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

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

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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A True Game Changer | Conference in Washington, DC | Feb 22-24, 2016

There will be a NSF LSAMP national conference entitled A Game Changer- The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Program, in the Washington, DC, area this upcoming February, Feb 22-24, 2016. 

There are plans for a research poster session, second year BTD 9 and 10 Fellows are expected to prepare and present posters on their research. First year BTD 11 Fellows will be encouraged to prepare and present posters as appropriate to their research situation, i.e., if they have already conducted substantial research and/or have a solid research proposal, they may present.

 Click here for agenda for the symposium.

Applications Open Now for the Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program (E3S REU)!

The Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science (E3S) is accepting applications for summer internship positions at UC Berkeley, MIT, Stanford, Florida International University, and University of Texas at El Paso.

2016 E3S Summer Research Internship
Date: June 5-August 6, 2016
Locations: UC Berkeley, MIT, Stanford, Florida International University, and University of Texas at El Paso
Application Deadline: January 29, 2016

What is the E3S Summer Research Program? A 9-week program that introduces energy efficient electronics science to undergraduates who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in science and engineering. Summer interns have the opportunity to join E3S researchers working in a collaborative and innovative environment to make fundamental breakthroughs in the underlying physics, chemistry, and material science of electronics systems. Learn more at:

Internship Overview

  • Real-world experience: Work on challenging projects developing materials and devices for ultra-low energy electronics
  • Summer salary: $4,000 stipend
  • Live and work in Boston, El Paso, Miami, or the San Francisco Bay Area: Travel to/from institution, and summer housing provided
  • Mentorship: Work one-on-one with research mentor and program staff
  • Professional development: Graduate school preparation seminars, GRE prep course, guest speakers, and lab tours


  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Rising sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors
  • Engineering and physical science majors
  • Minimum GPA: 3.25

E3S Commitment to Diversity: E3S is committed to broadening participation in science and engineering. We strongly encourage students from historically under-represented groups in science and engineering to apply to our internship program, including students who are socioeconomically disadvantaged, first-generation college students, or have limited access to undergraduate research in their undergraduate constitutions.  Our program is designed to promote future student success by providing support through mentoring, leadership training and various networking activities.


For additional information, join us for our upcoming online webinar to learn more about the application process. We will have online info sessions on December 2, January 19, and January 25.  Use this time to hear more about E3S REU and ask any questions you may have about the application.  RSVP online at:


Questions: Contact Lea Marlor at or 510-664-4882


For more information refer 2016 E3S Flyer