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2014 SACNAS National Conference Update

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Every year the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (aka SACNAS) hosts a national conference in the hopes of gathering various universities, scientific organizations, scientists, researchers, and future researchers together to share ideas and help students that belong in minority ethnic groups get the edge they need to make it in today’s academic world.

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This years SACNAS Conference was held in Los Angeles and I was there to experience the conference amenities and share with potential candidates my experience in the REU program I participated in over the summer. If you would like to read about my experience in the Integrated Optics for Undergraduate-Native Americans program click here.

The conference ran from October 16th-18th, and was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, which to my surprise was right next door to the famous Staples Center.

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The view when you first walk into the convention.

The first day, I focused on going to professional development meetings and some lectures I found interesting. Continue reading

My experience with CIAN’S IOU-NA program

Learn more about the IOU-NA REU program and apply!

From Florida to Arizona

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The morning of March 24th, I got a phone call from Amee Hennig, the education and outreach manager from CIAN. She had called to say that I got accepted to CIAN’s IOU-NA program. A program designed to help Native American Undergraduate students from across the US, become an integral part of the research experience, specifically in the Optical Science department at the University of Arizona.

Arizona? When I applied to the program, I was not looking forward to the idea of spending the summer in Arizona, but I had always wanted to visit the land of my people. I was reminded that I had prayed for this a while ago, so I kept an open mind and decided to focus on the opportunity at hand instead. Even before I stepped foot into Tucson, CIAN was there to help me every step of the way.

So I got on a plane and headed to Tucson. Continue reading