The 119th annual meeting will be March 4-6 at Texas Tech’s Junction campus.
Registration for the meeting is $175 for professionals and $75 for students.
The meeting will include presentations by the Texas Distinguished Scientist and Outstanding Educator awardees, free socials and an awards banquet. Students, faculty and agency professionals can participate in networking and informative talks, poster sessions covering all 18 sections of the Texas Academy of Science, professional development workshops and unique field trips into the scenic Hill Country. TAS will award more than $25,000 for the best student presentations and research proposals.
Organizers hope to build on the success of the 2009 meeting at the LRFS, which featured hundreds of presentations, several workshops and nearly 600 attendees from 10 states and Mexico.
“This will likely be the largest conference ever hosted by Texas Tech University,” said Tom Arsuffi, director of the Llano River Field Station. “It is a tremendous opportunity for Tech to show off our award-winning field station and all the great research on water and watersheds, award-winning K-12 programs like our Outdoor School, our diverse partnerships, our renewable energy programs and our Discovery Point Trail.”
TAS promotes scientific research in the state, encourages research as part of student learning and enhances the professional development of its professional and student members. Founded by teachers in 1880 as the Academy of Science in Texas, the organization as it is now known emerged in 1929 with a physicist, botanist, mathematician and two biologists as founding members.
TAS began publishing its peer-reviewed journal, The Texas Journal of Science, in 1949. It conducts an annual meeting to highlight research in its 18 sections, provides about $25,000 in funding each year for students and facilitates expert testimony on policy issues related to STEM or science education. TAS has more than 800 members, more than half of whom are students.