2014 TAMS Alumni Association Scholarship

We awarded the 2014 TAMS Alumni Association Scholarship (which covers the full 2014-2015 TAMS Program Charge) to Emma Holmes, of Allen. Congratulations, Emma – and thank you to all whose generous donations made this possible!

2014 TAMS AA scholarship winner - Emma Holmes

Victoria Barrera, of Pflugerville, came in a close second. Our original intent was to award a single scholarship. We liked Victoria’s application so much, we awarded her a second, smaller scholarship.

TAMS AA scholarship winner - 2014-15 - Victoria Barrera 2

Graduation Speakers 2014

The TAMS Alumni Association is on the lookout for speakers for the 2014 TAMS graduation. Since we’re coming up on the 25th anniversary of TAMS, wouldn’t it be great to hear from a member of the founding class? If you’d like to share your 25 years of accumulated nerdly wisdom with your fellow TAMSters, let us know!

Pi Day 2014

Join the TAMS alumni for the first annual Pi Day alumni celebration! March 14 (or 3.14) is the perfect time to get together with your fellow nerds and celebrate the joys of being TAMSters.

The goal is to get TAMS alumni of all classes together on 3.14, in whatever town they happen to be in. This can be as simple as meeting up at a bar, or as elaborate as you wish. If you’d like to host a TAMS Alumni Pi Day party in your neck of the woods, hit the comments and let us know! We’ll do our best to hook you up with the right folks.

Privacy Policy – Long Version

TAMSalumni.org Privacy Policy

TAMSalumni.org is committed to protecting its users’ privacy while giving the user as much control as possible over their personal information. This Privacy Statement describes the information we collect about the user and how that information may be used.

Information Gathered

TAMSalumni.org currently uses volunteered personal information as a basis to notify users and to implement the TAMSalumni.org Terms of Use & Copyright Information (the “Terms”). Any additional information that a user may choose to post are publicly available on the site. Email addresses volunteered through mail list registration are available to site administration. When users voluntarily and publicly disclose personal information in conjunction with content subject to a license, such personal information necessarily will be disclosed subject to the terms of the applicable license (e.g., personal information released as part of a comment).


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Other Notification

In order to implement or enforce this Privacy Policy, TAMSalumni.org may use user-provided e-mail addresses to contact users on an individual basis. At no time, unless such disclosure is required by law, a governmental agency, or specifically authorized by the user, will OmniNerd disclose individual user personal information to unrelated third parties that is not publicly available.


TAMSalumni.org contains links to unaffiliated third party websites whose privacy policies may differ from TAMSalumni.org’s privacy policy. TAMSalumni.org is not responsible for the privacy policies and practices of any linked website.

Personal Preferences

Users may “opt-in” to receive site notifications, newsletters, or other information via email. Users may remove themselves from such services at their discretion. Any email sent to an “opt-in” list will include directions for how a user may remove himself or herself from the list or a URL where the user may find such directions.

In cases where the site profiles allow users to display optional information publicly, such entry and display is at the user’s discretion and may be changed at any time by the user.


To secure site integrity, TAMSalumni.org employs reasonable security measures and procedures. Internal access to users’ private and nonpublic personal information is restricted to site administrators and individuals on a need-to-know basis.

In the event that TAMSalumni.org becomes aware site security is compromised or nonpublic user information has been disclosed to unrelated third parties as a result of external activity, including but not limited to external security attacks, TAMSalumni.org shall take reasonable measures which it deems appropriate, including but not limited to internal investigation and reporting, and notification to and cooperation with law enforcement authorities, notwithstanding other provisions of this Privacy Policy.

If TAMSalumni.org becomes aware a user’s personal information provided to TAMSalumni.org has been disclosed in a manner not in accordance with this Privacy Policy, TAMSalumni.org shall make reasonable efforts to notify the affected user, as soon as reasonably possible and as permitted by law, of what information has been disclosed, to the extent that TAMSalumni.org knows this information.

Children’s Privacy

TAMSalumni.org is not for use by those under 13 years of age without the consent of their parent or guardian. TAMSalumni.org is not responsible for use of TAMSalumni.org by users under 13 without obtaining the proper permission from their parent or guardian.

Privacy Disclaimer

While this Privacy Statement expresses TAMSalumni.org’s standards for maintenance of private data, it is not in a position to guarantee that the standards will always be met. There may be factors beyond TAMSalumni.org’s control that may result in a disclosure of data. As a consequence, TAMSalumni.org disclaims any warranties or representations relating to maintenance or nondisclosure of private information.

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TAMSalumni.org reserves the right to modify these Terms.  Such changes will be effective immediately upon posting to the site.  The user’s continued use of TAMSalumni.org sites following the Terms changes implies acceptance of the said changes.

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TAMSalumni.org sites are owned and operated by TAMSalumni.org for the purpose of supporting the interests of the alumni of Texas Academy of Math and Science (the “Purpose”).

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TAMSalumni.org may terminate a user’s access for any reason.  TAMSalumni.org is especially likely to terminate for reasons that include, but are not limited to, the following:

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The TAMSalumni.org Privacy Statement is applicable only on an TAMSalumni.org site.  The user should read the privacy statement on a linked-to website before disclosing any personal information there.

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TAMSalumni.org reserves the right to discontinue providing RSS feeds at any time and to require you to cease displaying, distributing or otherwise using the TAMSalumni.org RSS feed for any reason. TAMSalumni.org expressly disclaims all liability for any of your activities in connection with the RSS feeds or for your use of the RSS feeds in connection with your website.


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