SACNAS Distinguished Awards

Through distinguished awards, SACNAS recognizes SACNISTAs for their dedication to science, education, and mentoring. Awardees are those who have reached the top of their field and continue to serve as role models for the next generation of minority scientists.

SACNAS Distinguished Awards are presented annually during the SACNAS National Conference. Awardees receive honorary lifetime SACNAS membership and are the guests of SACNAS at the conference.

SACNAS Distinguished Scientist Award Honorees

  • 2013: Miguel A. Mora, PhD, Texas A&M University
  • 2012: Miguel José Yacamán, PhD, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • 2011: Enrique Lavernia, PhD, University of California, Davis
  • 2010: Ramon Lopez, PhD, University of Texas at Arlington
  • 2009: Jorge Gardea-Torresdey, PhD, University of Texas at El Paso
  • 2008: Juan Meza, PhD, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • 2007: Eloy Rodriguez, PhD, Cornell University
  • 2006: Donna Nelson, PhD, University of Oklahoma
  • 2005: Margaret Werner-Washburne, PhD, University of New Mexico
  • 2004: Elma Gonzalez, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2003: John Alderete, PhD, University of Texas Health Science Center
  • 2002: Arthur Gutierrez-Hartmann, PhD, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
  • 2001: Carlos Castillo-Chavez, PhD, Cornell University
  • 2000: Richard Tapia, PhD, Rice University
  • 1999: Fred Begay, PhD, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • 1998: Francisco J. Ayala, PhD, University of California, Irvine
  • 1997: Luis Villarreal, PhD, University of California, Irvine
  • 1997: Frank Talamantes, PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz

SACNAS Distinguished Research Mentor Award Honorees

SACNAS Distinguished Undergraduate Institution Mentor Award Honorees

  • 2013: Maria Cristina Villalobos, PhD, The University of Texas-Pan American
  • 2012: Erika T. Camacho, PhD, Arizona State University
  • 2011: Carlos Gutierrez, PhD, California State University, Los Angeles
  • 2010: Ricardo Cortez, PhD, Tulane University
  • 2009: Frank Bayliss, PhD, San Francisco State University
  • 2008: R. Deborah Overath, PhD, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi
  • 2007: Glenn D. Kuehn, PhD, New Mexico State University
  • 2006: Roberto Steven Pozos, PhD, San Diego State University
  • 2005: Phillip A. Ortiz, PhD, Empire State College of the State University of New York
  • 2004: Laura Robles, PhD, California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • 2003: Frank Gomez, PhD, California State University, Los Angeles
  • 2002: Thomas D. Landefeld, PhD, California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • 2001: Carlos Robles, PhD, California State University, Los Angeles
  • 2000: Luis S. Haro, PhD, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • 1999: Vernon L. Avila, PhD, San Diego State University
  • 1998: John C. Perez, PhD, Texas A&M University–Kingsville

SACNAS Distinguished Tribal College Mentor Award Honorees

  • 2012: Sharon Condon, MA, Haskell Indian Nations University
  • 2011: Douglas Stevens, PhD, Salish Kootenai College
  • 2004: Dennis O’Malley, PhD, Haskell Indian Nations University
  • 2001: Vama Robson, PhD, Diné College–East
  • 2000: Edward Garrison, PhD/MPH, Diné College

SACNAS Distinguished Community College Mentor Award Honorees

  • 2013: Robert J. Urtecho, PhD, College of the Sequoias
  • 2012: Octavio Pierre Romero, MA, San Diego Mesa College
  • 2008: Christine Case, EdD, Skyline College
  • 2007: Jaye Van Kirk, MA, San Diego Mesa College
  • 2005: Kamala D. Sharma, PhD, University of New Mexico–Gallup Branch
  • 2003: Maria Alvarez, PhD, El Paso Community College
  • 2002: Socorro Arteaga, PhD, EL Paso Community College
  • 1999: Anthony Sena, PhD, Northern New Mexico Community College
  • 1998: Miriam J. Roman-Chavez, PhD, University New Mexico, Valencia

