Honors and Awards - Chronological  

 
2004

  • Distinguished Public Service Award, American Mathematical Society, Phoenix, Arizona, January 8
  • Mathematician Tapia Earns Honors for Distinguished Public Service, Rice News, Volume 13, Number 18, January 22 [Online]

    Richard Tapia Receives 2004 AMS Award for Distinguished Public Service, AMS news, January 8 [Online]

    Program for January 2004 Prizes and Awards, Phoenix, AZ, January 8, 2004 [Online]

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2003

  • Honorary Degree in Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, December 12 [Online]
  • National Atomic Museum Foundation Hispanics in Science in Engineering Exhibit Honoree, Albuquerque, New Mexico, October
  • Featured in Sallyport, Volume 59, No. 3, page 12, Spring [Online]
  • Featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Volume 49, Issue 29, page A12, March 28 [Online]
  • Featured in  Houston Chronicle article “Professor Uses Math to Uncover Flaw in BMX Racing,”, February 27 [Online]
  • Featured in Science Magazine, Sidelines, January 31, Vol. 299, No. 5607, p.659 [Online]

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2002

  • Featured in Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology Magazine article “Hispanic Power Hitter,” Spring 2002
  • Texas Science Hall of Fame, Institute of Texan Cultures, University of Texas, San Antonio, Texas, January
  • Tapia Inducted into the Texas Hall of Fame, San Antonio, TX, Jan 21 [Online]

    The Texas Science Hall of Fame, The Texas Science Summit, Jan. 21 [Online]

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2001

  • Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Symposium, Association for Computing Machinery and IEEE-Computer Society, Houston, Texas, October

    ACM's Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing, Houston, TX, Oct. 18 - 21[Online]

    Letter of Congratulations from former President Bill Clinton, October 12 [Online]

    Symposium to focus on diversity in computing, Rice News, October 11 [Online]

    Richard Tapia celebration of diversity in computing symposium 2001, News and Events in High Performance Computing Education, Outreach, and Training [Online]

    Diversity in Computing, Ubiquity ACM IT Magazine and Forum, August 28 [Online]

    Celebration of Diversity in Computing Set for October, NCSA News, July 17 [Online]

  • Reginald H. Jones Distinguished Service Award, NACME, Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, October

    Rice Professor Honored for Career Contributions, Houston Chronicle, November 26 [Online]

    Rice University Professor to Receive Award from National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Rice News, October 26 [Online]

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2000

  • Distinguished Scientist Award, Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) National Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, October
  • Tapia earns humanitarian, cultural awards, Rice News, December 7 [Online]
  • 2000 Peace Award for Education, International Day of Peace, The Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Houston, Houston, TX, October
    Tapia earns humanitarian, cultural awards, Rice News, December 7 [Online]
  • Featured in “Hispanic Heritage Month,” Channel 39, Houston, Texas, September 16-October 15, 2000
  • Featured in FOCUS Newsletter of the Mathematical Association of America article “Cornell Honors David Blackwell and Richard Tapia with Lecture Series,” August/September, Vol 20, No 6, p. 4
  • Honored with the David Blackwell and Richard Tapia Distinguished Lecture Series in the Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, May
    Richard Tapia Honored Through Cornell Lecture Series, Rice News Volume 9, Number 31/April 27 [Online]

    Cornell University establishing lecture series to honor work of African-American, Latino and American-Indian scientists, Cornell News, April 20 [Online]

    New Cornell Lecture series honoring minority scientists to be held May 7-8, Cornell Chronicle, Vol. 31, Number 31, April 20 [Online]
  • Featured in Math Spans All Dimensions, Math Awareness Month article “Math of Car Racing,” April [Online]

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1999

  • Featured in Hispanic Outlook Magazine article “A Formula for More Minorities in Math and Science,” November 5
  • Featured in SACNAS News cover article “Hitting the Nation’s Scientific Highway with Mathematician Richard Tapia,” Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Quarterly Journal, Fall 1999, Vol 3, No 3, pp. 20-21
  • 1999 Giants in Science Award, Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network, Washington, DC, February
  • Tapia Named ‘Giant in Science’, Rice News, March 25 [Online]

