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Big Problems, Big Bold Solutions

Big Problems, Big Bold Solutions

A team of students from UNT’s Texas Academy of Mathematics and Sciences, mentored by UNT BioDiscovery Institute’s Calvin Henard and Mauricio Antunes, is the first group from UNT to participate in the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition. The team genetically modified bacteria to mitigate greenhouse gases.

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TAMS Students Place First in North American Autonomous Car Competition

TAMS Students Place First in North American Autonomous Car Competition

Three students at UNT’s Texas Academy of Mathematics and Sciences (TAMS) took first place in the Amazon Web Services DeepRacer Student League Competition, the world’s first autonomous car racing league.

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Broader Impacts of Plant Communication

Broader Impacts of Plant Communication

Kent Chapman and Mina Aziz, researchers at UNT’s BioDiscovery Institute, have received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to look at how plants talk to their neighbors -- specifically the role of fatty acid amide hydrolases, which exist broadly in plants, in communication between plants and microorganisms.

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Bee Sustainable

Bee Sustainable

UNT became a Bee Campus USA in 2016, and in 2019 the College of Science recruited Elinor Lichtenberg, assistant professor of ecology, who studies plant-pollinator interactions.

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Offering Undergraduates Opportunities in AI Research

Offering Undergraduates Opportunities in AI Research

Researchers in UNT’s College of Engineering were recently awarded a three-year grant by the National Science Foundation through its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program to develop and operate 10-week intensive programs for students to learn about artificial intelligence.

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New Reality for Astronauts

New Reality for Astronauts

During their time as undergraduates at UNT, David Woodward (’20), Juan Ruiz (’20), Tim Stern (’20) and Nickolas Bratsch (’20) proved that one small step toward the unknown could result in a giant leap for the future of spacesuit user interface technologies.

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Curing Her Own Disease

Curing Her Own Disease

Diagnosed at 18 with Charcot-MarieTooth disease, commonly known as CMT, Allison Taylor (’20), who earned her biology degree this spring, has dedicated her life to researching a cure.

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Protecting the Environment

Protecting the Environment

Shrika Eddula, a second-year student in UNT’s Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, jumped in with both feet as part of the early summer research scholarship program before she began her first year in 2019.

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New Frontier for Spaceships

New Frontier for Spaceships

Alexander Sarvadi (’20) and his mentor Huseyin Bostanci, associate professor of engineering technology, believe they have found a better way to revitalize the air aboard spaceships — and NASA agrees.

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Tackling Complex Diseases

Tackling Complex Diseases

Giorgio Di Salvo (’20), a biomedical engineering student, was selected as the first fellow in the Westheimer Science Research Fellow program, specifically designed to support undergraduate research in UNT Mathematics’ new Statistics Lab.

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Fresh Air for Astronauts

Fresh Air for Astronauts

Alyssa Sarvadi, a recent graduate of UNT's College of Engineering, and mentor, associate professor of engineering technology Huseyin Bostanci, are part of a 10-year-old NASA program that sponsors graduate students and their professors who show significant potential to contribute to the space agency’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies.

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TAMS students named 2020 Goldwater Scholars

TAMS students named 2020 Goldwater Scholars

Kevin Yao and Christopher Zhou, students from UNT’s Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, have been named 2020 Goldwater Scholars, one of the country’s most prestigious scholarships awarded to students planning careers in mathematics, science and engineering. UNT leads Texas universities in the number scholars, with a total of 66 named since 1996. TAMS encourages all students to participate...

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Finding a Cure for Her Own Disease

Finding a Cure for Her Own Disease

UNT senior Allison Taylor could have let a medical condition slow down her academic plans or even her life in general, but instead, she’s using it as inspiration to reach her goals. Diagnosed at 18 with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, commonly known as CMT, she has dedicated her life to researching a cure.

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GREAT Grants

GREAT Grants

A new initiative administered by UNT’s Division of International Affairs is helping graduate students go great distances in conducting their research. The Graduate Research Experiences Abroad Travel Grant, or GREAT Grant, program supports international projects that enhance global perspectives by providing research experiences outside of the U.S.

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UNT PHAGES Program Fosters Undergraduate Research

UNT PHAGES Program Fosters Undergraduate Research

Since 2009, more than 500 students have taken the introductory course as part of the UNT Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (PHAGES) program, developed to inspire interest and retention in the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines.

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Regeneron Science Talent Search

Regeneron Science Talent Search

Three seniors from UNT's Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science were recently named among the top 300 scholars in the 2020 Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition.

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First Westheimer Fellow Selected

First Westheimer Fellow Selected

UNT Distinguished Alumnus Bruzzy Westheimer funded the new Westheimer Science Research Fellow program, specifically designed to support undergraduate research in UNT Mathematics' brand-new Statistics Lab. The first fellow, undergraduate Giorgio Di Salvo, and biostatistics professor Xuexia Wang are developing a novel and powerful statistical model to identify susceptible genes for complex diseases.

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NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates

25 undergraduate students are conducting research at UNT this summer thanks to the NSF's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. UNT has 3 NSF-REU sites led by senior researchers in the departments of chemistry, political science, and computer science and engineering. 

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