2014 SACNAS Emerging Leaders in Science

SACNAS is proud to announce the cohort for the 2014 SACNAS Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) to be held at Stanford University,1086 July 14 – 18.

These 30 emerging leaders—at the postdoctoral, early career, and mid-career levels—were selected from a national pool of applicants.

Dr. Marina Ramon, Senior Manager for Postdocs & Professionals and staff lead for the Institute says, “Every year we see a very competitive pool of candidates for the SLI and the 2014 SLI cohort has tremendous leadership potential. In particular, the selection committee was very impressed with how the cohort clearly articulated how they are going to utilize their desired outcomes from the training for practical application towards meeting their current and future leadership projects.”

The 2014 SACNAS SLI cohort will engage in an intensive five day course featuring a curriculum that focuses on issues specific to the needs of underrepresented minority science leadership, networking opportunities, and provides participants with take-away tools and individual leadership development planning to leverage leadership advancement at their home institutions.

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2014 SLI Cohort


Selenne Bañuelos, PhD– University of Southern California
Leslie Ann Caromile, PhD – University of Connecticut Health Center
Patty Garcia, PhD – Stanford University
Jesus Luna, PhD – Institute for Regenerative Cures
Raymond Malfavon-Borja, PhD – Eccles Institute of Human Genetics
Azucena Rodriguez, PhD – Northwestern University
José Rodriguez-Martinez, PhD – University of Wisconsin, Madison
Desiré Whitmore, PhD – University of California, Berkeley
Monica Yellowhair, PhD – University of Arizona
Matthew Young, PhD – Emory University

Early Career Professionals

Diana Azurdia, PhD – University of California, Los Angeles
Regina Barber DeGraaf, PhD – Western Washington University
Alejandro Bugarin, PhD – University of Texas, Arlington
Nora Domínguez Garcia, PhD – University of New Mexico
Kristy Duran, PhD – Adams State University
Veronica Galván, PhD – University of San Diego
Pamela Geddes, PhD – Northeastern Illinois University
Dione Rossiter, PhD – American Association for the Advancement of Science
Christopher Himes, PhD – Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Ricardo Ramirez, PhD – Utah State University

Mid-Career Professionals

Lorena Garcia, MPH, DrPh – University of California, Davis
Julia Marcela Hernandez, PhD – Ohio State University
Jani Ingram, PhD – Northern Arizona University
Stephen Jett, PhD – University of New Mexico
Loyda Meléndez, PhD – University of Puerto Rico
Chinonye Nnakwe, PhD – University of Chicago
Victor Perez-Luna, PhD – Illinois Institute of Technology
Ester Sztein, PhD – The National Academies
Michaelann Tartis, PhD – New Mexico Tech
Nafeesa Owens, PhD – The National Science Foundation

Learn More about the SLI

Stories from emerging leaders: three scientists share their experience of the SACNAS Summer Leadership Institute. 

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