As we are getting ready to greet winter weather in Alaska, it’s hard to imagine what 90 degrees F and sunny would be like. Luckily for some of us, this was a reality two weeks ago when we had the opportunity to travel to San Antonio, Texas to attend annual conference of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).
Representing University of Alaska Southeast was Mr. Jasper Nelson, an undergraduate student majoring in biology. From University of Alaska Fairbanks were Ms. Sonia Ibarra and myself, both graduate students in fisheries and MESAS cohort 2012.
Photo: Jasper, Sonia and myself at a SACNAS dinner
This year, 2013, is the 40th anniversary of SACNAS, an organization that is committed to empowering and inspiring underrepresented groups to pursue education and careers in science. At this year’s conference, we experienced the SACNAS commitment through programming tailored towards students in all stages of their education, ranging from programs that focus on cultural diversity at the postdoctoral level to summer internships for Native American students. Best of all, the opportunity to network and meet with individuals committed to diversity in science was inspiring and encouraging!
- We had the chance to attend a geology field trip organized by SACNAS.
Photo: Hydraulic fracking site
- Sonia and I presented our posters at the graduate student poster session.
Photo: Sonia, deep in conversation
Photo: Posing at my poster
- The 2013 PowWow. We aren’t posting pictures here but trust me, we represented Alaska well.
- Exhausted trip home:
Photo: Jasper and I comparing legroom (Jasper is 6’3” and I am 5’2”)
Photo: Rainbow in Ketchikan!
Thank you SACNAS for the generous travel scholarships and MESAS for funding conference registration!