SACNAS conference award winners (from left): Bella Arroyo, Rima Rebiai, Erik Muntz and Dana Anderson

Monday, October 20, 2014

Four Northeastern Illinois University students earned awards at the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science conference on Oct. 16-18 in Los Angeles.

About 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students exhibited posters. Northeastern’s winners were:

  • Bella Arroyo, Earth Science
  • Dana Anderson (graduated in May), Biology
  • Erik Muntz, Mathematics
  • Rima Rebiai, Biochemistry

Northeastern Computer Science assistant professor Graciela Perera, Biology assistant professor Cindy Voisine and Student Center for Science Engagement coordinator Sylvia Atsalis accompanied 35 students, most of whom received travel scholarships from SACNAS. Thirty of those students presented posters.

“The fact that our students can compete nationally and receive awards at this level is an important testament to the excellent caliber of our students, their faculty and the research they conduct,” Atsalis said. “Of course, it also is a testament to the work of the Student Center for Science Engagement, which coordinates the summer research program and attendance to the conference, and generally supports all NEIU science students.”