American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2018 Annual Meeting in Austin, TX


Dear Faculty, Post-docs, and Graduate Students,


Will you be attending the 2018 meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) which will take place in Austin on February 15-18?  If you will or might attend, please read on:

You are cordially invited to attend a pre-meeting on February 9, 2018, at 4:30 VIDI 102 to talk about how to make the most of your time at the AAAS conference.  Refreshments will be provided.

AAAS is a great meeting for those interested in multidisciplinary science, science advocacy, science policy, and popular communication of science.  It is also an opportunity to become an active member and perhaps eventually a Fellow, which is a prestigious honorific.  This is an excellent opportunity for us at TAMU.  It’s practical, low cost, an easy drive from College Station, and a good professional development opportunity.

Graduate students and post-docs are particularly encouraged to attend this pre-meeting.  Any faculty who can come as mentors would be very much appreciated.

At the pre-meeting, a panel will discuss:

  • Why the AAAS is interesting and can be important for your career;
  • How to join one of the 24 specialty sections and eventually qualify to become a fellow.

Discounted early-bird registration rates for the AAAS conference are available through January 24, 2018.  Non-members can also take advantage of a discounted rate to become AAAS members and to register for the meeting.  Visit  Please RSVP to to confirm your attendance and help us plan for the February event here on campus.


Yours truly,

Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni

Professor and Assistant Provost

Office of External Faculty Recognition

Texas A&M University

LSAMP iREU nominations – France/Belgium | Louisiana State University | Spring 2018

This REU is very much about student learning gains by enhancing publication-quality international research success and by also involving US Mentors….important features:

  • A route for students to get equivalence of a European Master’s degree with a six month research stay
  • $5,000 Collaborative Research Initiation Awards for selected US mentors each year
  • AAAS Individual Development Plan


Mentor Nominations: This program operates exclusively by mentor nominations – these are simple half page emails– no more, see template at bottom of this long email for more. There is no student application form in the traditional sense. LSAMP students can and should help inform their faculty mentor. Faculty mentors who know well the research skills of their LSAMP student nominate speaking in compelling terms of their nominee’s specific capabilities to succeed in any of the following chemistry-centric research groups.


The $5000 faculty award and identifying the best group in Europe:  LSAMP faculty mentors  with students in chemistry and chemistry-related, areas but not biology select from the “world-class” research groups below. Mentor nominations should also speak to how the research abroad connects to ongoing activities in their groups and in this way most REU participants return with added skills that enhance their multi-semester undergraduate research track and also their home mentor’s ongoing research.  We send students for 12 week minimum and particularly encourage students to extend their stay to six months and to this point about 25% of students extended. In turn, the most compelling faculty nominators will receive $5000 Collaborative Research Initiation Awards to strengthen the international connection, at least two this year.


Multiple semester previous research experience required: Our iREU seeks participants able to obtain publication-quality results from the beginning of their research abroad – some will have already published, most will have presented research at an off-campus scientific meeting. Thus a requirement is multiple semesters of research experience on their own campus, and most have excelled at one or more research experiences at another off-campus research program.  The program is well suited to seniors who intend to continue with graduate school and have the ability to extend their time abroad. For example, last year two of our participants won the NSF GRFP (so far) and one is applying to the NSF GROW award right now.


As a student, if you’ve gotten this far and can say “I am an LSAMP student with an outstanding research track record. I have the required research skills.   I am absolutely not a “premed”. I am a US citizen. This aligns with the research activity of my mentor at my school”…… it’s a great sign. ……… Help your mentor by carefully checking out mentor options look up and print out the best publications and be ready to convince your mentor “we talked about that publication in group meeting” or “look what I could bring back to the group after 3-6 months in this international lab.”


For more information about this opportunity, kindly read the below email in PDF.

LSAMP iREU Information Email 

TAMUS LSAMP student won 1st place in Undergraduate Poster Presentation


Congratulations to Jamie Gutierrez who won 1st place in the Undergraduate Poster Presentation during the 20th Student Research Week. The 20th annual Student Research Week (SRW), the largest single-university student-run research symposium in the US, was held on the week of March 27-31, 2017 in the Memorial Student Center (MSC) at Texas A&M University.

For more information, kindly visit

Purdue’s Big Ten + Grad Expo 2016


Purdue University

Registration for the Big Ten+ Graduate School Expo on September 25 and 26, 2016 is now open!

Students will:

  • Get an inside look at graduate school and the application process
  • Receive advice about funding opportunities
  • Network with representatives from more than 75 of the nation’s top graduate institutions, including Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Harvard, Illinois, Indiana, Notre Dame, Michigan, Purdue, Vanderbilt, and many more
  • Attend a premier graduate school fair

This two day mini-conference is especially designed for students interested in graduate education in:

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Other science-related disciplines.


The Big Ten+ Graduate School Expo awarded more than $60,000 in travel scholarships last year.  All students, including women and members of underrepresented groups, are encouraged to attend.

