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HPU hosts 122nd Texas Academy of Science Annual Meeting

Howard Payne University recently hosted the annual meeting of the Texas Academy of Science. The meeting involved presentations from undergraduate and graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields and recognitions of academy members. Almost 400 students and faculty from 30 institutions in Texas attended the conference, the 122nd in the organization’s history.

HPU students who presented during the conference were Hannah Justice, a senior from Brownwood majoring in biomedical science, and Paulo Flores, a junior from Chandler majoring in biochemistry.

“I was encouraged seeing all the hard work that other students have put into making discoveries that benefit humanity – from agricultural research to wildlife biology to cancer research and so much more,” said Justice. “I am grateful for the opportunity to share my research with fellow scientists. I have spent three semesters working on my research and thesis, and to be able to share what I’ve learned with others was rewarding.”

Dr. Craig Younce, chair of the Department of Biological Sciences and associate professor of biology, coordinated the event with the TAS. He stated that the event carries benefits for all students, whether they presented projects or simply attended the conference.

“What’s nice about having this meeting on our campus is that it allows us to have more HPU students involved than would normally attend,” said Dr. Younce. “This gives them the opportunity to see what these presentations should look like, giving them experience before learning these methods in class.”

Dr. David L. Lambert and Celene Rosen were honored during the conference as the 2019 Texas Distinguished Scientist and the 2019 Outstanding Texas Educator, respectively.

Dr. Lambert earned both his BA and DPhil degrees from the University of Oxford. He has taught at The University of Texas in Austin since 1969, serving as the university’s director of the McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis from 2003 until 2014. Rosen graduated from the University of Wisconsin and obtained her master’s degree from Lamar University. She currently teaches in the Plano Independent School District.

First organized in 1880 and in its current form since 1929, the TAS promotes scientific research in Texas colleges and universities, encourages research as a part of student learning and enhances the professional development of its professional and student members.

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2019 semester at Howard Payne University ( HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at


Cutline: Pictured at the Texas Academy of Science banquet held at the conclusion of the meeting are (left to right) Cole Bené, a senior from Allen majoring in biology; Angelica Ramirez, a senior from Austin majoring in biology; and Hannah Justice, a senior from Brownwood majoring in biomedical science. The three were among the HPU students who attended the TAS meeting.

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