The Collegiate Academy of the Texas Academy of Science (TAS) represents the undergraduate constituency of the Texas Academy of Science. The Collegiate Academy works to promote research and scientific engagement at the undergraduate level. To this end, Collegiate Chapters may be established at Texas institutions and monetary awards are presented to assist in travel and reward undergraduates presenting in both oral and poster media at the annual meetings.
The ETBU chapter was established in April 2011 with five student members of TAS. Students at ETBU are encouraged to become members of TAS. Membership in TAS makes them members of the ETBU chapter. Several students have attended the meetings the past four years (St Edwards University, 2011; Sul Ross University, 2012; Schreiner University, 2013; and Texas A&M - Galveston, 2014). Cullen Pressley presented his Honor’s Research entitled “A Comparison of the Woody Vegetation in Adjacent Riparian and Upland Areas Inhabited by Beaver (Castor canadensis)” at Sul Ross University. Michelle Ray competed for one of the undergraduate research awards at the 2013 meeting and presented her Honors’ Project research titled "Vehicle-Induced Mortality in Raccoons Procyon lotor" at the 2014 meeting at Texas A&M – Galveston. At the meetings, students have several opportunities that they would not get in the classroom at ETBU. The following from Miguel Vela emphasizes the importance of attending the annual meetings.
|Students attending the 2014 Texas Academy of Science annual meeting at Texas A&M - Galveston.|
“For the past two years I have had the opportunity to attend the annual meetings for the Texas Academy of Science. At theses annual meetings, students of different levels of academia have the opportunity to present research conducted in their respective fields of science. By attending this meeting, I have been able to meet a variety of different students from all over the state of Texas. As a student I believe that by attending these meetings I have not only been exposed to many different scientific topics, but more importantly these meetings have really served as a constant reminder to pursue what interests me in science. I have definitely enjoyed myself while attending these meetings and know they can be of great benefit to others who may attend.”
Michelle Ray presenting her research at the 2014 TAS meeting at Texas A&M - Galveston.
In 2015, Dr. Troy Ladine will be taking a group of ETBU students to the Texas Academy of Science Annual Meeting at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX. Adam Hawbaker and Brittney Garner will be presenting their research at this meeting. Please contact Dr. Ladine if you are interested in attending.
Dr. Troy Ladine