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Northern recognized at SACNAS conference


Northern students and faculty attended the national conference for the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science this October, returning with new inspiration and recognition.

Seven Northern students won Travel Awards to attend the annual conference, which took place in San Antonio, Texas. Yuri Almeida, Leorrie Atencio, Gladys Rimkus and Justin Salazar presented research at the conference and were joined by attendees Lisa Salazar, Joel Martinez and Bernadette Gomez.

"SACNAS is the one of the most important societies for the advancement of minorities in science today," Northern's Chair of Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science Ulises Ricoy said. "The goal is to move these students toward positions of science leadership."

Faculty members Mario Izaguirre-Sierra, Ivette Guzman and Mario Montes-Helu also attended.

Leorrie Atencio brought home the award for Best Undergraduate Research in the Plant Biology category.

"Attending the conference made me feel more motivated to continue my education and pursue a Ph.D. and also made me more confident in my ability to do so," Atencio said. "All of us worked hard to attend and present at the conference, so being able to bring an award back to Northern is an honor to all of us in the Biology program."

For more information about SACNAS and Science programs at Northern, contact:

Ulises Ricoy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Chair of Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science
Northern New Mexico College
921 North Paseo de Oñate
Española, NM 87532
Tel: 505-747-2223
Fax: 505-747-2228