Learn More About Chapters

SACNAS chapters throughout the nation provide year round, local support, strength and leadership development for students and professional scientists from underrepresented backgrounds. Chapter members are encouraged to share information, resources, and peer-to-peer mentorship, as well as to take part in opportunities to give back to their communities and develop leadership skills.

988 NEW! Professional Chapters give professionals the opportunity to promote the mission of SACNAS at the local and national level to offer educational and professional development resources and opportunities.


990 SACNAS Student Chapters provide year-round mentorship and networking opportunities for SACNAS members. Through participation in SACNAS chapters, students, postdocs, faculty, and chapter advisors gain ongoing, local support for their development as scientists and science leaders.

Benefits of Chapter Involvement

  • Local support for students for mentoring, academic success, personal networking, and social community
  • Leadership development and networking that complement your academic career and resume
  • Access to a national network of students and professionals
  • Opportunities to apply for funding that support chapter activities and events
  • Opportunity to host, organize, and participate in SACNAS regional meeting


Join A Chapter

Find and Join a Current Chapter

Check out our 110 current chapters to locate an active group in your area. Contact the advisor or president for information on the group or connect with chapter members through their website/Facebook page.

Chapter Resources

Interested in starting a new student or professional chapter? Want to learn more about what chapters are doing locally?  Visit our chapter resource page where you can find all of the documents needed to start a new chapter, learn more about developing your chapter, and read articles written by and for chapter members.

Requirements to Remain Active

Chapters must submit their Annual Report and Mid-Year Report in order to retain its active status with SACNAS. Students who want to reactivate a chapter at their school must first have an engaged and knowledgeable advisor before contacting SACNAS National. Please contact [email protected] to learn what you need to reactivate a chapter!


Chapter Recognitions

On behalf of the SACNAS Chapters Committee, we would like to thank every chapter who submitted their annual report and continues to provide the nation with year-round, local support, strenth, and leadership development for students from underrepresented backgrounds. We would like to recognize the following 13 chapters who displayed outstanding work for the 2014-15 academic year. Click here to see our: 2015 Chapter Reception Presentation, and Congrats to all! 

See our previous year awardees.