Science and Engineering Education Center

** Next TSM Meeting **

February 18 - 20, 2016

Rice University

6100 Main St.
Houston, TX 77005


TSM Annual Meeting

The Texas Society for Microscopy invites participation to the 2016 annual meeting. The meeting and the workshop will be hosted by Department Materials Science and NanoEngineering at Rice University, 6100 Main St, Houston, TX 77005 on February 18-20, 2016. The workshop is open to everyone and will be held on Thursday, February 18. The following are important deadlines to remember: 

·         Abstract submission - January 15, 2016

·         Early Registration will open on December 1, 2015

·         Early Registration deadline - January 22, 2016

·         Call for full manuscripts due by November 1, 2015

·         Hotel reservation (group rate) -January 18, 2016 

More meeting information will be posted soon.


Hotel for the meeting with a special group rate

Courtyard by Marriott;  Houston Medical Center/Reliant Park, 

7702 South Main Street. Houston, TX 77030
Phone (713) 668-4500;  fax (713) 668-4506
King Bed: $89.00;  2 Queen Beds: $99.00


Call for Paper

August 27, 2015

Dear TSM Members:

It is that time of year again, when we need your input and materials for the new edition of the Texas Journal of Microscopy. Manuscripts of full papers and short communications, as well as letters to the editor are now being solicited for biological sciences, material sciences, as well as for education sections of the journal.

Please, look through your collections of EM and/or LM pictures and send some to be considered for the cover of the journal, and for ‘What Is It?’. Also, look through your personal pictures taken at previous meetings and send those to be considered for the ‘Meeting Memories’ section of the journal. 

Other sections of the journal, such as ‘Job Opportunities’ and ‘Technical Section’ are soliciting your input as well. Please, send technique papers describing new or improved methods for existing techniques and helpful hints for expediting processes and/or procedures used in microscopy. 

All the materials should be sent by e-mail to either editor no later than December 30, 2015. Manuscripts to be considered for the next edition of the journal should be sent as soon as possible before November 1, 2015. 

The editors are looking forward to receiving your materials. Thank you in advance for your contribution to the new edition of the Texas Journal of Microscopy. 


Camelia Maier, Ph. D. ( 
Nabarun Ghosh, Ph. D. ( 
Editors, Tex. J. Micros.



Small Grant Program


Program Objective and Funding Information

The Texas Society for Microscopy (TSM) Small Grant Program is intending to provide undergraduate and graduate students and their mentors with valuable microscopy educational experiences. By encouraging close working relationships between students and faculty, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning.

The program awards grants of up to $1,500 for a graduate student proposal and $750 for an undergraduate student proposal. Mentors could use the funds for materials and standard microscopy equipment necessary to complete a specific research project, student stipends and limited travel expenses associated with research. 

Eligibility and Requirements

1) While membership in TSM is not a requirement for applying for funding, it becomes necessary for both the student awardee and mentor at the time of award. 

2) Funding is restricted to proposals from student-mentor whose research is performed at a Texas institution. 

3) Student applicants must be enrolled full time in an accredited high school, college or university and use microscopy for research project in areas of life sciences, materials science, education, and any other areas involving use of microscopic techniques.

4) Student applicants must have a 3.0 grade point average in the last year prior to application. An official transcript must be submitted with the application. 

5) The students must provide two letters of support, one from their mentor and the other one from another professor who is familiar with the students’ ability to use microscopy for their research. 

Application and Submission Instructions

Deadline is January 31 of each year. The award will be made public at the TSM spring meeting. The proposal should be submitted either by e-mail or regular mail.


Page 1. Cover Page with the title of the project, student’s and mentor’s names and affiliation 

Page 2. Abstract (no more than 250 words)

Page 3. Mentor’s budget with justification

Pages 4-6. Narrative
Attach a project narrative of no more than 3 pages. The font should be 11-point or larger although figures, charts, tables, figure legends, and footnotes may be smaller in size provided they are readily legible and include a caption. Margins must be at least one-inch, and the application should be single-spaced with page numbers.

The 3-page research plan should include the following: 
1) Specific Aims (used interchangeably with: hypothesis, research questions, or objectives) 
2) Research Strategy: 

(a) Significance - explain the importance of the problem, the critical barrier to progress in the field that the proposed project addresses, or how the project will improve scientific knowledge.

(b) Innovation - explain how the application challenges and seeks to shift current research or describe novel theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies.

(c) Approach - describe the overall strategy, methodology, and analyses to be used to accomplish the specific aims of the project. Include expected results (if the case) and a timeline to describe the tasks to be accomplished during the months of the project.

(d) Details about the protocol in this section.

3) Discussion of future research work.

4) Data sharing plan - include a proposed method of presenting results; a TSM presentation is mandatory.

Page 7 and on. List of literature cited (no page limitation)

Application Appendixes

1) Biosketches (CVs) of student and mentor. The mentor should address internal and external research support in his/her CV.

2)Student’s transcripts

3) Student’s two (2) letters of support for the research project

Conditions of the Award

1) Grant funds must be expended within a designated period not to exceed one year from the award date.

2) Recipients must present an oral presentation at the following TSM meeting. 

3) Recipients must write a final brief report (1,000-2,000 words) on the results of the project within two months after the conclusion of the award period. The report will be published in the Texas Journal of Microscopy.

4) Recipients must acknowledge the TSM award in all publications resulting from the funded research.

The TSM Research Grants Committee, composed of three (3) members will review the proposals and announce the grant recipients at TSM meetings annually.

The review committee looks favorably on proposals that: 
• are meritorious in the field of microscopy; 
• will enhance the applicant’s record of scholarship and research; 
• will provide financial support and research experience for students; 

The review committee will not look favorably on proposals that

• are essentially for preparing textbooks or revising courses;

• are essentially equipment requests and do not support student research

Click here to download the TSM Small Grant Flier
Click here to download the Cover Page in .pdf format
Click here to download the Cover Page in MS Word format