The Collegiate Academy

The Collegiate Academy represents the undergraduate constituency of the Texas Academy of Science. The Collegiate Academy works to promote research and scientific engagement at the undergraduate level. To this end, Collegiate Chapters may be established at Texas institutions and monetary awards are presented to assist in travel and to reward undergraduates presenting in both oral and poster media at the annual meetings.

Undergraduate Awards:

At the annual meetings, we have two categories of awards presented to undergraduates:

  • First, second and third place awards for oral presentations
  • First, second and third place awards for poster presentations

All undergraduates submitting abstracts for either oral or poster presentations are automatically included in the competition. Judging occurs at the annual meeting as directed by each Section Chair (see Oral and Poster Judging Forms). Winners are determined by the average of the judges’ scores. We announce awards at the meeting banquet. The winner must be present at the banquet to accept the award.

Breakdown of the undergraduate participants at the 2015 Annual Meeting (by section and by schools)

How to establish a Collegiate Academy chapter at your institution:

Any science club or equivalent organization for undergraduate students in the college and universities of Texas is eligible for affiliation with the TAS Collegiate Academy by meeting the following requirements:

  • having a membership of ten (10) or more student members, at least five (5) of whom are Student Members of TAS;
  • having a faculty sponsor who is a member of TAS. 

To become affiliated, the organization should send a request for affiliation to the Collegiate Academy Counselor (see below) along with a copy of the bylaws or constitution of the organization and a membership roster which indicates that five or more members are Student Members of TAS. The Collegiate Academy Counselor will then verify eligibility and issue a charter to the new Chapter.

Annual renewal is required. The Annual Chapter Affiliation Renewal Form will easily allow each Chapter to submit the current year's membership roster and update contact information for the Chapter Sponsor.

Chapter Travel Reimbursements

Each eligible Chapter may submit receipts for up to $400 for reimbursement of expenses associated with attending the annual meeting (which includes mileage, gas, rental cars, food, or hotels, but NOT registration fees). The Chapter Sponsor may download and fill out the Annual Meeting Chapter Reimbursement Form and give this, with attached receipts, to the Collegiate Academy Counselor at the annual meeting.

Chapter Highlights in the Texas Scientist

Activities of the Collegiate Chapters will also be highlighted in the Texas Scientist (newsletter of the TAS). Chapter Sponsors can contact Marsha May, the TAS Corresponding Secretary (see below), with all updates. Sponsors are encouraged to send in updates on a regular basis if possible.

Inquiries regarding the Collegiate Academy should be directed to:

Cathy Early
TAS Collegiate Academy Counselor
Department of Biology
Univ. of Mary Hardin Baylor
UMHB Station Box 8432
Belton, TX 76513
Phone: 254-295-5041
cearly@umhb.edu