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March 1, 2010     Volume 2

Scientific societies to promote advancement of Hispanics, Native Americans in chemistry
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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 development,
Career management,
Leadership training,
Educational resources
The accomplishments of  Chicano/Hispanic and Native American chemists

About 16% of the U.S. population are Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans. Less than 3%, however, are  chemical professionals working in this country.

The 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 federal levels.
"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 endeavor,"  said 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 students interested in chemical sciences careers. Among them are
  • ACS Project SEED
    Students in grades 11 - 12 work beside scientist-mentors on laboratory research projects.  The mentors will guide students and help them gain confidence, a solid sense of direction, and to realize their own potential.

  • The ACS Scholars Program
    Awards scholarships for those who want to enter chemistry or chemistry-related fields. Awards are based on academic standing, financial need, career objectives, leadership skills, and involvement in school activities and community service.

For more information on these and other ACS scholarship opportunities, go to

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