The Edith and Peter O'Donnell Awards
The Edith and Peter O'Donnell Awards were established to recognize outstanding achievements by young investigators in medicine, engineering, science, and technology innovation. The awards are named in honor of Edith and Peter O'Donnell, who have been steadfast supporters of TAMEST since its inception.
Nominations are evaluated by a committee of TAMEST members, and finalists are selected in consultation with a committee of Nobel Laureates. TAMEST's board of directors has final approval of the award recipients.
Nominees must have spent the past two years performing research in Texas. Members of TAMEST are not eligible to receive the Awards in order to shift the focus to the accomplishments of up-and-coming Texas researchers.
In 2005, the National Academies released a report entitled Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Future. The report describes how improving science and technology research will help the United States sustain its economic viability in the future while industries become increasingly global. One major component of the report is the diminishing quality of K-12 science and math education.
In response to the report, TAMEST's Education Steering Committee was charged by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, TAMEST Founding Co-chair, to conduct an in-depth study to identify those variables negatively affecting K-12 math and science education.
The Committee's final report, The Next Frontier: World Class Math and Science Education for Texas, was released in December of 2008. Click here to view The Next Frontier report online. To receive a hard copy of the report, contact the TAMEST office.