Turkish American Scientists and Scholars Association (TASSA) is an independent, non-profit and non-political organization established in June 2004 in Washington, DC. TASSA's first Board was officially seated on February 18, 2005, after the announcement of the results of the elections. In 2010 TASSA operations were transferred to a Transition Team after a Special General Assembly, on April 26, 2010. A new board, which was elected during the 2012 Conference, continued the operations. We appreciate the contributions of countless individuals who spent their valuable time and efforts in bringing TASSA to this point.

We invite you to see recent TASSA 2016 Annual Conference page  and view an 1 and a half-minute introductory video. Also, TASSA website includes highlights of some key past activities such as Annual Conferences in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, 2012, 2014. (Video is courtesy of Turkish-American TV).


TASSA's vision is to build a sustainable science bridge between the U.S. and Turkey. This bridge would facilitate the flow of people (scientists and scholars), knowledge, and technology and help link science and technology institutions in the two countries.


TASSA’s mission is to promote educational, scientific and technological cooperation between the USA and Turkey and to facilitate the advancement of science in Turkey and the USA through scientific exchange, educational programs and increased networking.

Statement of Purpose

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.