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Psychology Student Receives 2015 SACNAS Student Presentation Award

November 30, 2015

Saifa Pirani, UTSA psychology major, recently presented "Reasons Young Adults Give for Not Killing Themselves: Development and Properties of the Reasons for Living Inventory in Young Adults-II (RFL-YA-II)" at the 2015 SACNAS National Conference in Washington, D.C.

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 over 3600 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 800 posters and oral presentations were delivered at the conference.

The judges recognized Saifa's work as a standout among the student presentations and selected her to receive one of the 2015 SACNAS Student Presentation Awards. Saifa is president of the Psychology Club and is a member of the Department of Psychology Chair's Student Advisory Council. Congratulations to both Saifa and her research mentor, Dr. Augustine Osman.

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