2010 SACNAS National Conference Welcomes Postdocs

By Meda Higa, Ph.D. and Alberto I. Roca, Ph.D.

The SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) Postdoc Committee invited postdocs to present their research and to network at the SACNAS National Conference in Anaheim, California from September 30 to October 3, 2010.

SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering Hispanic/Chicano and Native American trainees and professional in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership. For more information, visit www.sacnas.org. SACNAS expects over 3,000 attendees — including students, postdocs, faculty, and professionals in all STEM fields — at this unique diversity/ mentoring event. Here, postdoc attendees had the opportunity to attend career development sessions, to showcase their research, and to network with professionals in academia, industry, and post-academic fields. The annual conference offered numerous chances to mentor students, including reviewing submitted student poster abstracts and judging the poster competition.

Notably, the postdoc networking reception and poster session brought together attendees in a job/ networking forum. Last year’s conference included recruiters from DuPont, Novartis, Procter & Gamble, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Texas A&M University, and the University of Pennsylvania. Postdocs showcased their research through the poster session. The poster abstract and travel scholarship deadline for this 2010 conference was July 20.

The conference will include professional career-development sessions on (i) creating an individual development plan; (ii) identifying and applying to postdoctoral fellowships; (iii) obtaining your first academic faculty job; (iv) exploring post-academic careers; and (v) technical science writing for peer-reviewed journals. Postdoc attendees were also offered the opportunity to meet informally and socialize at the off-site postdoc mixer and at the conference banquet meals during the keynote presentations. Details of all postdoc-specific activities can be found here.

Given the current economic situation, and overall shortage of funding in California, this annual meeting provided an excellent opportunity for University of California postdocs to get involved in professional activities close to home. To keep informed of other related postdoc activities, contact [email protected].

Snapshots from the 2009 SACNAS Annual Conference in Dallas, TX.

Meda Higa, Ph.D., was a Postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania and Chair of the SACNAS Postdoc Committee. Alberto I. Roca, Ph.D., is Founder of MinorityPostdoc.org and a former UC-Irvine postdoc representative for the Council of Postdoctoral Scholars. Any opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

Photo credits: A.I.Roca

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article first appeared in the May 2010 issue of the UC Postdoc Newsletter on page 3. MinorityPostdoc.org is now publishing original written works. Submit article ideas by contacting us at .

Last updated 18-Dec-2011,
Published 2-May-2010