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UNT Insider | May 2007 Issue | TAMS

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TAMS graduates named to USA Today academic teams

From a UNT News Service press release

Recent Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science graduates Amelia Lin and Monica Lu are featured in the May 17 USA Today as members of the newspaper's All-USA First High School Academic Team and All-USA Second High School Academic Team, respectfully.

The High School Academic Teams are open to students graduating from high schools in the United States or its territories, or from Department of Defense schools overseas.

Each student, nominated by a teacher or counselor from his or her school, is selected primarily for a specific outstanding academic, artistic or leadership achievement, which the student must describe in a 500-word essay. The student's grades, high school curriculum, leadership activities in school and in the community, and letters of recommendation are also considered.

For being named to the First High School Academic Team, Lin received $2,500. Lu received a certificate.

Lin and Lu, who are both from Plano and roomed together this past academic year in McConnell Hall, graduated May 11 from the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, a two-year residential program at UNT that allows talented students to complete their freshman and sophomore years of college while earning their high school diplomas.

Students enter TAMS after their sophomore year of high school, live in a UNT residence hall and attend UNT classes with college students. After four semesters, they graduate from TAMS with 60 hours of college credit and the equivalent of a high school diploma. They stay at UNT or transfer to other universities to finish their bachelor's degrees.

Lin was named to the First High School Academic Team for conducting research in the laboratory of Zhibing Hu, UNT professor of physics. Beginning in her first semester at TAMS in the fall of 2005, Lin investigated the properties of carbon nanotubes, or hollow cylinders of carbon atoms that are only a few nanometers - one billionths of meters - in diameter. These nanotubes may be used in the future for drug delivery into individual human cells, targeted cancer treatment and other applications in the human body.

Lin's research also led to her being chosen for a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. The Goldwater Scholarships, which were awarded to 317 students in the nation this year, provide a maximum of $7,500 each year for one or two years to cover tuition, fees, books and room and board. They are considered to be among the country's most prestigious scholarships awarded to students planning careers in mathematics, science and engineering. Students are chosen for the scholarships on the basis of their scientific research, grade point averages and other achievements.

Lin also was honored in several science competitions for her research. In October 2006, she was named a regional finalist in the national 2006 Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science & Technology after first being named a semifinalist. She presented her research project before a panel of judges at the Southwestern Region Competition, which determined the national finalists in the competition.

This past January, Lin was named a semifinalist in the 2007 Intel Science Talent Search, another national scholarship competition that honors high school student research in science, mathematics and engineering. Lin received $1,000 for being named a semifinalist.

Her research project also received the grand prize at the Fort Worth Regional Science Fair in March. The grand prize award qualified her to participate in both Texas' state science fair in April and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2007 being held this week in Albuquerque, N.M. Lin received an all-expenses paid trip to attend the international science fair, which will include projects from students representing all 50 states and 47 countries, territories and regions.

A National Merit finalist, Lin will be honored in Washington, D.C., in June as one of 141 high school students chosen as 2007 Presidential Scholars.

She will attend Harvard University this fall to finish her bachelor's degree, majoring in physics or education. She plans a teaching and research career in the sciences.

Lu was named to the Second High School Academic Team for her research on human brain activity during antisaccade - suppression of automatic eye movement responses. She conducted her research project last summer at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Research Science Institute.

Lu was previously honored for her research when she received a Goldwater Scholarship and was named a semifinalist in both the 2006 Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science & Technology and the 2007 Intel Science Talent Search. Her project also placed first in the Behavioral Science category at the Fort Worth Regional Science Fair.

Lu recently became one of two Texas students chosen by the Texas Education Agency to attend the 2007 National Youth Science Camp June 27-July 23.

She will attend Yale University this fall to finish her bachelor's degree. She plans to major in biology and eventually earn both a medical degree and a doctoral degree to combine a medical career with research.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108
Contact: Nancy Kolsti (940) 565-3509
Email: nkolsti@unt.edu

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May 2007

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