Who is eligible for membership in the Society?

The Tallahassee Scientific Society is open to everyone. We encourage anyone–of any age–to join and also volunteer for service on a variety of committees.

What does it cost to join?

Annual membership dues range from $10 for K-12 students to $40 for general membership. There are also special rates for teachers and retired faculty members.

What does the organization use my membership dues for?

Dues help pay for a variety of special events, that may include lectures and special presentations by visiting scientists and other scholars; for committee activities, mailing and printing costs, and for maintaining the Society’s web site. All officers, board members and committee chairs volunteer their time. The Society has no paid staff.

Are my membership dues and contributions tax-deductible?

Any amount above $10 is fully tax-deductible ($10 is set aside for member benefits with the rest going to support Society-sponsored activities).

What are some recent events the Society has sponsored?

Since January 2010, a sampling of events that the Society has sponsored or co-sponsored includes:

  • a free, three-month-long Spring Lecture Series at the R.A. Gray Auditorium in Tallahassee (Jan.–March 2010)
  • Florida State University’s “Origins ’10” lecture series (see: http://origins.fsu.edu)
  • the 2010 and 2011 Lannutti Memorial Lecture Series, a tribute to the late Joseph Lannutti, FSU professor of physics
  • a banquet and roast for Dr. Jim C. Smith, FSU professor emeritus of neuropsychology and world-renowned researcher into the sense of taste (Sept. 2011)
  • a lecture/presentation by Florida historian Jack Davis of the University of Florida, a noted biographer of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas (January 2011)
  • a lecture/presentation by Mississippi author Ellis Anderson on the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (June 2011)
  • an award to the winner of the Leon County Science Fair competition (Feb. 2011)
  • an award to the winner of a science-related project sponsored by the Florida State History Fair (May 2011)