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Research Student Recognized at SACNAS Annual Meeting

Ro Sandoval

Ro Sandoval, an undergraduate student (Class of ’21) at Saint Louis University, 2019 and 2020 WUSTL ENDURE Program alum, and research technician in the Moron-Concepcion Lab, was recently recognized by the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).

Sandoval received the Undergraduate Student Poster Presentation Award virtually during the National Diversity in STEM conference, held October 19-24, 2020. Sandoval is a neuroscience major with minors in social work and gender studies.

“Since joining our lab Ro has played a key role in a project examining the impact of manipulating the activity of the dorsal hippocampal neurons on relapse to opioid seeking behavior and overall learning and memory processes in general. At the personal level, Ro is highly enthusiastic to taking up new experiments and does not shy away from hard work. They also demonstrated a mature ability to work as a member of a team, collaborating congenially with all the members of the lab,” says Director of the Division of Basic Research in Anesthesiology, Jose Moron-Concepcion.

The Presentation Awards recognize the next generation of scientists and STEM leaders from historically excluded populations, while giving visibility to their research and home institutions. The awards also encourage students to continue pursuing the STEM fields.

SACNAS is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM. For the last 47 years, they have ensured that those most underrepresented in STEM have the support they need to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership. Learn more at sacnas.org.