The Texas Academy of Science announces the 2017 competition. Awards will be presented at the banquet during the 120th annual TAS meeting at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton.   The competition includes three categories: Ph.D., M.S. and B.S/B/A students.  There are three awards in each category.  The Board met in October and set 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. Sample documents and forms are found at the bottom of this page.


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 (http://www.texasacademyofscience.org in advance of submitting the proposal. If the dues are being paid by the student’s institution, start the process early.  Please remember if you join in 2016, then you will NOT be joining for the 2017 meeting or calendar year.
  • Agree to attend the 2017 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 (privacy concerns).   If preregistration and membership are not in place by 15 January, the proposal will be disqualified.
  • 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, 2017.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 by 15 September discussion progress and how funding was used;  2) present the research results  at the next Texas Academy of Science meeting, or submit in writing a request for a 1-year extension; 3) allow the proposal to be posted on the TAS website and allow portions of the written report to used in TAS promotional materials.

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. 

The proposal must be received by the competition chair by 15 January 2017.  Donald E. Harper, Jr., Chair, TAS Student Research Awards Committee:   [email protected]

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.