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 Conference

Abstract Deadline: March 1, 2014

The Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, & Letters invites all Utah scholars to submit papers for the 2014 Annual Conference April 11th at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah.

All faculty and student members of the Adacemy are eligible to participate. The Academy encourages participants to submit a manuscript on their presentation for publication in the refereed Journal of the Utah Academy. One outstanding manuscript from each Division will be selected and its author(s) will receive a cash award. Please submit your manuscript to your division chair whose contact information can be found here. Alternatively, you can submit the abstract through the this link.

Presenters must be registered and paid for the conference in order for their abstracts to be considered. You can register at this link.

The conference will be followed on Friday evening by a catered dinner and an activity in Snow Canyon State Park. We're hoping for a clear night sky and a chance to set up some telescopes. The activity will cost $25, the profits from which will help fund our new Utah Academy Travel undergraduate travel grants program.

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