The Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science is a residential program for high school-aged Texas students who are high achievers and interested in math and science. Students in this two-year program live on campus while completing a rigorous academic curriculum of college coursework with instruction from regular university faculty.
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TAMS had four regional finalists -- Jerry Du, Thomas Krenik, Vinay Ramasesh and Samuel Thompson -- and 14 semifinalists named this year in the 2007 Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science & Technology which recognizes high school research in math and science. The academy has more semifinalists than any other school in the nation, and more regional finalists than any other Texas school.
Four TAMS students --Yieu Chyan, Amelia Lin, Monica Lu and Wenqui "Jack" Wang -- were named Barry M. Goldwater Scholars, more than any other Texas college or university. The award is considered among the most important awards for students planning careers in math, science and engineering.
Amelia Lin is also among 141 national high school graduates selected as 2007 Presidential Scholars. The program recognizes some of the nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors for exceptional academic achievement.
Alice Ting, Ph.D.
After completing the TAMS program, Ting earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard then attended the University of California at Berkeley where she earned her Ph.D. After post-graduate work at the University of California at San Diego, Alice was appointed assistant professor of chemistry at MIT.
Carlos Murillo, M.D.
Following his TAMS career, Murillo completed undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin then earned a medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston before pursuing a surgical specialty.
Erica James, M.D.
Just two years after completing TAMS, James graduated from the University of Miami, and four years later completed its medical school, in spring 2004.
Robert Kirby, Ph.D.
After his TAMS work, Kirby earned his undergraduate degree at Texas Tech University, followed by a Ph. D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He completed post-doctoral work at the University of Chicago before accepting a tenure track position there and today holds a mathematics faculty position at Texas Tech.