TAMEST Protégé Program Continues to Lift Up the Next Generation of Researchers in Texas

2024 TAMEST Protégé Program Nominations

TAMEST members have a unique opportunity each year to nurture the next generation of researchers in Texas. Through the TAMEST Protégé Program, early-career researchers are nominated on an individual basis by TAMEST members to attend the TAMEST annual conference at the special rate of $75.

“The TAMEST Protégé Program sustains a pipeline of rising talent that is crucial in cultivating the future of research and innovation in our state,” said Former TAMEST Board President Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D. (NAM), UT Health San Antonio. “It’s important for early and mid-career researchers to understand that it is not impossible to become a member of the National Academies. It’s really a matter of being mentored and having advocates willing to guide and support you.”

The TAMEST 2024 Annual Conference: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning will take place February 5–7, 2024, at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center in Austin, Texas. At the conference, protégés will network with top researchers in the state, attend an exclusive protégé breakfast and learn more about the science and innovation taking place in Texas. 

“I encourage all TAMEST members to nominate someone [as a TAMEST Protégé],” said Helen Heslop, M.D., D.Sc. (NAM), Baylor College of Medicine. “I think it’s a great experience for the protégés who go to the conference, and it also makes the conference more interesting for the TAMEST members. It’s great to have a diverse audience and to have a variety of protégés present.”

TAMEST also hosts a Protégé Poster Challenge which provides protégés an opportunity to showcase their research and innovation to research and industry leaders at the conference. Forty poster abstracts will be invited to participate in the poster session on a first come, first served basis. The poster challenge presents protégés an opportunity to present their research to and receive valuable feedback from leading engineers and scientists.

“[The TAMEST 2023 Conference] was a fantastic meeting with the best minds in Texas,” said TAMEST 2023 Protégé Poster Challenge Winner Maksim Mamonkin, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine. “I learned so much about great initiatives and innovations in energy transition, resilient engineering, and biomedical research in the state. It felt great to be a part of this community.”

Nominate your protégé today for the TAMEST 2024 Annual Conference and do your part to help elevate the next generation of Texas researchers.

Learn more about the TAMEST Protégé Program and poster challenge guidelines.

Protégé submissions received after December 13, 2023, are invited to attend the conference; however, due to production deadlines their name and photo will not be included in printed conference program.


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