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2022 SACNAS NDiSTEM – Research Presentation Awardee

Dear Brad Grueter,

Jose Zepeda

I am writing to share with you the superb research presentation Jose Zepeda recently delivered at 2022 SACNAS – The National Diversity in STEM Conference. At the conference, our mentor judges recognized Jose’s work as a standout among the student presentations, and selected Jose to receive one of the 2022 SACNAS Student Presentation Awards.

SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists—from college students to professionals—to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science. This year, our national conference gathered over 5,000 students and professionals. Taking place over three days, the conference showcased both undergraduate and graduate student presentations, offered scientific symposia, keynote addresses, professional development sessions, and a grand Expo Hall in which students interacted with 464 exhibitors representing colleges and universities across the nation.

In addition to these activities, the conference was also an opportunity for students to present their research in a professional setting. This year, 980 posters and oral presentations were delivered at the conference. Each year we receive comments from attendees highly impressed by the caliber of student research. Our undergraduate and graduate students consistently present research that surpasses expectations in their respective categories.

It is my honor to share that Jose’s communication skills and command of the research topic were exemplary. This letter recognizes the hard work, dedication, and sacrifice necessary for a student to standout from their fellow presenters.

Congratulations on hosting such a talent.


Emily Pavlik (she/her/hers)
Coordinator, Student Programs