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.
Robert S. Fuller, PhD
Distinguished Scientist Award
Professor of Biological Chemistry, Director Cellular and Molecular Biology PhD Program
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Cynthia Wyels, PhD
Distinguished Mentor Award
Professor of Mathematics
California State University Channel Islands
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.