Thank you all for the good work you are doing to continue the mission of TAS by encouraging excellence in science and STEM education, and promoting science throughout the state of Texas. This is an exciting time to be a member of the academy.

Last year, we had numerous significant accomplishments. A few of the highlights are as follows: First, the TAS annual meeting at the University of Incarnate Word was a huge success with over 244 abstracts that included 116 papers and 128 posters from graduate, undergraduate and high school STEM students across the state of Texas. Second, TAS successfully completed an external audit, which is a routine requirement for non-profit organizations. Finally, the academy continues to grow and is in sound financial shape.

At this year’s summer board meeting, the Board of Directors brought their ideas to the table and worked on editing and revising the constitution. Looking over our Constitution, I was reminded of the great heritage of the academy and of the judiciousness and stewardship of its members that has helped guide and shape the academy into the strong organization that it is today. As we review our constitution and make amendments as deemed necessary by the board and approved be the majority of its members, I look forward to working with each of you, hearing your comments and concerns, and receiving your valuable input toward this important endeavor.

We are continuing to move forward with getting the journal up-to-date. Last year we mailed out volume 63, and will be sending more volumes out shortly. Keep watching your mailbox and the website for more updates.  I would also like to encourage you to consider submitting articles for the year 2015 journal, which should be published by the end of the year.

Other emphases for the coming year are our strategic planning process and annual meeting. The strategic planning committee will continue deliberations and meet in January of 2016. The 119th TAS Annual meeting will be held March 4-6, 2016 at the beautiful Texas Tech University Center in Junction, Texas.  Because of the great success of our meeting last year and increased membership and interest in the academy, we plan on opening and closing abstract submittal earlier, respectively October 23, and Dec. 4th. If you are interested in participating, please contact us directly or visit our website. There are many opportunities for each of you to get involved and make a difference in science in Texas.

Danette R. Vines, President, 2015

PLEASE NOTE - if you were a student member who graduated or are no longer a student and want to remain a member, please contact us prior to renewing your membership!  If you need to change your membership type for some other reason, just send us as email and we can help you out!



2016 Call for student research proposals!  We allocate $13, 500 to provide support to ongoing research for Doctoral students, MS students and undergraduate students.   We award funds to applicants who submit the top three proposals(1st = $2000, 2nd = $1500, 3rd = $1000).  The proposal instructions include the criteria for evaluation and acceptance of the award. The proposal application can be found here.  Proposals must be submitted by January 15, 2016.