SACNAS is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM. The full acronym stands for Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science.

The SACNAS Chapter at Stanford University seeks to fulfill this mission by creating a community of students and alumni that support each other through sharing knowledge, inspiring underrepresented youth, and developing personal and professional skills.

If these values resonate with you, we highly encourage you to join us!


Leslie Mateo email
Position: Copresident
Duties: Preside over the meetings of the organization, and will help in developing membership and coordinating activities.
Program: Graduate Student in Stanford School of Medicine Developmental Biology

Ellen Bouchard email
Position: Copresident
Duties: Preside over the meetings of the organization, and will help in developing membership and coordinating activities.
Program: Graduate Student in Stanford School of Medicine Developmental Biology

Adonis Rubio email
Position: Vice President
Duties: Assumes presidential responsibilities in the absence of the president, as well as help develop and coordinate outreach activities.
Program: Undergraduate Student in Stanford Biology

Caroline Arellano-Garcia email
Position: Treasurer
Duties: Handle, record and manage the finances of the group and will help to observe the rules during the meetings.
Program: Graduate Student in Stanford School of Medicine Biology

Previous Executive Boards
2018: Albert Hinman (President), Leslie Mateo (Grad VP), Martin Alcaraz Jr. (Undergrad VP), Ellen Bouchard (Secretary), David Yao (Financial Officer), Caroline Arellano-Garcia (National Liaison), Adonis Rubio (Social Chair)
2017: Molly Uyeda and Ariel Calderon (Copresidents), Albert Hinman (Secretary), Nikki Teran (Financial Officer)
2016: Cofounded by Ariel Calderon, Molly Uyeda, and Albert Hinman

Adviser Support
2018: Mijiza Sanchez, Samar Fahmy, Rahwa Abraham-Tesfay
2017: Mijiza Sanchez, Samar Fahmy
2016: Anita Blanco



Get in touch with us through the following ways:

  • Subscribe to our mailman listserv for more information regarding SACNAS development and events.
  • Contact our Vice President, Adonis Rubio, for any questions about our chapter or potential collaborations.
  • Visit our Facebook page.
  • Email us at SACNASatStanford@gmail.com


Upcoming Events


SACNAS Visit with Gilead

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019
Location: Gilead Campus, Foster City, CA
Join SACNAS at Stanford, along with other Bay Area SACNAS chapters, for a visit to the Gilead campus and a discussion with their scientists!

Joint Happy Hour with ADVNACE and BioAIMS

Date: Friday, July 12, 2019
Location: LKSC Lawn
Come enjoy our first happy hour of the summer with ADVANCE and SACNAS on Friday, July 12th, 5-7pm at the LKSC Alumni Lawn! We'll have plenty of drinks, food, and EANABs for everyone.
Meet the incoming ADVANCE cohort and catch up with your fellow BioAIMS and SACNAS members!

SACNAS Lunch Discussion with Dr. Natalia Gomez-Ospina, MD, PhD

Date: Thursday, May 9, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Location: Shriram 052
Join us for lunch (food provided!) and conversation with Dr. Natalia Gomez-Ospina, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in Genetics and Stem Cell Transplantation.


Spring General Meeting and Elections

Date: 5:00 - 6:00 PM, Monday, April 22nd
Location: Shriram 108
We will be electing new executive board members for the upcoming academic year, and talking about our exciting upcoming events!

2019 National Conference Travel Scholarship Workshop

Date: 5:00 - 6:30 PM Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Location: Engineering Quad
Join SACNAS at Stanford for a workshop where we will discuss the Travel Scholarship/Research Proposal application for the 2019 SACNAS conference in Hawaii. Most of this time will be spent on working/starting on the application while enjoying a dinner provided by us.

URM Lunch Series : Erika Bustamante

Date: 12 - 1:30 PM, Friday, February 8th, 2019
Location: TBD
Erika is the Director of State Government Relations at Stanford. She chose the policy route after finishing her PhD under Seung Kim in the Developmental Biology program at Stanford. She has also been heavily involved in SACNAS in the past. Please join us to learn about her journey from academia to policy.


Visit 23andMe with SACNAS at Stanford

Date: 9 - 12 am, Friday, January 25th, 2019
Location: 23andMe headquarters, Mountain View
Join SACNAS as we visit the 23andMe headquarters to learn more about career pathways at 23andMe, talk with their scientists, and tour their site!

Open Casa Happy Hour

Date: 5 - 7 pm, November 30, 2018
Location: LKSC 4th Floor
Join SACNAS at Stanford along with Las Hermanas in STEM and Stanford BioAIMS for a celebration of Latino culture with food, drinks, music, and dancing!

SACNAS National Conference 2018

Date: October 11 - 13, 2018
Location: San Antonio, Texas
The Stanford SACNAS Chapter is proud to be sending members once again to the SACNAS national conference to present their research and represent Stanford University.

Biosciences Activities and Resources Fair

Date: 3 - 5 pm, October 4, 2018
Location: Dean's Lawn
Come learn more about SACNAS at Stanford and how you can get involved as a Bioscience student!

Visit with SACNAS at Genentech

Date: April 27, 2018
Location: Genentech main campus, South San Francisco
Join us as we visit the Genentech campus to speak with members of the Genentech SACNAS chapter and tour their research facilities.

Stanford Fall Student Activities Fair

Date: 12-4pm, Friday, September 29th, 2017
Location: White Plaza, Stanford Univetsity
Be sure to catch members of the SACNAS Chapter at Stanford at the Fall Student Activities Fair! Be sure to ask our officers about our future events and plans for the year!

SACNAS Speaks Out: The Need to Hire More Underrepresented Faculty & Administrators in the Biosciences

Date: Thursday, October 4th, 2017
Location: G1161, Lokey Stem Cell Building, Stanford University
Please sign up for this event through this form, note that you need to receive an email confirmation to attend!


SACNAS National Conference

Date: October 19-21, 2017
Location: Salt Lake City Utah
Be sure to catch members of the SACNAS Chapter at Stanford in the SACNAS Conference in Salt Lake City this year!


For a list of upcoming activities, please view our calendar.