Thank YOU For Electing


sacnas board Of Directors, Student member


Dear SACNAS Friends,

I was recently elected to serve as a student member on the SACNAS Board of Directors. Thank you very much for taking the time to submit a vote and for reaching out to your networks to do the same.  I am incredibly grateful for all your support. 

Mahalo nui loa to my fellow `Ilima SACNAS Chapter at UH members.  The aloha you share with the larger SACNAS community during national conferences has brought wide recognition of our efforts to advance minorities in STEM throughout Hawai`i.  That recognition is the reason SACNAS considered a board candidate from the Pacific and for our success in this election.

`Ilima SACNAS Chapter at UH at the 2014 SACNAS National Conference in Los Angeles, CA.

I look forward to being a voice on the board for all SACNAS students.  My term runs from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016.  Always feel free to send me your thoughts, concerns, and ideas to present to the board that may help in your career advancement or improve the SACNAS organization:


Austin Shelton 


  • President, `Ilima SACNAS Chapter at University of Hawai`i
  • Biology Ph.D. Candidate at University of Hawai`i at Mānoa
  • Studies coral reef and watershed restoration-visit research page
  • Ethnicity:  Native Pacific Islander (Chamorro)
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Austin Shelton is a Biology Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa where he serves as the President of the ‘Ilima SACNAS Chapter.   With the help of fellow chapter members, Austin elevates awareness of the SACNAS mission in Hawai‘i and the Pacific region.  The `Ilima Chapter has a membership base of over 100 students and mentors and was recently selected for an Outstanding New Chapter Award.

Austin leading an environmental educational tour in Guam as part of his dissertation research. 

Austin is a community organizer who engages groups of all ages and backgrounds in STEM in underserved communities.   As part of his dissertation research, Austin coordinates a grass-roots initiative dedicated to reviving human-impacted coral reefs and fisheries through methods that respect and preserve the native culture..