State scientists gather for prestigious meeting at Texas A&M University at Galveston    

TAS LogoAs a coastal center for ocean related science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Texas A&M University at Galveston is gearing up to host the annual Texas Academy of Science meeting March 7 - 9.

Since the 1800s, the Texas Academy of Science promotes scientific research in the state, encourage research as part of student learning, and enhance professional development of its professional and student members.

Today, the academy promotes research through sixteen disciplinary sections at the annual meeting held each spring. The meetings are held at different universities around the state each year.  The academy provides expert testimony on policy issues related to science, technology, engineering and math or science education. Its current membership approaches 600 individuals, with students composing a little over half that number. 

Each year, professors, undergraduate and graduate students from 20 public and private Texas universities as well scientists from Texas environmental and agricultural agencies. The conference will include presentations from all the scientific specialties. Awards are given to students (total amount $16,000) for best presentations.

Dr. Tom Linton, Texas A&M Galveston marine resources researcher and the Texas Academy of Science conference coordinator said “this forum gives students an opportunity to put scientific data in a presentable form to present it to colleagues and professors.”

Linton commented that STEM events like those hosted at Texas A&M Galveston offer opportunities of a lifetime. “Attending meetings like this is the way I got my offer to go to graduate school for both my master’s in Zoology and doctorate in Resource Management,” he said.

Registration will be held at noon at the Sea Aggie Center (Building 3026). Designated parking will be available at the Sea Aggie Center parking lot located off Texas Clipper Road.

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