Graduate Academy

The Graduate Academy represents the graduate student constituency of the Texas Academy of Science and promotes scientific interests among the colleges and universities of the State of Texas that provide opportunities for graduate research. The Graduate Academy works to support research, scientific engagement and professional development for students at the Master’s and Doctoral level. To this end, the Graduate Academy provides monetary awards to the top research proposals and oral presentations.

Graduate Research Proposal Awards:

Research awards are available for students at the Master’s and Doctoral level who submit the top three research proposals (1st = $2000, 2nd = $1500, 3rd = $1000).  Research proposals are peer reviewed and ranked and winners are announced at the banquet of the annual meeting. If you are interested in applying for this award, please follow this link and scroll to the Research Awards section for guidelines. 

Graduate Oral Presentation Awards:

Students at the Master’s and Doctoral level may choose to enter the Graduate Student Oral Presentation Competition, which occurs at the annual meeting. The top three oral presentations will receive monetary awards to recognize an excellent presentation over an exceptional research project. The competition presentations should provide results and conclusions and is not intended for research proposals outlining future projects. To participate, graduates students should denote their interest to be considered for the competition on the form used to submit their abstract to present at the annual meeting. The top ten abstracts will be reviewed by committee and selected for the competition. Selected applicants will be notified of their inclusion in the Graduate Student Oral Presentation Competition. Abstracts of those applicants that were not selected for the competition will be redirected to the appropriate section chair. Winners of the Graduate Student Oral Presentation Competition will be announced at the annual meeting’s banquet and winners must be present at the banquet to receive their award. Please follow this link and scroll to the Best Presentation Awards section to view the presentation judging criteria. 

Inquiries regarding the Graduate Academy should be directed to:

Shannon Hill, Ph.D.
TAS Graduate Academy Counselor
Department of Biology
McLennan Community College
1400 College Drive
Waco, TX 76708
Phone: 254-299-8188
shill@mclennan.edu