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AUSTIN SCIENCE EDUCATION FOUNDATION

aka ASEF   |   Austin, TX   |  www.austinscience.org

Mission

The Austin Science Education Foundation (ASEF) will promote students' knowledge of and involvement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math by enabling participation in the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival, and supporting students selected to advance to the Texas Science and Engineering Fair and the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair. ASEF raises funds for the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival; recruits, trains and assigns over 550 judges & 200 volunteers, manages a mentor network; builds community partnerships and assists with the overall management of the fair.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Ms. Ingrid Weigand

Main address

704 W Gibson St

Austin, TX 78704 USA

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EIN

46-3571765

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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Austin Energy Regional Science Festival (AERSF)

AERSF serves 3rd - 12th grade students from 12 Central Texas counties and 23 school districts, as well as private, home and charter schools. It encourages their inquiry-based learning and recognizes and celebrates the students' achievements in order to keep them interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). It also provides scientists, engineers and other professionals a chance to interact with the next generation of young scientists.
AERSF is affiliate with the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair, the world's largest international pre-collegiate science competition; it abides by its rules and regulations that ensure that projects are done safely, ethically and scientifically.
Students who have won at their local schools advance to AERSF where they have a chance to compare their work to that of their peers', interact with professionals in their field of interest and get new ideas and impulses. It validates the students' efforts and recognizes them for the time and energy spent on projects outside their regular school assignments.

We conduct two separate fairs: an Elementary Fair (3rd through 5th or 6th grade) and a Junior (middle school) / Senior (high school) Fair.
At the Elementary level our main goal is to encourage young students to stay involved in math and science throughout their school career. Judging is not competitive; each project is evaluated on its own merit and students receive a 1st, 2nd or 3rd ribbon, as well as a certificate of participation. We want to let young students know that science is both fun and rewarding.
The Junior/Senior Fair is competitive. Students submit their projects in one of 17 scientific categories. Projects are judged by subject matter experts recruited from the community, giving students a chance to discuss their ideas with a professional in their field and receive guidance and inspiration. 1st-3rd place winners from our fair in both the Junior and the Senior Division advance to the Texas Science and Engineering Fair; six Senior Division "Best of Fair" projects will advance directly to the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair. Special awards and scholarships help reward the students' work and encourage them to pursue their interests. These awards are also of great value to students when they apply for college.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

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Financials

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AUSTIN SCIENCE EDUCATION FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 06/21/2023
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Board chair

Mr. Steve Howard

Retired, COO of the Houston-Galveston Area Council

Term: 2020 - 2023

Ronald Dittmar

Ronald Dittmar CPA

Richard (Steve) Howard

Retired Executive, Non-Profit Sector

Paul Strange

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)

Vic Ramirez

Associate General Counsel, Lower Colorado River Authority

Jonathan Luden

Senior Business Process Consultant, Austin Energy

Tammy Cooper

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Communications, Austin Energy

Askia Little

Elementary Science Coordinator, Round Rock Independent School District

Sue Ann DeCuir

PK-12 Science Coordinator, Pflugerville Independent School District

Toni West

Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Texas at Austin

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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