SACNAS’ National Diversity in STEM Conference Provides Opportunity to 5,100+ Diverse STEM Student and Professionals

Energizing. Inspiring. Record-breaking.

SACNAS’ National Diversity in STEM Conference broke records in 2019, hosting over 5,100 attendees and the largest number of exhibiting partners, particularly in industry, to date.

Hosted every year by the Society for Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), the National Diversity in STEM Conference brings together college students and professionals in STEM for three days of scientific/STEM and professional development sessions, motivational keynote speakers, cultural events, and more.


Photo Credit: SACNAS/Lisa Helfert

Photo Credit: SACNAS/Lisa Helfert

Photo Credit: SACNAS/Lisa Helfert

Photo Credit: SACNAS/Lisa Helfert

Photo Credit: SACNAS/Lisa Helfert

Photo Credit: SACNAS/Lisa Helfert


Through partnerships with top STEM institutions, companies, and agencies across the country, the conference was interwoven with multiple opportunities for attendees to identify contacts, resources, and strategies to advance their education and careers.

The sold out Graduate School and Career Expo Hall provided unparalleled access for attendees to speak directly with over 430 representatives including Amazon, Google, NASA, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Cornell University, and many more.

Workshops like “Postdocs in Industry: An Opportunity to Explore” and “Making the Right Moves: Navigating Your Path in Academic Science,” were among 125 total breakout sessions, which for many attendees, opened the door to new, unexplored opportunities.

“I learned to be open minded about life after undergraduate school. I gained knowledge of the possibilities open in my career field and all the options I have,” said first-time attendee Roxanna Martinez.

A hallmark session is always “Conversations with Scientists”, sponsored for the second year in a row by Amgen. This event invites all conference attendees to network over lunch and garner career advice from diverse peers and experts in their field.

Receptions sponsored by partners including GlaxoSmithKline, Genentech, and American Chemical Society, allowed attendees a uniquely intimate opportunity to network directly with professionals across all STEM sectors.

Some partners also served as mentor judges, speaking directly to students presenting their research— over 800 students in total, with 82 receiving awards for excellence.

With this expansion in corporate, impact, and engagement partners, these relationships overall were critical to what ultimately became the largest National Diversity in STEM Conference in SACNAS’ history, injecting $23 million into the local economy.

With the 2020 conference in Long Beach, California, we look forward to surpassing these records yet again and forging new relationships to maximize the opportunity we can collectively bring to the SACNAS community both year-round and at the conference.

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