The Texas Academy of Science announces the 2018 competition. Awards will be presented at the banquet during the 121st annual TAS meeting at Midland College.  The competition includes three categories: Ph.D., M.S. and B.S./B.A. students.  There are three awards in each category.  The awards and amounts are as follows:  first place - $2,000, second place - $1,500, and third place - $1,000. All students enrolled in a math, science, or science education curriculum in the State of Texas and out-of-state students in those states surrounding Texas, including Mexico, conducting research projects in Texas are also eligible for the awards. 

A completed proposal should include the following coversheet (downloadable in PDF format or Word format).  In addition, we have provided some guidelines that may aid your grant writing.  Here is the letter that is sent to each potential reviewer about how to judge the proposals. In addition, we also have the evaluation sheet that is used by reviewers when reviewing the proposal (click to to view it).  When writing, consider the criteria that the judges will be looking at as they review the research proposals.


 To be considered for an award, the student must:

  • Be a member of the Texas Academy of Science prior to submitting the proposal:   If NOT an Academy member, join on line via the Academy's web page (www.texasacademyofscience.org) well in advance of submitting the proposal. If the dues are being paid by the student’s institution, start the process early. If you are submitting a proposal prior to the end of the year, please contact the webmaster to make sure your membership is extended to 2018 (otherwise you will have to renew your membership in 2018).
  • Agree to attend the annual meeting:  The student shall be preregistered and shall have paid the registration fee before submitting the proposal.  Do NOT submit a copy of your check with proof of registration.   If preregistration and membership are not in place by 15 January, the proposal will be disqualified.  Please note, registration will not open until after the start of the new year.
  • Propose to conduct an INDEPENDENT STUDY, i.e. a research project in which the student is the principal project architect and will conduct the majority of the work.   Proposed work may be laboratory and/or field research.  Literature reviews are not eligible.
  • Include in the proposal package a letter from the student’s advisor (not a letter of recommendation) testifying that the work is truly independent. The committee will not consider a submission in which a student has been assigned a portion of an existing research project in which he/she has no opportunity to design and carry out truly independent research.
  • Submit an electronic PDF document written in the style appropriate to the discipline.  A well-written proposal is defined as one that is relatively brief (up to 10 pages of text) and could be submitted to a funding agency in the student's field.   Include a detailed budget and a Curriculum Vitae/resume.  If multiple funding sources are being sought, the portion to be funded by TAS should be clearly identified.  The entire proposal, including cover sheet and advisor’s letter, should be contained in one PDF document.  The PDF title should follow this pattern:  Harper, Don, PhD proposal, 2018.pdf.
  • Provide the date of graduation with the current degree.  Proposals will not be considered if the student will graduate before the next TAS meeting. 
  • Agree to the following if an award is won:  1) submit a mid-year report as specified in the reporting requirements below, and, 2) orally present (not a poster) the research results at the next Texas Academy of Science meeting, or submit in writing a request for a 1-year extension.  Failure to comply with presentation/report requirements will result in loss of future eligibility of the advisor’s students.  Failure to attend the banquet and personally receive the award will result in forfeiture of the award. 
  • Awardees will specify, on the cover sheet, to whom the award check should be made out:  the awardee, the faculty member, the department or the institution.  A reminder:  checks to individuals are taxable by the IRS.
  • The proposal must be received by the competition chair by 15 January 2018.

Donald E. Harper, Jr., Chair, TAS Student Research Awards Committee:   polychaete1@verizon.net

If you do not receive e-mail confirmation within a week that your proposal has been received, contact Dr. Harper by e-mail or telephone:  409-996-3090.



               In addition to presenting their research at the next annual meeting, winners are required to submit to the Academy, a brief, 1-page, progress report, is due on 15 September of the year in which the award is won.  This report will summarize the progress to date, and list the amounts spent, and to whom the funds were paid, in an Excel-type format.