6 Dec 2017

NWIC Student, Mariah Holiday, is awarded the top undergraduate student presenter at the SACNAS National Conference


Congratulations Mariah Holiday!  Well done on taking the top presentation award during the SACNAS National Conference! 🙂

Letter from SACNAS Student Presentation Committee:

“Dear Dr. Emma Norman (Chair of the BS-NES Program),

We are writing to share with you the superb research presentation Mariah Holiday recently delivered at 2017 SACNAS: The National Diversity in STEM Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. At the conference, our judges recognized Mariah Holiday’s work, titled “What Type of Sediment Does a Loxiwey (clam garden) Accumulate over Time?,” as a standout among the student presentations, and selected Mariah Holiday to receive one of the 2017 SACNAS Student Presentation Awards.


Left to Right: Alexandra Trejo (WWU), Dr. Marco Hatch (WWU), BSNES Student, Mariah Holiday (NWIC)

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, the National Conference gathered about 4000 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 exhibit hall in which students interacted with over 300 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, over 1000 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 our honor to share that Mariah Holiday’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. We feel that your program is enhanced by the participation of Mariah Holiday, as such commitment will drive fellow researchers to similar heights.

Congratulations on hosting such a talent.


SACNAS Student Presentations Committee”