Mathematics at the 2013 SACNAS National Conference
The 2013 National Conference of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) was held in San Antonio, TX, October 36. The organization celebrated its 40^{th} anniversary. The conference theme was Strengthening the Nation through Diversity, Innovation & Leadership in STEM. The conference featured keynote speakers, sessions and symposia, awards, undergraduate poster presentations, graduate oral presentations, mentoring, field trips, and social eventsand mathematics continues to be a significant component of the program.
Student Presentations in Mathematics
The Undergraduate Student Poster presentations, held in the exhibit hall, were a highlight of the conference. Below is a slideshow of presenters in the mathematical sciences.
The following undergraduate students received awards for mathematics posters:
 Wendy Caldwell, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, for Substance Abuse via Legally Prescribed Drugs: the Case of Vicodin in the USA
 Ryan Contreras, Columbia University, for The Algebra of Block Permutations
 Alyssa Loving, University of Hawaii at Hilo, for Calculation of the Mapping Class Group of a Genus 2 Surface
 Ana PerezGea, Instituto Tecnologio Autonomo de Mexico, for Fast Generation and Tracking of GPS Dilution of Precision Regions Using Level Sets
 Sofia Velazquez, Harvard University, for Testing for Tail Behavior wtih Refined Spacing
SACNAS has posted the abstracts of all the presenters. Again many of the mathematicians at the conference served as mentors and poster judges at the 2013 National SACNAS Conference. Many have volunteered to serve as a judge each year, and some are featured in the SACNAS Biography Project. The AMS gave each student poster presenter a bag with What's Happening in the Mathematical Sciences, by Dana Mackenzie, and some small gifts in appreciation of their work.
There were Graduate Student Presentations in Mathematics as well. the prizenners in mathematics were Alicia Machuca, University of Texas at Arlington, for An Exact Solution Formula for the KadomtsevPetviashvili Equation, and Vianey Leos Barajas, Iowa State University, for Developing An Estimator For Fishery Withdrawals By The ForHire Recreational Sector In The Gulf of Mexico.
Keynote Talk by Mathematician Robert Megginson
Robert Megginson, professor of mathematics at University of Michigan and a longtime advocate for the underrepresented in the mathematical sciences, gave a Keynote talk on the science of climate change, and how important it is for scientistsand those who are impacted by the changesto speak up, document and advocate for more research and solutions.
Conversations with Scientists  Mathematical Sciences Section
This annual session drew at least 150 students and mentors. this annual session provides a great opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to share experiences with each other and with mentors, as well as discuss mathematics, courses, graduate programs and careers in the mathematical sciences. There was a mentor at each table to answer questions and guide the discussions.
AMS at SACNAS
The AMS was among the institutes, colleges, universities, associations, hospitals, companies and government agencies that provided information about educational programs and career opportunities in the sciences. The AMS exhibit drew undergraduate and graduate students, mathematicians, and mentors. AMS Public Awareness Officers Mike Breen and Annette Emerson answered questions about the Society's programs and services including Find Graduate Programs in the Mathematical Sciences. This online resourcenew since last year's SACNAS conferenceallows users to search and sort grad programs in the U.S. and Canada by specialties, requirements, masters or PhD, size and location.
The AMS provided visitors with materials including:
 "Mathematics Research, It's Knot What You Think," "Mathematical Moments & Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013," "Women Doing Mathematics" and other posters
 Mathematical Moments in English and Spanish
 Headlines & Deadlines for Students email news service
 Resources for high school, undergraduate and graduate math students
The Society also displayed resources from the American Statistical Association on careers, awards and scholarships, membership, meetings and publications.
Who Wants to Be a Mathematician
Nearly 80 undergraduates took the qualifying test for the AMS Who Wants to Be a Mathematician game. Approximately 1000 attended the breakfast and saw six undergraduates compete for prizes:

Jeremy Meza won US$2500 in cash from the AMS and a TINspire CX calculator from Texas Instruments.
More Mathematics Sessions and Events
 Modern Mathematics Workshops
 Effective Time Mangement in Graduate School  Professional Development Session. Panelist: Ivelisse Rubio, Math Alliance Mentor
 Implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: Supporting or Stalling Advancement of Latin@ and Native American Students in STEM? Chair: Julia Aguirre, University of Washington Tacoma
 The Mathematical Geosciences: Using Mathematical Models to Explore the Earth. Chairs: Chris Andronicos, Purdue, and Benjamin Gutierrez, US Geological Survey
 Mathematics + Mathematics Education Research = A Partnership for a Better Education. Chair: Cynthia Anhalt, University of Arizona
 Current Contributions by Women Mathematicians. Chairs: Pamela Harris, US Military Academy, and Shannon Talbott, College of Mount St Joseph
 Mathematical Modeling in Context. Chair: Ricardo Cortez, Tulane
 It's All Math! Using Mathematics to Solve World Problems. Chairs: Monica Jackson, American University, and Michael Young, Iowa State University
 Learning to do Math Inside and Outside of School: Fostering Productive Mathematical Practices and Identity Development for Latin@ Youth and Native American Youth. Chair: Julia Aguirre, University of Washington Tacoma
 Mathematics Applied to Ecology and Evolution. Chair: Ricardo Cortez, Tulane
 Mathematics of Climate and Sustainability: Stimulating Interplay between Research and Education. Chairs: Mary Silber, Northwestern, Mary Lou Zeeman, Bowdoin College
 Where is the Fruit? Successful Collaborations Between Mathematicians and Biologists. Chairs: Fabio Milner, Arizona State University, Karen RiosSoto, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
NSF Mathematics Institutes supported many of the mathematics sessions and events.
Maria Cristina Villalobos, Professor, Department of Mathematics & Founding Director, Center of Excellence in STEM Education, University of TerxasPan American, received the 2013 Distinguished Undergraduate Institution Mentor Award. The AMS congratulates all the SACNAS student participants and appreciates all the mathematicians who organized the mathematics sessions, gave talks, served as mentors, and judged posters at the conference.
Next year's SACNAS conference is in Los Angeles, CA, October 1519.
Read Highlights of the 2012 SACNAS National Conference, and watch for announcements about the 2014 SACNAS National Conference in Los Angeles, CA.
 Annette Emerson, AMS Public Awareness Officer