    Richard Tapia Wins QEM Giants in Science Award, NPACI and SDSC, Volume III Issue 6, March 17 [Online]

    CRPC’s Richard Tapia Wins QEM Giants in Science Award, Summer [Online]

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1998

  • Featured in “Gender Equity in Technology” National Public Radio (NPR) Interview, KUHT, Houston, Texas, August 24
  • Featured in the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education 1998 Summer Academies Role Model brochure and poster for public and private schools, libraries, and home schooling organizations, 1998
  • Featured in “Weeknight Edition,” Channel 8, Houston, Texas, July 29, 1998
  • Featured in “Hola Houston,” Channel 26, Houston, Texas, June 21, 1998
  • Featured in Hispanic Engineer Magazine article “New Strategies Needed to Challenge Anti-Affirmative Action,” June/July [Online]
  • Featured in Hispanic Engineer Magazine article “What’s Next After Affirmative Action Dies,” June/July [Online]
  • Commencement address: “The Civic Scientist: Participation in Current National, Societal and Educational Problems,” Division of Physical Science, University of California, Los Angeles, June [Online]
  • Featured in SACNAS News article “Richard Tapia Wins AAAS Award for Lifetime Achievement,” Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Quarterly Journal, Spring 1998, Vol 2, No 2, pp. 10
  • Featured in Hispanic Engineer Magazine article “Best of the Best Top Hispanics in Technology,” February/March
  • Featured in Biographical Encyclopedia of Mathematics, Marshall Cavendish, Tarrytown, New York

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1997

  • 1997 Lifetime Mentor Award, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Philadelphia, PA (1998)

    AAAS Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement, Philadelpia, Feb. 16, 1998 [Online]

    Awards Program for AAAS Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement , Philadelpia, Feb. 16, 1998 [Online]

    Exploring Frontiers - Expanding Opportunities. 1998 AAAS Annual Meeting and Science Innovation Exposition. 12 - 17 February, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [Online]

    Tapia Accepts AAAS Award, Participates in Panel at Meeting, Rice News, February 26, 1998 [Online]

    Richard Tapia Receives AAAS Lifetime Mentor Awards, Rice News, November 13 [Online]

    Outreach Efforts Earn Rice’s Tapia Top Honor From AAAS, Media Relations and Information, News Release, November 13 [Online]

  • Featured in “Hola Houston,” Channel 26, Houston, Texas, October 5
  • Featured in “Nuestra Vida,” Channel 45, Houston, Texas, October
  • Featured in “Hispanic Heritage Month,” Channel 11, Houston, Texas, September 16 - October 15
  • Featured in “Becky Lee’s Diary,” Channel 11, Houston, Texas, June 14
  • Featured in Nuestras Vidas Magazine article “More than Math,” March
  • Hall of Fame Inductee, The Houston Hispanic Forum, Houston, Texas
  • Inducted into the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference Hall of Fame

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1996

  • Featured in interview on “Weeknight Edition,” Channel 8, Houston, Texas, October 31
  • Featured in interview on “The Spirit of Texas, Channel 11 Morning Show,” Houston, Texas, October 31
  • Featured in Village News article “Rice Prof Wins Mentoring Award,” October 29
  • Featured in interview on “Hola Houston,” Channel 26, Houston, Texas, October 27
  • Featured in Houston Chronicle article “Presidential Award for Rice Professor,” October 12
  • Featured in Houston Chronicle article “Clinton Taps Rice Prof,” October 11
  • Selected Hispanic Engineer of the Year, by Hispanic Engineer Magazine, Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference, Houston, TX, October
    1996 Hispanic Engineer of the Year “Equal to Any Challenge”, CRPC from Hispanic Engineer and Information Technology, Conference [Online]

    Tapia Wins National Honors, Rice News, August 22 [Online]

    National Hispanic Publication Awards Tapia Top Honor, Media Relations and Information, News Release, August 15[Online]

    Outreach Efforts Earn Tapia National Recognition, Media Relations and Information, News Release, August 9[Online]

    Richard Tapia Nominated to National Science Board and Named Hispanic Engineer of the Year, CRPC August 7 [Online]
  • Recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, National Science Foundation, Washington, DC, September
    Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, September [Online]

    Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, CRPC from A Report to the Congress: Science and Technology Shaping the Twenty-First Century [Online]

    Multiple National Honors for Tapia, CRPC from Siam News, January, February 1997[Online]

    Richard Tapia Receives Presidential Award for Science Mentoring, Rice News, October 17 [Online]

    Tapia Recognized for Excellence in mentoring at Rice, CRPC, CRPC September 24 [Online]
  • Appointed to the National Science Board by President Clinton, August
    Tapia Named NSB Member , Rice News, May 29, 1997[Online]

    Tapia honored by Clinton, Rice Thresher, September 20 [Online]

    Tapia Wins National Honors, Rice News, August 22 [Online]

    Outreach Efforts Earn Tapia National Recognition, Media Relations and Information, News Release, August 9 [Online]

    Clinton Nominates Tapia To National Science Board, Media Relations and Information, News Release, August 7 [Online]

    Richard Tapia Nominated to National Science Board and Named Hispanic Engineer of the Year, CRPC August 7 [Online]
  • Featured in Houston Chronicle article “By the Numbers,” April 22 [Online]
  • Featured in six-part documentary “Breakthrough: The Changing Face of Science in America,” Public Broadcasting Service National Showing, April 22
    Richard Tapia, Ph.D [Online]

    Tapia Featured in PBS ‘Breakthrough’; Segment to Air April 22 Rice News, April 18, 1996 [Online]

    Tapia among 20 Scientist to be featured on ‘BreakThrough’ Rice News, April 4, 1996 [Online]
  • Featured in interview on “Weeknight Edition,” Channel 8, Houston, Texas, April 18
  • Featured in Hispanic Engineer Magazine cover article “Rice’s Hot Rod Professor”, Spring 1996 [Online]

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1995

  • Educator Achievement Award, National Science Foundation “Diversity in the Scientific and Technological Workforce” Conference, Washington, DC
    Educator Achievement Award, September 15 [Online]
  • Featured in Miller Brewing Company calendar “Hispanic Americans in the Sciences - Realizing Visions,” January
  • Featured in NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) guidebook of good role models for students thinking about the future and to encourage minorities in their careers, 1996 Minorities Edition, 1995

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1994

  • First recipient of the A. Nico Habermann Award for outstanding contribution to aiding members of underrepresented groups within the computing research community, Computer Research Association, Snowbird, UT
    National Association Honors Tapia, Rice News, July 28, 1994 [Online]

    1994 CRA A. Nico Habermann Award presented to Richard A. Tapia [Online]
  • Selected “Professor of the Year” by the Association of Hispanic School Administrators, Houston Independent School District, Houston, TX
  • Featured in SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) brochure for K-12 teachers

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1993

  • Featured in Sallyport, Rice alumni magazine, October/November [Online]
  • Featured in Saludos Hispanos, April/May [Online]
  • Featured in Houston Post article “A Multiple Success,” March 21 [Online]
  • Featured in National Council of Teachers of Mathematics brochure

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1992

  • National Academy of Engineering, February
  • Featured in Professional, the Quarterly Journal for Hispanics and Black Professionals, Spring

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1991

  • In-depth interview: “Math Education in the Computer Age,” Hispanic Engineer, Spring
  • George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching, Rice University, Houston, TX
  • Noah Harding Professor, Rice University, Houston, TX
  • Biography included in middle schools science textbook Science Connections, Merrill Publishing

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1990

  • MAA-SIAM Address: “Interior-Point Methods for Linear Programming: An Overview,” Joint Mathematics Meeting, Columbus, OH
  • Named one of twenty most influential leaders in minority math education by the National Research Council, Washington, DC
  • Selected College Level Educator of the Year, by Hispanic Engineer Magazine, Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference, Houston, TX, October

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1988

  • Centennial Lecture: “The Emergence of Numerical Optimization,” SIAM National Meeting, Minneapolis, MN

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1985

  • First Place in Rice University Student Teacher Evaluations, Houston, TX

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  • Listed in Who's Who in America
  • Listed in Who's Who in the South and Southwest
  • Listed in Who's Who in American Education
  • Listed in Who's Who Among Hispanic Americans
  • Listed in American Men and Women of Science
  • Listed in 2,000 Notable American Men

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