Visit for more information and to register.  

The deadline to apply for a travel scholarship is September 9!

TAMU LSAMP Undergrad Student’s Research Highlighted











On July 1, 2016, Texas A&M Today published an article featuring Mario Cosio, a Texas A&M University Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (TAMUS-LSAMP) and College of Science undergraduate research student. Mario is a senior chemistry major from Corpus Christi, TX. The article covers his motivation for choosing Texas A&M University, his many accomplishments and accolades, as well as his research in Dr. Hongcai Joe Zhou’s laboratory studying the use of metal-organic frameworks for potentially capturing and sequestering carbon dioxide in an effort to prevent various ecological issues.

Click here to read the full article


BTD-XII Application Live | Deadline 25 May 2016

The Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) anticipates that it will host another Bridge to the Doctorate (BTD) program beginning Fall 2016 at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. The BTD program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is designed to encourage and support graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. While establishing a bridge to assist students in obtaining doctoral degrees, the BTD program provides financial support and enrichment activities for Fellows. These activities include professional and leadership development and faculty-led mentoring. As Fellows accomplish their educational goals, the BTD community of staff and peers provides a positive support network.

TAMUS LSAMP is accepting applications for the BTD XII cohort which will comprise twelve (12) students entering Texas A&M for the Fall 2016 semester. Completed applications will be evaluated on academic record, scholarly competence, and strong motivation and commitment to complete a doctoral degree in a STEM field. Eligibility criteria for applicants and benefits of the BTD program are as follows:

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Accepted into a NSF-eligible STEM graduate program (master’s thesis option or direct PhD)
  • Entering as a first-time graduate student
  • Completed (or will soon complete) an undergraduate degree at an LSAMP institution
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Interested in research
  • Motivated and committed to pursue a PhD in a NSF-eligible STEM discipline.

Program Benefits:

  • Annual stipend of $32,000 for two years
  • $12,000 allotment for educational expenses (tuition/fees, health insurance, supplies, educational travel, etc.) for two years
  • Opportunities to network and improve research and presentation skills.

Applications are available at the TAMUS LSAMP website The application deadline is Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Please forward your inquiries to Dr. Samuel Merriweather at or (979) 862-1070. We look forward to receiving your application for admission into the BTD fellowship program.

BTD fellows Stacy Cereceres and Taneidra Walker awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships and K. Serge Dogbevi received Honorable Mention


Stacy Cereceres


Taneidra Walker

TAMUS LSAMP BTD fellows  Stacy Cereceres and Taneidra Walker were awarded fellowships through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). GRFP fellows receive three years of support; $34,000 annual stipend; $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the institution; and international research and professional development opportunities. Fellows have opportunities for international research collaborations through the Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) initiative and professional career development with federal internships provided through the Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP).



K. Serge Dogbevi


Kokao Serge Dogbevi received an Honorable mention from NSF.





From the NSF GRFP website: The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity.  The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. NSF Fellows are anticipated to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering. These individuals are crucial to maintaining and advancing the nation’s technological infrastructure and national security as well as contributing to the economic well-being of society at large.

The NSF accords Honorable Mention to meritorious applicants who do not receive Fellowship awards. This is considered a significant national academic achievement and provides access to cyberinfrastructure resources through the XSEDE. 2000 students received award offers from close to 17,000 applicants.

Congratulations, Taneidra, Stacy  and Serge!


LSAMP 25th Anniversary Symposium

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority participation research Symposium 2016 was held at Maryland from 22nd to 24th February, 2014.

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Agenda for the Symposium was:

Monday, February 22:

  • 1.       TAMUS LSAMP Luncheon, Granite City Food & Brewery, National Harbor, MD [2:00 – 4:30 PM]
  • 2.       What Works! The Cyber-Mentoring Network Reception (Bring your business cards), Gaylord Hotel (GH) [6:00 PM]
  • 3.       The Organic LSAMP Program, GH  [7:00 PM]

Tuesday, February 23:

  • 1.      Opening Ceremony and What Works! Motivation, GH [8:30 – 9:40 AM]
  • 2.     LSAMP Research and Evaluation Framework, GH [9:45 – 10:45 AM]
  • 3.     Set Up Posters, GH [10:00 AM – 12:00 PM]
  • 4.     What Works! Collective Impact, GH [10:50 – 11:50 AM]
  • 5.     Networking Luncheon, GH [12:00 – 1:00 PM]
  • 6.     Poster Session, GH [1:45 – 4:00 PM]
  • 7.     The Game Changer Banquet, GH [7:00 – 9:30 PM]

Wednesday, February 24:

  • 1.     Reflections of LSAMP Students and Alumni, GH [9:00 – 10:45 AM]
  • 2.    Award Session, GH [11:00 AM – 12:00 PM]
  • 3.    Depart for Reagan (DCA) Airport, GH [12:50 PM]


Key Presenters:

  • France A. Cordovan, Director, National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Eddie Bernice Johnson, Congresswoman


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