The various Sections of the Academy pursue specialized interests
with informative programs and field trips, plus social events.
Periodically, the Academy presents free public lectures. The Larry
J. King Memorial Lecture at the Fall Scientific Paper Session and
the Spring Lecture feature professionals who share their expertise
in topics related to natural history.
The Academy sponsors a Fall Scientific Paper Session for members
and non-members who present their research on topics of local natural
history or other academic investigations. The event features the L.
J. King Memorial Lecture and is held at a Rochester area college each
The Academy participates in the Rochester Mineralogical Symposium,
a four day event held each April. At this four-day conference, internationally
renowned mineralogists present their research findings and share tales
of their fieldwork.
The Academy exchanges its Proceedings with several hundred academies
and scientific organizations throughout the world. The exchange receipts
constitute a very valuable and unusual resource, which, along with
the R.A.S. Library, is deposited on permanent loan with the Library
of the University of Rochester. The University extends to the Academy
membership use of some of its own academic facilities for study purposes.
Library cards are issued to members who apply for them and who show
their R.A.S. membership cards as proof of eligibility.
The Academy awards small grants to undergraduate college students
involved in science research to promote interest in science among
young people. Letters encouraging grant applications are sent to science
departments of western New York colleges in the fall semester. Information
on grants may be requested from the R.A.S. Grant Committee Chairperson.
Student Grant Application Form
The Academy takes notice of its outstanding members and friends,
and periodically bestows appropriate honors.
Fellows are chosen from the
active membership in recognition of scientific attainment and distinguished
service to the Academy.
Honorary Members are non-Academy
members who are chosen by the RAS Board in recognition of scientific
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