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The Bioscience PhD Programs are dedicated to enriching an already diverse student training environment. We collaborate with university entities to create a campus climate that accommodates and is inclusive to all members of the graduate community.


University of Utah SACNAS Chapter:

SACNAS group photo

Utah SACNAS Chapter Mission:

SACNAS is an all-inclusive community dedicated to supporting diversity and fostering success in under-represented STEM fields from students to professionals. Our goal is to help these members attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM. Come be a part of the vibrant SACNAS community at the University of Utah and help us cultivate a safe and secure scientific community filled with the brightest scientists. We aim to provide a holistic approach to STEM training by organizing opportunities for professional development, cultural programming, resilience training, and a pipeline of support and mentoring within a national network. Be the best U with the University of Utah SACNAS chapter.





Jeannette Sigala       Jeanette Ducut-Sigala, PhD

          Manager | Science Diversity Program
          Biosciences PhD Programs | University of Utah
          SACNAS Administrator | University of Utah Chapter
          "Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science"
          EHSEB 3650 | 26 S 2000 E | Salt Lake City, UT 84112
          (650) 862-8604





  • Participate in discussions, be vocal, safely join in a protest/demonstration
  • Inform Yourself and Vote - Especially for candidates of color whose policies you agree with, write your senator/congress member to support legislation for racial equality
  •  Step out of your Comfort Zone - Involve yourself in activities that place you in an environ­ment where you will be exposed to people from differ­ent racial and ethnic backgrounds.  Attend museums, music events, ethnic festivals, restaurants, supermarkets, shops, or any other public place where you will share space with people different from yourself
  • Seek out and take Unconscious Bias and Microaggression Training


*Resources provided by the Bhalla Lab Website at UC Santa Cruz

Strategies to Improve Equity


Resources for Culturally Competent Mentoring


Bias/Disparities in Training


Bias/Disparities in Publication and Peer Review


Bias/Disparities in Grant Peer Review and Funding


Bias/Disparities in Teaching Evaluations


Bias/Disparities in Service



* Resources provided by the University of Neighborhood Partners 

Understanding structural racism & anti-racism


Talking about racism with children and students


Learn about local anti-racist work and discussions


Race and mental/emotional health




University of Utah Science & Education Fair

  • Science competition for students grades 5-12 involving students from many local school districts.
  • Held annually in March
  • Participate as a judge or a volunteer
  • Email Brenda Mann, Fair Director

Utah STEM Fest

  • 15,000 4th-8th graders are given hands-on experiences with science and technology
  • Held annually in September
  • Volunteer, sponsor a booth: Email 

Utah STEM Ambassador Program

  • Serves K-12 students and educators throughout the state of Utah
  • Volunteer planning STEM-related events, teach hands-on lessons in the classroom and at events, work to increase student STEM engagement
  • Email David Wicai

Utah Science Olympiad

  • Once a year event that invites middle and high school students to compete in a variety of STEM disciplines.
  • Contact Amy Arkwright

Science Day at the U

  • High school students from around the intermountain west spend the day doing science-related workshops
  • Contact Lisa Batchelder

INSPIRE (Initiative to bring Science Programs to the Incarcerated in Utah)

  • Science lectures, workshops and conservation projects at correctional facilities in Utah
  • Contact Nalini Nadkarni

Science Communication Fellows

  • Offers science communication training to researchers who are interested in public engagement
  • Contact Paulmichael Maxfield

 Science Café

  • Presentations by U of U researchers on their current scientific research
  • Contact Paulmichael Maxfield

Science on Tap

Graduate Student Mentorship Initiative (GSMI) 

  • Helps underrepresented graduate school applicants by pairing them with STEM professionals in their respective STEM disciplines.
  • Contact them here




Student Resource Centers 




2020 SACNAS National Meeting:

2020 National SACNAS conference is coming to town

*Photo/Layout Credit to SACNAS

The largest multidisciplinary and multicultural STEM diversity event in the country, the SACNAS conference is a three-day gathering which serves to equip, empower, and energize participants for their academic and professional paths in STEM.



2020 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS):


*Photo/Layout Credit to ABRCMS

The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), recipient of the 2019 AIMBE Excellence in STEM Education Award, is one of the largest communities of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students attend this conference to present their research, enhance professional development skills, explore graduate schools, and network. Research faculty and program directors play an essential role in mentoring students and learning strategies for facilitating student success.


Nondiscrimination and Disability Accommodation Statement 

"The University of Utah does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, status as a disabled individual, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information or protected veteran's status, in employment, treatment, admission, access to educational programs and activities, or other University benefits or services. Additionally, the University endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations and to ensure equal access to qualified persons with disabilities. Inquiries concerning perceived discrimination or requests for disability accommodations may be referred to the University's Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 South Presidents Circle, Rm.135, Salt Lake City, UT, 84112, 801-581-8365 (voice/tdd), 801-585-5747 (fax).


Last Updated: 9/25/20