Written By: 
Miranda Holland
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

his summer, ten incoming TAMS juniors had the opportunity to conduct research in a UNT-based lab. These bright students have devoted 40 or more hours a week in conducting research. In conjunction with contributing to their field of study, they receive a head start in adjusting to life at UNT. TAMS awarded a $3,000 scholarship to each student participating in early summer research to help with the expenses associated with living on campus.

These remarkable students have a passion for research and are delighted at the opportunity to contribute to fields such as chemistry, biological sciences, physics and bioinformatics. Tanvi Bobba ’20, who works in the Biological Sciences Department under Dr. Jannon Fuchs, conducts research that entails examining autopsy samples from the human brain in order to find the correlation of Alzheimer’s disease to primary cilia. Bobba’s interest in early summer research stemmed from her wish to “explore and help people live longer, healthier lives.” She is also interested in using her research experience as a building block to further her interest in medicine.

Another early summer researcher, Kevin Yao ’20, is conducting research under Dr. Jose Perez in the Physics Department. Their research deals specifically with the fundamental properties of graphene, a material with extremely unique properties, such as being the hardest material to have ever been tested. Yao’s motivation for participating in early summer research derives from the “natural desire for us humans to be ‘great’ [and] to have importance and a legacy of positive impact on the world.”

The work that TAMS Early Summer Researchers are doing is remarkable. They are going above and beyond the typical scope of learning by conducting research that will ultimately help shape the future of healthcare, manufacturing, bioinformatics, and more.