Students in the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science at UNT led the nation in the 2011 Siemens Competition in math, science and technology.
The Siemens Competition is the nation's leading original research competition in math, science and technology for high school students. The contest awards college scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $100,000 in individual and team categories. TAMS is a unique, two-year residential program at UNT for high school-aged Texas students who are gifted in math and science.
TAMS had five regional finalists and 14 semifinalists, more than any other school in the nation.
Siemens regional finalists receive a $1,000 scholarship and advance to the Region Two competition, which was held in early November at the University of Texas at Austin. From there, regional winners receive a $3,000 scholarship and advance to the National Finals at George Washington University Dec. 15 to compete for the $100,000 grand prize.
In mid-November, TAMS junior Kevin Chang was named a Siemens Competition national finalist for his research on Determining the Existence of Graceful Valuations of Various Families of Graphs. In coming weeks, he will travel to Washington, D.C., to compete for prizes ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. Chang conducted his research with Edward Early, assistant professor of mathematics at St. Edwards University.
In 2008, TAMS student Wen Chyan won the national contest and the $100,000 that accompanies it. Eight other TAMS students have advanced to the national competition.
Alyssa Yancey with UNT News Service can be reached at Alyssa.Yancey@unt.edu.