Mathematics at the 2017 SACNAS National Conference

The 2017 National Conference of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) was held in Salt Lake City, UT, October 18-21. The conference featured keynote speakers, sessions and symposia, awards, undergraduate student poster presentations, graduate student presentations, mentoring, field trips, and social events--and mathematics continues to be a significant component of the program. The AMS is pleased to be a Special Session Sponsor and report on the mathematics at this annual conference.

Below are some videos of the AMS Reception for the Math Community and some of the math community at the conference.

AMS Reception for Math Community at #SACNAS2017

#WhyILoveMath  #RealFaceofMath

Student Presentations in Mathematics

The following undergraduate students received awards for mathematics and statistics posters:

Applied Mathematics: Raul Platero, Emory University; Adriana Ortiz, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras; Ariana Moncada, University of Texas at San Antonio

Statistics: Julia Thome, Cornell College

Algebra/Number Theory/Combinatorics: Rafael Ceja, California State University, Sacramento; Christian Do, California State University, Fullerton; Sabrina Enriquez, University of Southern California

Mathematical Biology: Henry Guajardo, Brigham Young University

Mathematics (general): Kriselyn Cortado, University of Hawai’i – West O’ahu

There were Graduate Student Presentations in Mathematical Sciences as well. Congrats Danielle Brager, Arizona State University, received the Award in Mathematics for "A Mathematical Analysis of Aerobic Glycolysis Triggered by Glucose Uptake in Cones."

Conversations with Scientists - Mathematical Sciences Section

This annual session gives undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to talk informally with mentors in the mathematical sciences about discipline-specific career paths, share experiences with each other, and discuss mathematics, courses, graduate programs. The mentors at each table answer questions and guide the discussions.

Conversations with Mathematicians #SACNAS2017


The AMS was among the institutes, colleges, universities, associations, hospitals, companies and government agencies that provided information about educational programs and career opportunities in the sciences, and the AMS is also a Special Session Sponsor. The AMS exhibit drew undergraduate and graduate students, mathematicians, and mentors. AMS Public Awareness Officer Annette Emerson answered questions about the Society's programs and services including Find Graduate Programs in the Mathematical Sciences. This online resource allows users to search and sort grad programs in the U.S. and Canada by specialties, requirements, masters or PhD, size and location.

The AMS provided students and mentors with materials including:

The Society also displayed resources from the American Statistical Association on careers, awards and scholarships, membership, meetings and publications.

Find more information about the 2017 SACNAS Conference, including the Modern Math Workshops, Women in Math and other sessions in the mathematical sciences. The 2018 conference will be held in San Antonio, TX, October 11-13.

--- Annette Emerson, AMS Public Awareness Officer

American Mathematical Society