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Students From 17 CSU Campuses Show Their Research Findings at SACNAS National Event

MAES and SACNAS Hold Concurrent National Conferences in Anaheim

The Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and the Society of Mexican American Engineers & Scientists (MAES) held concurrent national conferences at the Anaheim Convention Center, from Sept. 29 through Oct. 3.

Garrett Ashley Keynotes at MAES 2010

Garrett Ashley, CSU vice chancellor, University Relations and Advancement, delivers keynote address to members of the Hispanic Serving Institutions Dean's Summit at MAES, on Oct. 1.

The two events were held together to take advantage of the community of members shared by both organizations and their common interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The organizations attracted approximately 5,200 attendees, drawn by what some participants called the national event of the year for the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) field.

CSU Vice Chancellor Ashley Keynotes at MAES Deans' Summit

Vice Chancellor Garrett Ashley spoke about CSU's external partnerships to build a college-ready pipeline of students. He said that these partnerships are the pathway to success that the state and country need.

"Ensuring affordable access to higher education for all Californians is critical to the state’s future; even more important during times of economic distress," Ashley said.

A cornerstone of the CSU’s mission is educating all Californians, regardless of background. More than ever, the campuses reflect California’s changing population offering curricula and programs that recognize the state’s diverse student population. One-third of California’s population is Latino; and Latinos represent 25 percent of the CSU’s 430,000 students.

CSU executives and College of Engineering Deans at MAES Conference 2010

From left, Jorge Haynes, senior director of external affairs for the CSU system; Forouzan Golshani, dean, College of Engineering, CSU Long Beach; Keith Moo-Young, dean, College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology, Cal State Los Angeles; Garrett Ashley, vice chancellor, University Relations and Advancement for the CSU system; Emir Jose Macari, dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Sacramento State; Victor Delgado, assistant dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Cal State Fullerton.

"The CSU’s efforts in this area are indicative of its core belief that education can dramatically change lives by opening new careers, unconsidered perspectives, novel avenues of discovery, and critical life skills," he said.


Students Present their Research to Peers and Potential Employers

SACNAS, a 37-year-old community of scientists dedicated to preserving excellence in science and improving the diversity of America's scientific workforce, was the venue for 98 research presentations by student teams from 17 CSU campuses. Some presentations were multidisciplinary and conducted by multi-nation collaborations.

The national event is a unique place for students seeking collaborations with other scientists and interdisciplinary teams, and for the advancement of students' opportunities to become professional scientists.

Research projects were presented by students from the following CSU campuses

(* indicates 10 or more presentations):


Channel Islands

Dominguez Hills*




Long Beach

Los Angeles

Monterey Bay*




San Diego*

San Francisco

San Jose*

San Marcos



Garcia with Sally O'Connor,Joan Straumanis and Alison Beason of NSF

From Left, Mildred Garcia, president CSUDH; Sally O'Connor, NSF's Division of Biological Infrastructure; Joan Straumanis, NSF's Director, Science of Learning Centers; Alison Beason, NSF's Science Assistant at SACNAS National Conference.

CSU Undergraduates on Research Stage Amid Science Experts

CSU students showed research in biotechnology, environmental engineering, mathematics, chemistry, and psychology among others disciplines.

Read press releases issues by several CSU campuses about students research presentations at SACNAS:

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