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October 2021 • Volume 107, No 4
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Recognize an Outstanding Educator

Nominate an outstanding science teacher for recognition by NM Academy of Science
Deadline October 8, 2021


Open to all grade K -12 Science teachers and informal science educators in public and private settings. NMAS recognizes those who provide exemplary opportunities for students’ STEM learning.

The Academy honors two outstanding educators each year at the annual NMAS symposium/meeting with an engraved plaque, a monetary award provided by ACS, and classroom materials. Awards will be given virtually this year at the NMAS Annual Meeting on Friday November 12, 2021.

Nominations can come from school administrators, parents or families of students, colleagues, or self. Nominations are accepted at any time on a rolling basis and will be kept on file for consideration by the award committee. 

For more program information or a nomination form please click on the link to our website.

Save the Date

meetingThe New Mexico Research Symposium is an annual conference with oral presentations, a poster competition, and a keynote address. The conference is geared to undergraduate and graduate students from New Mexico’s colleges and universities. Presentation and poster abstracts are published in the New Mexico Journal of Science.

NMRS 2021 is an all-virtual event occurring November 8-12, 2021. Registration and call for abstracts will open on September 16th, 2021.

Annual Meeting - Judges Needed 

newsJudge an undergraduate poster at the NMAS Annual Meeting with NM EPSCoR

Deadline October 14, 2021


Sign up to be a judge by registering for the Symposium as a judge on the NM EPSCoR website.

Volunteers will judge posters over a wide range of science and engineering disciplines. Judges need not be experts in all disciplines but they should have knowledge and experience in at least one science or engineering discipline. Graduate and undergraduate students are not eligible to be poster judges.

A judge's commitment is
  • Attend a 30-minute training session during the week of November 1-5 (a recorded training session will be available for those who are unable to attend the synchronous training)
  • View and evaluate the assigned, online student posters between November 9-11 (no more than 8)
  • Submit online judging forms by 10 pm on November 11

Two volunteer opportunities

State Junior Academy of Science Director 
Regional Junior Academy Director,  Albuquerque


NMAS is looking for volunteers for our signature annual science research student competition that is offered in 6 regions across New Mexico. This two-part competition includes judging manuscripts and oral presentations based on well-developed scoring criteria and format for the competition. The Junior Academy of Science is supported by a local grant from Sandia National Laboratories and NMAS funds. It is held in conjunction with regional science fair competitions.

The state director will be responsible for the over-all administration of the program and serves on the NMAS board. Another volunteer is needed to coordinate the Albuquerque/Central Region competition. 

General Responsibilities
  1. Advertise competitions, distribute contest rules, and solicit competitors
  2. Solicit judges from our established list and oversee judging criteria
  3. Provide computers and projectors for presentations
  4. Set time, place, date, of competitions in conjunction with Science Fair Competitions
  5. Distribute prize money and distribute biographies of winners for publication
  6. Account for money provided by the NMAS board and grants for student competitions
This is the perfect opportunity to give back to the science education community by working with and supporting students and their science teachers.

How to apply
Submit inquires and/or forward a short letter of interest to  the NMJAS Program Director: Mrs. Lynn Brandvold  (Lynn.Brandvold@nmt.edu)
Work Phone: 575-835-5517 : Home Phone: 575-835-1322 : Cell Phone: 505-720-3040

Join the NMAS Board of Directors for 2022

Vice President, to become President-Elect / President Newsletter Editor 
Director-at-Large, representing any NM region


This is the perfect opportunity to say We Believe in Science

The world-wide Covid -19 Pandemic set back student science studies for over a year.  NMAS needs science educators and professionals to continue its most important programs. NMAS is committed to serving the state of New Mexico and its communities by publishing science and science education materials, giving recognition for contributions to science and science education, fostering scientific cooperation, raising public awareness of the importance of science and science education, and providing advice on matters related to science and science education.

To apply, submit your name to a current board member.

President-Elect    Anton Sumali  hsumali@sandia.gov 
Vice President     Babu Chalamala bchalam@sandia.gov
Secretary             Malva Knoll  knollmalva16@gmail.com
Treasurer             Deb Thrall  drthrall@gmail.com
Director-at Large   Margaret Showalter mcshowa@comcast.net

NMAS is a member of  the National Association of Academies of Science (NAAS) and an affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). NMAS is a 501(c)3.

Spread the word about NMAS Membership

Want to be a part of your local science community? Becoming a member will help support events such as the Junior Academy's paper competition, our National Youth Science Camp selection, and the Outstanding Educator awards. Our membership is our greatest asset when advocating for science education, so please renew today.

It is easy to become a member! We have a very simple way to do it via PayPal from our website. You can use any credit or debit card (you do not need a PayPal account). This also allows us to add your email directly to our mailing list. Here is the link.

Membership categories are:
  • Regular Membership ($25/year)
  • Student Membership ($15/year or included with NMJAS entry)
  • Institutional Membership (Libraries Only; $25/year)
  • Life Membership (3/4 of Amount Goes to NMAS Endowment; $400)
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