• Motivational keynote speakers
  • Robust offering of STEM Symposia and Professional Development sessions
  • Student research presentations
  • Graduate School and Career Expo Hall
  • Cultural celebrations, art, and music
  • Lunch each day of the conference for general attendees and full conference exhibitors
  • A complimentary Hop Fastpass Trimet card to be used on all Portland public transportation during October 26th-29th

Starting on Wednesday, October 25th, you can bring the email with your badge QR code either on your phone or printed to the Oregon Convention Center to the registration check-in kiosks. 

Reminder: There is a $50 badge reprint fee if the badge is lost. Please take care to not lose your badge, as it will give you access to the conference.

We will miss you at NDiSTEM! All sales are final, cancelations and exchanges or transfers are not permitted. SACNAS will not provide refunds if you are unable to attend.

No guest passes will be issued at the NDiSTEM Conference. Any person entering the convention center session rooms or exhibit hall will need a paid registration with a verified badge, no exceptions will be made.

Yes, a limited number of discounted rooms have been held by SACNAS at our conference partner hotels. The direct booking links will be included in the registration confirmation email.

If the rooms at the discounted rate are sold out, we recommend making reservations at the hotel through their public site which you can access below by clicking the name of the hotel, or at any other hotel around the Convention Center or any other housing option that fits your schedule and budget. 

The discounted room rates are only for attendees of NDiSTEM 2023 and SACNAS will be checking the reservations against our registration list to ensure only registered attendees are reserving the rooms. The booking links are not transferable and should not be shared. 

There will be a free shuttle available Wednesday - Saturday to take attendees to and from the Oregon Convention Center from the Marriot Waterfront and the Hilton Duniway.

You can find the shuttle schedule here.

Business casual attire. This includes traditional dress, regalia, jewelry, and other items to share your culture with our community! Please also bring nice, comfortable shoes to walk throughout the convention center. (Pajamas, shorts, or sandals are not appropriate for the conference.)

Conference-provided meals will be as follows for all attendees and Exhibitors with Full Conference access. All other meals are on your own and concessions will be open at the Convention Center. 

  • Thursday Lunch (boxed) 
  • Friday Lunch (boxed) 
  • Saturday Lunch (boxed) 
*Note: Meals are not included for Exhibitors with Expo Hall only access.

Diversity and inclusion are more than just words to SACNAS. They are integral parts of our history, culture, and identity. They are the principles that founded our organization and guide our strategic path forward. We continually seek to build and maintain a culture that reflects the rich diversity of our country. We look for and celebrate diverse voices, experiences, backgrounds, and talents. We believe that an inclusive organization is one where all people feel empowered to be their full, authentic selves. Simply put, everyone is welcome at SACNAS.

Welcome to the SACNAS community! If you become a member within one week of registering for the conference, we will refund you the $100 member discount. Fill out this form and we will help you out!


Yes, it is possible that more than 1 Officer/Member from each chapter will be accepted. However, priority will be given to ensure that we have AT LEAST 1 representative from each chapter attend COLOR.

Absolutely! Do not feel discouraged to apply if you are not an officer, as long as you are an active member* of your chapter and ready to report back from what you learned at COLOR to your chapter! *Active member means you should appear on your chapter’s member roster. Contact chapters@sacnas.org for more information.

Yes, you may participate in COLOR but will need to secure alternative funding. Due to our grant policies, we cannot fund non-US Citizens/Residents for travel and lodging. Please refer to our Funding Page for help!

Accepted COLOR participants will have their airfare, lodging (hotel), and registration for NDiSTEM covered thanks to funding support from NIH grant #R25GM130515

COLOR is a full-day event occurring on Wednesday, October 15 at the Portland Convention Center. Please plan on participating in COLOR from 8am to 5pm PT (subject to change). There will be breaks throughout the day, and a served lunch. Breakfast and dinner are on your own.
Participants should expect to travel to Portland on Tuesday, October 24, and leave Portland on Sunday, October 29, 2023.

To facilitate an uninterrupted community-building experience, COLOR is technology-free for participants— you may bring your devices but please do not use them during the event and do keep them silenced and in your bag during the program.

We recommend bringing a notepad to take notes, but we will be providing folders and pens.

Bring your whole and best self! In other words, we suggest “business casual” (e.g. no graphic t shirts, no jeans, & no sweats), and we welcome traditional regalia or other culturally important items or apparel that represent who you are.


Exhibit Hall Schedule

Exhibit Move In: 
Wednesday October 25, 2023 - 12:00PM to 5:00PM
Thursday October 26, 2023 - 7:00AM to 9:00AM

Exhibit Move Out:
Friday October 27, 2023 - 5:00PM-8:00PM

Exhibit Hall Hours:
Thursday October 26, 2023 - 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday October 27, 2023 - 9:00AM - 5:00PM

We are here to help! We are available Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm PST. 

You can Call Us at: 831-512-1173 

or Email Us at:

Exhibits: exhibits@sacnas.org 

Sponsorships: partnerships@sacnas.org 

NDiSTEM Registration: reg@sacnas.org 

General Info: info@sacnas.org 


Great question! You can register a group here.
There is no discount for registering a large group.

Exclusive registration links via our membership portal, discounted registration pricing, webinars and member events throughout the year. You can find it all here

Click here for instructions on how to check your membership status.
Your membership type should say Student, Postdoc/New Professional, Professional 1, Professional 2, Professional 3, or Lifetime to be eligible for member pricing. “Free SACNISTA” members are not eligible.

Email members@sacnas.org.

Yes! Click here to learn more about supporting dues for others. Thank you for your generosity! 

Research Presentation and Travel Scholarship

No, acceptance of the Research Presentation does not include funding for your conference registration. You will be responsible for covering the cost of registration.  

Detailed instructions will be emailed to you. For any questions, please email travelscholarships@sacnas.org.

No. If you would like to apply for a SACNAS Travel Scholarship, you must submit a separate application for a SACNAS travel scholarship. The Spring and summer application window for the Travel Scholarship has closed. 

Yes, the applications are closed for this year's conferece.

Yes, but we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity! If you would still like to cancel your presentation, contact us immediately at presentations@sacnas.org.  

We encourage you to check out our webpage Funding Your Way to a Conference where you will find resources and ideas, including a downloadable proposal letter template. We also suggest you apply for a Google Conference Scholarship to attend our conference!

Travel Scholars only, please do not book a hotel room for yourself. SACNAS coordinates all hotel and flight bookings and cannot reimburse you for hotel stays booked on your own. 

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