Founded 3 April 1908, the Utah Academy of Sciences was organized "to promote investigations and diffuse knowledge in all areas of science." Beginning 1923, the Academy started publishing the papers presented in its annual meetings in Proceedings. In June 1933 at the annual meeting, the Academy was enlarged to include the arts and letters, and the name was changed to the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters. Articles of incorporation and nonprofit organization status were accepted by the Academy membership at the spring meeting in April 1959. In 1977, the name of the journal of the Academy was changed from Proceedings to Encyclia. It became a refereed journal at this time. In the mid 1980s, the scope of the Academy was expanded still further to include 1) Business, 2) Education, 3) Engineering, 4) Library Information and Instruction, and 5) Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. Beginning with the 1998 issue, the journal is now The Journal of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters.

Annual Meeting

The Academy's annual meetings are normally held in April on one of the Utah campuses of higher education. The plenary session is called the Tanner Lecture, endowed by Mr. O. C. Tanner in 1986.

Best Paper Awards

The best paper presented in every division is given a cash award, which is presented at the "Academy's Awards Evening" held the following Fall.

Distinguished Service Awards

The Academy recognizes outstanding contributions to teaching and scholarship by means of annual Distinguished Service Awards, alternating every other year between disciplines.


When the Academy was founded in 1908, membership was by nomination, ratified by the Council, and elected by a "three-fourths vote of members present." Today, the Academy's membership is available by application.

Institutional Members

All Utah institutions of higher education are members of the Utah Academy. The Academy appreciates their patronage.

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2014 Annual Excursion
Encounter on the High Desert

WHEN: Saturday, June 7th all day starting at 9 am.
WHERE: Kanab and Pipe Springs National Monument
COST: $25 per person (includes entrance to the monument and lunch)

Join us at Pipe Springs National Mounument this year. We will be talking with them about the science and history of the area with the museum curator and the natural resource manager. We will be visiting various historic structures at the momunment and the museum which is shared with the local Kaibab Paiute Tribe.

We will also be joined by Dr. Stephen Armstrong, the director of the documentary Return to Little Hollywood. We are trying to arrange for a viewing of this short film, details will be provided as we get closer to the event. Steve will talk to us about the history of Little Hollywood and may be able to show us a few landmarks around Kanab in the afternoon. Click here to see a preview of Steve’s documentary.

In addition, we will be able to watch a classic western movie filmed in Kanab at the Old Barn associated with Perry’s Lodge in Kanab in the evening. Arrangements can be made to see the movie either Friday or Saturday evening at 7:30 pm. Please note that dinner is not included in the cost of this event.

Please RSVP directly to Erin O'Brien by email obrien@dixie.edu and provide any food restrictions you might have. Checks can be sent directly to Erin O'Brien at Dixie State University, 225 South 700 East, St. George, UT 84770 and we are working to see if we can allow payment through our website. Registration after May 31st will be possible, but there will be a small increase in the fee due to the types of reservations we are making. We hope to see you there!

(Photo Courtesy of the National Park Service)


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