CSU Monterey Bay students took two first-place awards and a second at the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science conference in San Antonio.

SACNAS is a 40-year-old nonprofit organization that fosters Latino and Native American scientists from college students to professionals.

CSUMB was represented by 13 students at SACNAS conference

The annual conference, held in early October, is the society’s showcase. About 5,000 people, including 3,000 students, attended this year’s event. Also in attendance were hundreds of university representatives there to recruit students for their graduate programs.

CSUMB sent eight undergraduates and five graduate students.

Timothy Fuller, a senior marine science major, took the top prize in the general ecology category. His work involves studying thermal adaptation in the European green crab.

Sean Windell and Mary McCormick, graduate students in the Applied Marine and Watershed Science program, were awarded first- and second-place honors, respectively, for their oral presentations in marine science. Windell’s work examined the value of habitat diversity in marine reserves; McCormick studied intertidal foraging habits of fished and protected spiny lobsters.

All 13 students took advantage of professional development opportunities at the conference and attended scientific sessions.

“The conference attendees I spoke with were highly complimentary of our students in how they presented their research, the quality of their work and their overall professionalism,” said Dr. Corey Garza, assistant professor in the Division of Science and Environmental Policy and CSUMB’s SACNAS chapter adviser.

CSUMB has had a chapter since 2010. Currently, 15 students participate in the chapter’s activities.

Photo: CSUMB's 13-member contingent at SACNAS conference in San Antonio