40 Years and a Formula for STEM Equity

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Today, September 27, 2016, marks the 40-year anniversary of TAME’s work to strengthen female and minority participation in STEM careers. As we celebrate with all of you, we want to present you with some numbers: numbers that show how far we’ve come, and numbers that show how far we still have to go.

In 1978, Austin magazine provided a snapshot of the times with the article TAME Boosts Minority Students Into the Engineering FieldAlthough Hispanic, African-American, and Native Americans comprised 17% of the United State's total population, they represented less than 3% of the STEM workforce. Of all the civil engineers in the United States, 1.3% were female.

"Paradoxically, our country needs more engineers, but is not taking advantage of the engineering potential of its minority citizens... Texas industry and education have united to launch a unique state-wide attack on the problem. The unusual partnership is called Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME)." The full article was reprinted in that year's Annual Report.

Forty years on, how are we doing? About 6% of today's STEM workforce is Hispanic, 6% is African-American, and 25% is female. The percentage of female civil engineers has risen to 12.7%.

Have we made progress? Absolutely. Is it enough? Not even close. Workforce diversity benefits everyone: according to recent research, mixed gender teams achieve 40% more patents than all-male teams, while gender diversity at the management level results in a $42 million increase in the value of S&P 500 firms.
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Ready to invent the future? JOIN THE CLUB.

Annual TAME Club Registration is now open. In our free TAME Clubs across Texas, students are starting exciting careers by exploring science, tech, engineering, math, coding, rocketry, robotics, and more.

Sign up by November 16th to win scholarships, connect with mentors, and compete in STEM! Learn more at
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TAME Scholarship Winners Announced for 2016


We are excited to announce the winners of our 2016 TAME Scholarships.

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TAME Scholarships Due Monday 6/6 - Don't Miss Out!

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TAME Scholarship applications due Monday, June 6th
All TAME club members heading off to college in a STEM field can win scholarships set aside just for them. Applications are due in two weeks, so urge your students to apply.

Students submit one application to be considered for all applicable scholarships. The TAME Scholarship selection committee will review all applications and make final recommendations on the following awards:
  • ConocoPhillips ($2,000/award)
  • Pratt & Whitney ($2,000/award, Wichita Falls students only)
  • The University of Texas at Austin ($1,500, engineering majors only)
  • Texas A&M University ($500/award, engineering majors only)
  • Texas Tech University ($2,000/award, engineering majors only)
Students will also be considered for TAME scholarships offered by Prairie View A&M University and the University of Houston.
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2015 TAME Scholarship Recipients Announced

Graduating Scholars

We are excited to announce the recipients of our 2015 TAME Scholarships:

Shaharyar Ali, University of Texas at Austin, Mechanical Engineering
Reginald Blow, Texas Tech, Mechanical Engineering
Sheldon Carter, Iowa Wesleyan University, Business
Nicholas Curtis, University of Texas at Austin, Chemical Engineering
Alicia Downing, West Texas A&M University, Nursing
Nathanael Garlington, Midland College, Computer Science / Computer Engineering
Aida Lu, Columbia University, Engineering - Operations Research
Maryana Mbalule, Midwestern State, Nursing
James McGuire, Texas Tech University, Mechanical Engineering
Blanca Miranda-Martinez, University of Texas Dallas, Chemistry
Stephanie Nguyen-Okwu, Texas A&M University, Biomedical Engineering
Alejandro Prieto, Midwestern State, Mechanical Engineering
Joshua Quaid, Texas Tech University, Mechanical Engineering
Lilia Requena, Texas A&M University, Biology
Sayon Rhodes, University of Dallas, Chemical Engineering or Math
Natalie Sahagun, University of Texas at Austin, Aerospace Engineering
Michelle Zhou, Cornell University, Computer Science

Congratulations, Scholars! Best of luck with the the coming school year. We look forward to hearing more from you at the end of the Fall Semester.

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