Honor Excellence

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Honoring excellence inspires the next generation

SACNAS knows that to build strong scientists, you need strong role models. Every year we honor the members of our community who have demonstrated dedication to science, education, and mentoring, through SACNAS Distinguished Awards. Each awardee is proof that diversity and excellence in STEM not only matter, but are possible.

2017 Awardees

Distinguished Scientist

Robert S. Fuller, PhD

Distinguished Scientist Award

Professor of Biological Chemistry, Director Cellular and Molecular Biology PhD Program

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

distinguished mentor

Cynthia Wyels, PhD

Distinguished Mentor Award

Professor of Mathematics

California State University Channel Islands


Interested in nominating your mentor for a 2018 SACNAS Distinguished Award? Find out more.

Our Awards

SACNAS Distinguished Scientist Award

Nominee holds a PhD or other doctoral degree in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) research field, has a minimum of ten years of experience as a principal investigator, and is 45 years of age or older. The nominee must be engaged in research and educational activities at the national level including, but not limited to active funded research projects or funded STEM-based education initiatives. The Distinguished Scientist will be recognized on stage at 2017 SACNAS – The National Diversity in STEM Conference in October.

SACNAS Distinguished Mentor Award

The Distinguished Mentor is selected from among the top candidates submitted in all the outstanding mentor categories listed below. The Distinguished Mentor will be recognized on stage at 2017 SACNAS – The National Diversity in STEM Conference in October. Outstanding Mentors will receive digital and multimedia (web, email, social media) recognition by SACNAS. Nominees have a sustained record of at least ten years of participating in educational and/or community outreach activities.

SACNAS Outstanding College/University Mentor
SACNAS Outstanding Community College Mentor
SACNAS Outstanding Research and Professional Mentor
SACNAS Outstanding Native American Student Mentor
SACNAS Outstanding Hispanic Student Mentor

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