Two leading scientific societies
are joining efforts to help Hispanic/Chicano and Native
American people in the chemical sciences.
The American Chemical Society (ACS) and the
Society for Advancement of Chicanos and
Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
provides information about:
Opportunities for professional
The accomplishments of
Chicano/Hispanic and Native
of the U.S. population are Chicanos/Hispanics and
Native Americans. Less than 3%, however, are chemical professionals
working in this country.
societies believe that more Native chemists
could help jumpstart American innovation and
increase U.S. competitiveness. The two
societies will encourage, support and
promote current and future Native chemical
scientists on the regional, national and
"One of the most important initiatives of
SACNAS is to develop collaborative
partnerships with other organizations and
scientific societies working toward a common
goal to increase the diversity of scientists
in our country," said SACNAS President J.D.
Garcia, Ph.D. "Our partnership with ACS is
groundbreaking. When the largest scientific
society in the world wants to join the
SACNAS movement, we know we are headed in
the right direction."
"It is increasingly
evident that science has become a global
ACS President Joseph S. Francisco.
"It is therefore
imperative that we [collaborate to] maximize the limited resources at our
disposal. I am certain
that SACNAS is as eager as ACS to proceed
with the implementation
of this agreement."
ACS has long supported underrepresented or disadvantaged
chemical sciences careers. Among them
Students in grades 11 - 12 work
beside scientist-mentors on
projects. The mentors will
guide students and help them
gain confidence, a solid sense
of direction, and to realize their own
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