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SACNAS Postdoc Programs

SACNAS sustains a vibrant and active community of postdoctoral scientists. Resources and initiatives of the SACNAS Postdoc Programs aim to assist members to flourish during the transition from student to professional researcher, educator, administrator and/or policy leader.
Minority Postdoc Community
Throughout the year members of SACNAS' minority postdoc community interact online in an exchange of peer-to-peer mentoring activities. The Minority Postdoc website provides information on events, job and fellowship opportunities and career advancement resources. Sign up online to become a member of the online Minority Postdoc Community and take part in additional activities such as discussion groups, polls and opportunity listings.
Opportunities for New PhDs
Complimentary Postdoc Membership
Doctorate degree recipients are eligible to receive a one-year free membership to the organization. For more information, see the SACNAS Membership page.

Each edition of the organization's publication, the SACNAS News, honors recent recipients of a doctoral degree and includes details on their accomplishments. Submission guidelines and additional details are available on the SACNAS News page.

Mentoring Resource for Postdocs Working with Undergraduate Students
Develop mentoring skills with The Leadership Institute’s resource titled: Mentoring Undergraduates in Summer Research Programs (PDF) (3,850 KB).

National Conference
Postdoc and Graduate Student Networking Reception

Research Presentations: SACNAS postdoc members and upper level graduate student members are showcased by presenting their exemplary research. Postdocs and graduate students are encouraged to use this session to network with professionals and recruiters regarding faculty search committees, career opportunities in industry, and academic, government, and corporate postdoctoral fellowships. Abstract submission deadline is July 20. Simply become a member and register for the conference to submit your abstract today.

Recruiting Table Opportunity:The Postdoc and Graduate Student Networking Reception is a unique opportunity to meet more than 250 SACNAS minority young professionals and upper-level graduate students who are interested in learning about opportunities and fellowships available at your organization. A table sponsorship at this Reception provides the most affordable opportunity to meet the best and the brightest minority STEM professionals and graduate students while gaining personalized visibility for your organization. This year, all recruitment tables will be strategically placed for high visibility and foot traffic (by entrance and refreshments). In addition, sponsoring a Reception table offers a prime opportunity to raise your company profile as a leading organization at this year’s SACNAS conference. Please contact Tanya Beat, program manager, for the list of sponsor benefits and for more information about how to reserve a table.

SACNAS Conference Travel Scholarships
Postdocs have the opportunity to attend the SACNAS National Conference. and have your travel and lodging sponsored via a SACNAS travel scholarship. If you are interested in applying for a travel scholarship to attend the SACNAS National Conference, please contact Perla Miranda, program manager for specific instructions. Travel Scholarship Deadline is July 9!

Conference Leadership Workshops
Take part in the Conference Leadership Workshops activities offered during the first day of the annual national conference. Theses unique workshops are part of the year-round Leadership Program which includes a week-long Summer Leadership Institute and on-going communication during the academic year. Institute topics vary by year and cover key skills such as taking charge of your career, creating a leadership path, building and working with teams, and university administration.

Call for Mentors and Judges

Abstract Review: Critical review of student abstracts and presentations is an important mentoring activity and enhances the quality of science presented at the organization's national meeting. Student abstract reviews are scheduled for July and August. To be part of the Abstract Review Process, contact Nancy Rocha or (toll free) 877-SACNAS-1.

Presentation Judging: Becoming an accomplished research presenter is a critical skill for SACNAS students. To lend your expertise at the conference as a presentation judge, contact Nancy Rocha. Signing up to judge before the conference allows us to assign students to you earlier and we can provide students’ contact information to you earlier as well.

SACNAS Distinguished Mentor Awards
In order to honor those dedicated individuals who serve as mentors and role models to the next generation of minority scientists, SACNAS presents the Distinguished Mentor Awards annually. Postdocs are invited to nominate a mentor for recognition by the Society. Award recipients receive complimentary travel and lodging to the annual SACNAS conference and are presented with recognition of their award at the Awards Ceremony.

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