Founded in 2004, Turkish-American Scientists and Scholars Association (TASSA) is an independent, non-profit, non-political organization based in Washington, DC. TASSA’s vision is to build a sustainable scientific bridge between the U.S. and Turkey, supporting bilateral scientific advancement through the exchanges of people, knowledge, and technology.

TASSA realizes this vision by promoting educational and scientific exchange, and technological cooperation between science and technology institutions through increased networking among scientists and scholars between these two countries. TASSA also facilitates communication and interaction among U.S.-based Turkish scientists and scholars from various disciplines such as biomedical and physical sciences, social sciences and engineering, and cultivates the next generation of researchers through professional development activities.

TASSA’s flagship activity is its biannual conference, which brings together over 400 Turkish-American scientists from the U.S. and Turkey, and features a job fair targeted for early career scientists and scholars and Young Scholar Awards to recognize and honor their achievements. TASSA also publishes a quarterly newsletter disseminating information on the scholarly work and achievements of Turkish scientists and scholars, which reaches about 5000 contacts in the U.S. and abroad.

Statement of purpose as stated in the Bylaws

TASSA shall operate exclusively as a non-profit organization to achieve the following objectives:

  • Contributing to the social welfare and the industrial development in the USA and Turkey through education and science.
  • Promoting educational and scientific cooperation between the USA and Turkey.
  • Facilitating communication and interaction among Turkish scientists and scholars in all disciplines.
  • Disseminating information on the scholarly work and achievements of Turkish scientists and scholars.
  • Cultivating the next generation of scientists and scholars.

Tax Exempt Status

The Internal Revenue Service issued a determination letter in August 2006 that recognized TASSA as exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. TASSA is also classified as a public charity under section 509(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to TASSA are deductible under section 170 of the Code, and TASSA is qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Internal Revenue Code.