Student & Postdoctoral Research Presentations

Undergraduate students, postbaccalaureate, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers are invited to submit an abstract for a chance to present their research during the Annual National Conference.  A vital component of our mentoring program, SACNAS mentors provide feedback and guidance to students at every level of research experience and presentation skill.  Here are some examples of abstract submissions accepted in various STEM disciplines.

Student and Postdoctoral Researcher Eligibility

  • Be an undergraduate or postbaccalaureate at the time of submission
  • Be a graduate student or postdoctoral researcher at the time of submission
  • Profile: Create or update your SACNAS profile
  • Be a current SACNAS member. You must have current SACNAS Membership (thru conference dates). You will not be able to access the application without current membership.
  • Membership: Current SACNAS membership required at time of submission
  • Guidelines: Submitters must read and follow the 2015 Abstract Submission Guidelines 
  • Is this your first time submitting an Abstract? Take a look at the Student Presentations Resource page for more information.

Before you begin your abstract submission please read all the FAQs. Follow all the links in the website because this information will be useful for you for submitting your abstract and other important information. If you are new to SACNAS please create a SACNAS profile. Once you have created it, you can retrieve your SACNAS ID in your profile, which is needed to submit your abstract. On a final note it is recommended you submit your abstract ahead of time to avoid any misfortunes.


Undergraduate Student Poster Abstract


Spring Submissions- TBD

Spring Applicants: If you submitted during the spring deadline you will receive your notification by the end of June

NOTE:  Once notified, awardees will have 2-3 weeks to register for the SACNAS National Conference. Failure to register by the deadline stated in the notification e-mail will result in abstract withdrawal. All pending and outstanding dues must be paid to SACNAS before you register for the conference.

Summer Submissions: TBD

The purpose of the summer application is to accommodate undergraduate students participating in a summer research program. The summer application prioritizes space and funding for students conducting summer research.

Students in a summer research program:

  • Have your summer program information available (program name, host institution, program director name/email) as you will have to enter it on your application. Please note that we will contact your summer program director to verify your participation.

Students not in a summer research program:

  • You cannot re-apply in the summer if you submitted a spring application that was not approved.
  • If you missed the spring deadline SACNAS will still consider your summer application, however applications from students in a summer program will receive priority.

*Please look over the student presentations Guidelines or the FAQ page for more information

NOTE: Once notified, awardees will have 2 weeks to register for the SACNAS National Conference. Failure to register by the deadline stated in the notification e-mail will result in abstract withdrawal. All pending and outstanding dues must be paid to SACNAS before you register for the conference.


Graduate Student Poster Abstract


Spring Submission: TBD

NOTE:  Once notified, awardees will have 2-3 weeks to register for the SACNAS National Conference. Failure to register by the deadline stated in the notification e-mail will result in abstract withdrawal. All pending and outstanding dues must be paid to SACNAS before you register for the conference.

Summer Submissions: TBD

Graduate students are eligible to submit an abstract for a poster presentation at SACNAS 2014. Students interested in submitting an abstract must be either a 1st or 2nd year graduate student. SACNAS is not accepting abstracts for oral presentations.

NOTE:  Once notified, awardees will have 2-3 weeks to register for the SACNAS National Conference. Failure to register by the deadline stated in the notification e-mail will result in abstract withdrawal. All pending and outstanding dues must be paid to SACNAS before you register for the conference.


Graduate Student Oral Abstract


Spring Submission Only: TBD

NOTE:  Once notified, awardees will have 2-3 weeks to register for the SACNAS National Conference. Failure to register by the deadline stated in the notification e-mail will result in abstract withdrawal. All pending and outstanding dues must be paid to SACNAS before you register for the conference.


Important Information


Abstract Selection Criteria

The SACNAS Student Presentations Committee created sample abstracts to help guide students to prepare high quality research abstract submissions and to understand some of what we are looking for during abstract review. For additional resources, please visit Presentation Resources.

  • Each single abstract is reviewed by 2 independent scientific reviewers with expertise that is matched to the abstract subject 'track'.
  • Each reviewer will use the cirteria and scoring system described in the Abstract review guidelines to assess each abstract.
  • A final decision on the acceptance to the conference is made on the basis of the combined scores from all reviewers. Comments  and recommendations from reviewers may also be taken into account. The whole review process is overseen by the Student Research Presentations Programs Manager and Student Presentations Committee.

SACNAS has again experienced a significant annual increase of submissions over the past few years and we are expecting a record number this year. Every effort will be made to include everyone, however priority consideration will be given to first time abstract submitters. 


 Student Award Presentation Recognition


2014 Student Research Presentation Recognitions

Exemplary undergraduate student poster presenters and graduate student oral presenters are honored at the National Conference for their research presentations. In 2014, more than 1,000 students and postdoctoral researchers presented their research at the SACNAS National Conference. Thanks to sponsor contributions, SACNAS was able to award 105 students and were recognized for their outstanding research presentations at the awards ceremony.

Meet the 2014 presentations awardees

Meet the 2013 presentation awardees


Additional Information & Support

Please read the Research Presentations FAQs and if you need further assistance in submitting your abstract please contact SACNAS Student Research Presentations Programs Manager, Jessica Macias, at (toll free) 877-SACNAS-1.