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The Sunrise

In our case, the Early Bird gets more opportunities for training and networking! Kick off your conference experience with a full day of bonus programming on Wednesday, October 30. All attendees are invited and encouraged to take advantage of various workshops to equip, empower, and energize you before the conference even begins! Most workshops require advance sign-ups. See below for detailed information.

Community College Day

Wednesday, October 30, 12:15 PM to 6 PM
Location: 310 Theater, Hawai’i Convention Center

Networking, workshops & resource fair for Community College Students interested in STEM — Space is LIMITED.

Community College Day is a free half day event featuring inspirational talks, various workshops, networking opportunities, and a resource fair specifically for community college students who are interested in and/or just beginning their journey in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). In addition to gaining valuable skills through workshops, participants will have access to a Resource Fair where various STEM institutions will provide information about research internships, scholarships, transferring to a 4-year institution, financial resources, and more!

Community college day participants are eligible for a discounted 2019 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference registration rate of $300 plus processing fees. Students will receive discount and instructions after they sign up for Community College Day.

The signup period has been extended for this event at 2019 SACNAS.

Galaxy Project: Genomic Data Science Workshop

Wednesday, October 30, 9 AM to 6 PM

Hands-on exposure and practical tools for genomic data analysis! For all attendees interested in data science and/or genomics — SPACE IS LIMITED

The Galaxy Project Genomic Data Science workshop introduces participants to best practices, tools, and platforms for doing data-intensive research. Participants will be introduced to the field of genomics data science, learn about current large-scale genome sequencing projects, and perform hands-on data analysis. No prior computational experience is required. Bring your laptop and your curiosity!

Register for the opportunity to apply for funding support through the Galaxy Project

Modern Math Workshop

Wednesday, October 30 at 12 PM to Thursday, October 31 at 12 PM

Career advice and networking for budding mathematicians! For undergraduate, graduate students, and recent PhDs interested in mathematical sciences. As part of the Mathematical Sciences Collaborative Diversity Initiatives, the Modern Math workshop is designed to encourage undergraduates from underrepresented minority groups to pursue careers in the mathematical sciences, and to build research and networking opportunities among undergraduates, graduate students and recent PhDs. The workshop includes two mini-courses aimed at undergraduates, research sessions aimed at graduate students and recent PhDs, a panel addressing professional issues of interest to both, a reception open to all participants, and a Q&A with NSF Math Institute representatives.

National Geographic SCIENCE FAIR Reception and Film Screening

Wednesday, October 30
6:00 pm: Refreshments
7:00 pm: SCIENCE FAIR Film Screening
Location: Emalani Theater (Room 320)

Hailed by critics as “supremely entertaining,” “infectious and exuberant” and “the funniest movie of the year,” and winner of the audience award at Sundance and SXSW, National Geographic Documentary Films’ SCIENCE FAIR follows nine high school students from around the globe as they navigate rivalries, setbacks and, of course, hormones, on their journey to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair. As 1,700 of the smartest, quirkiest teens from 78 different countries face off, only one will be named Best in Fair. The film, from Muck Media and directed by the duPont Award-winning and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaking team of Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster, offers a front row seat to the victories, defeats and motivations of an incredible group of young men and women who are on a path to change their lives, and the world, through science.

Student Presentation Coaching Session

Wednesday, October 30, 8:10 PM to 9:10 PM

Provide presentation tips and feedback to student presenters. For all attendees (professionals and senior students welcome!)

The Student Presentation Coaching Session is specifically designed to assist novice presenters develop effective presentation skills. Professionals and senior students in all disciplines are invited to serve as a “coach” by providing positive/constructive feedback and tips to presenters during this 60-minute session.

National Geographic Grant Writing Workshop

Wednesday, October 30, 9 AM to 5 PM

Grant writing and feedback from experts at the National Geographic Society! For graduate students, postdocs and early career professionals.

This workshop provides eligible participants the opportunity to submit a practice Early Career Grant (ECG) proposal for a project in one of the National Geographic Society’s areas of focus, and receive real-time feedback from NGS staff. In addition to receiving feedback which can be used for an ECG application in the future, participants will also learn valuable grant writing skills that can be used for similar funding opportunities. Selected participants will be invited to submit a full practice proposal ahead of time. A preview of the ECG proposal template can be found here. Workshop materials, lunch and refreshments will be provided. Questions? Contact Arslan Ahmad at

SACNAS Postdoc Leadership Institute (PLI)

Wednesday, October 30 to Saturday, November 2

PLI is a two-part workshop (Wednesday and Saturday, with complementary curriculum throughout the 2019 SACNAS conference) for postdocs looking to develop their leadership skills and ability to bring their whole selves – including their culture – to work as an asset. Participants will access a customized curriculum, mentoring opportunities, and practical training focused on team leadership, discernment, identity, and community building. Participants will end the conference having gained essential skills they can take back to their workplace and cultivated a strong network of fellow diverse STEM leaders for year-round support.

For Questions or Comments

Email or call (877) 722-6271, ext. 300