Students Present Their Science

Thousands Attending National Conference in Anaheim

Cal State Fullerton students are presenting their research findings at the national conference of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science that continues through Oct. 4 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

The 37-year-old society and its 20,000 affiliates and partners foster the success of Hispanics, Chicanos and Native Americans from their start as student researchers through advanced degrees and careers.

Held in conjunction with the Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists, the event is expected to involve 4,000 participants.

Short description of image contentCaption: Michael Berriman and Adrianna Arteaga hone their lab skills on campus. Photo by Karen Tapia

“Science, Technology & Diversity for a Sustainable Future” is the conference theme, which attracted presenters from the university’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

“SACNAS is an excellent venue for students,” said Robert A. Koch, acting dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

“The entire meeting is designed around teaching students how to become professional scientists and provides a very friendly environment where, for example, students can learn about and explore such activities as networking with peers from other campuses, as well as with faculty from programs that may be of future interest,” he explained.

“They also can present their own work to peers and student-friendly judges who provide positive, yet critical feedback on research talks and posters,” he added, noting that CSUF students have done well enough to win research awards at previous SACNAS conferences.

 “At few other venues can students hear a Nobel laureate present her or his research and stay around to answer questions from them.”


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