Past Distinguished Awardees

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Past Distinguished Awardees

SACNAS Distinguished Scientist Award Honorees
  • 2016: Steven Greenbaum, PhD, Hunter College City University of New York
  • 2015: Carlos Rios-Velazquez, PhD, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez
  • 2014: José A. López, MD, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • 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 Mentor Award
  • 2016: Sarina Ergas, PhD, University of South Florida
SACNAS Distinguished Student Mentor Award
  • 2015: Healani Chang, Dr.PH, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • 2015: Paul Barber, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
SACNAS Distinguished Research Mentor Award Honorees
  • 2015: Elba Serrano, PhD, New Mexico State University
  • 2014: Dana C. Crawford, PhD, Case Western Reserve University
  • 2013: Renato J. Aguilera, PhD, University of Texas, El Paso
SACNAS Distinguished Professional Mentor Award Honorees
  • 2014: John Matsui, PhD, University of California, Berkeley
  • 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 (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 Distinguished Undergraduate Institution Mentor Award Honorees
  • 2014: Herbert Medina, PhD, Layola Marymount University
  • 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
  • 2014: Claudia Barreto, PhD, University of New Mexico, Valencia Campus
  • 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 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