Founded in 1902, the New Mexico Academy of Science has been in continuous existence since 1915. The Academy is a member of the National Association of Academies of Science (NAAS) and an affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The New Mexico Academy of Science works with teachers, state agencies, and the legislature to establish appropriate standards for the teaching of the sciences. The Academy goals are to foster scientific research and scientific cooperation, increase public awareness of the role of science in human progress and human welfare, and promote science education in New Mexico. Membership in the Academy is open to anyone interested in science, science education, or the other goals and programs of the Academy. Individuals engaged in scientific research or teaching at all levels are particularly encouraged to become members.