MESSAGE FROM THE PAST PRESIDENT
I would first like to thank everyone who came the 118th Annual meeting of the Texas Academy of Science. This was a great meeting, with some exciting and interesting events and changes. To start with, we had approximately 400 registered participants at the meeting, and about another 30 registered guests. This is definitely a healthy showing of the academy. As in the past, the majority of our attendees and presenters were students, both graduate and undergraduate. Our students put forth a great effort, presenting original research in fields ranging from Cell and Molecular Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Freshwater Ecology, Mathematics, Conservation Biology, Systematics and Evolutionary Biology, and many more. In a new method of handling the undergraduate awards, we recognized the top winner in each of the 17 sections in the categories of oral presentation and poster presentation. From that pool of winners, we selected the top three awardees based on their Z-score transformed final scores. This meant that instead of giving 6 poster awards and 6 oral awards to undergrads, we had a possible 34 total awards that could have been issued. I think the students liked the new award system, as there were a lot of happy and excited faces up at the podium during the awards banquet this year.
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