SACNAS Distinguished Professional Mentor Award Honorees

  • 2013: Jacquelyn R. Bolman, PhD, Humboldt State University
  • 2012: Terry Woodin, PhD, National Science Foundation
  • 2011: David Ernst, PhD, Vanderbilt University
  • 2010: George Perry, PhD, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • 2009: Maria Fatima Lima, PhD, Meharry Medical College
  • 2008: Sonia Ortega, PhD, National Science Foundation
  • 2007: Diana I. Marinez, PhD, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi
  • 2006: Anthony René, PhD, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, NIH, DHHS
  • 2005: Kika Friend, MA, University of California, Irvine
  • 2004: Clifton A. Poodry, PhD, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, NIH, DHHS
  • 2003: Levon Parker, BS, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH, DHHS

SACNAS Distinguished STEM Education Award Honorees

(formerly: SACNAS Distinguished K-12 Educator Award from 2000–2009)

  • 2011: Michael Arratia, San Benito Consolidated Independent School District
  • 2010: Maria Eguia-Vera, Luis Pales Matos High School, Puerto Rico
  • 2008: Wendell Gehman, MS, Red Cloud High School
  • 2007: Elizabeth M. Redondo, MA/MEd, Mission View Elementary
  • 2004: Manuel P. Berriozábal, PhD, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • 2003: Carmen J. Nuñez, MA, Villalba High School
  • 2002: Roberto Marrero-Ortiz, Carmen Bozello de Huyke High School
  • 2001: Mario Godoy-Gonzalez, PhD, Royal High School
  • 2000: Diane Garcia, MS, MAST Academy in Miami

SACNAS Distinguished Service to the Society Honorees

  • 2012: Arlene Nededog, MEd, Director of Undergraduate Retention Programs, Colorado State University

SACNAS Presidential Service Award Honorees

  • 2010: Donna Blancero, PhD & Richard Weibl, for leadership of the SACNAS Leadership Program
  • 2009: Wilfred Denetclaw, PhD, for advancing SACNAS Native American Initiatives
  • 2009: Healani Chang, DrPH, for leadership of the SACNAS Native American Affairs Committee
  • 2009: Joseph Garcia, PhD, for leadership of the SACNAS Leadership Program
  • 2009: Howard Peters, PhD, for fostering the partnership between SACNAS and the American Chemical Society
  • 2008: Robert Barnhill, PhD, for long-time service, including leadership of conference partnerships in Kansas, Utah, & Texas
  • 2008: Miriam Georgina Cabezas, MPP, for commitment to the organization and its policy initiatives
  • 2008: Chuck Kennicutt, PhD, Craig Tweedie, PhD, & Dennis Martinez, for leadership of the IPY Committee and TEK activities
  • 2008: Kathleen O’Hara, PhD, & Michelle D. Wagner, PhD, for leadership of SACNAS mathematics initiatives
  • 2008: Theresa Martinez, PhD, & Octavio Villalpando, PhD for leadership of the 2008 Local Organizing Committee
  • 2008: Brenda Burrell, Frank Cordova, Forrest Cuch, Dr. Chuck Foster, Nino Reyos, Doug Rodriguez, Janice Jones Shroeder, Moises Terrazas, & Dr. Sweeney Windchief, for participation on the 2008 Local Organizing Committee
  • 2007: Almaris Alonzo for advancing the SACNAS Chapter Program
  • 2007: James Orr, PhD, for leadership of the 2007 Local Organizing Committee
  • 2007: Clifton Poodry, PhD, for support of underrepresented minority science leaders within SACNAS
  • 2007: Sylvia Trujillo, JD, & J.V. Martinez, PhD, for fostering the SACNAS-SHPE-MAES Consortium
  • 2006: Ricardo Cortez, PhD, & Ivelisse Rubio, PhD, for developing & leading the SACNAS Mathematics Program
  • 2006: Gustavo Miranda-Carboni, PhD, & Gabriel Montaño, PhD, for leadership of the SACNAS Student Presentations Program
  • 2006: Alberto Roca, PhD, for developing & leading the SACNAS Postdoc Program
  • 2006: Maggie Werner-Washburne, PhD, for developing & leading the SACNAS Genomics Program

Distinguished Award Nominations

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