• The many talents of Amy Guan

    After second-year student Amy Guan logs in to her server and runs her reaction through a chemical
    algorithm, she has a few hours to kill before she can populate her data. But between being HOPE’s social
    media coordinator and volunteering to teach children engineering, she can easily fill the time.
    “She is the most hardworking person I’ve ever met,” second-year student Jennifer Huang said. “She is
    where she is now because she works hard.”
    Amy’s hard work led her to be named as a 2021 Regeneron Science Talent Search Finalist, formerly
    known as the Intel Science Talent Search. Amy was among 40 high school seniors nationally to be
    selected for this honor and only one of five Texas students. Amy was awarded with a $25,000 scholarship.
    Amy worked with UNT’s Regents Professor of Chemistry Dr. Thomas Cundari in his computational
    chemistry lab.

  • All TAMS regional science fair participants advance to state, six to internationals

    Spending hours writing scripts and filming videos is not how first-year student Yifan Guo expected to
    prepare for the state science fair. Due to COVID-19, competitors were required to submit videos to the
    Texas Science and Engineering Fair (TXSEF) in place of an in-person pitch and interview.
    “I spent 10 hours on [my video],” Yifan said. “[I was] trying to brainstorm what to say, doing drafts and
    practicing how to speak fast while speaking clearly in order to squeeze everything coherently into the
    short video.”
    20 TAMS students competed in the Fort Worth Regional Science and Engineering Fair (FWRSEF), and
    all entries advanced to the TXSEF. At the TXSEF, Yifan placed second in the system software category.
    Additionally, six TAMS students qualified for the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF),
    which is taking place virtually with judging from May 3-6 and official events from May 16-21. Shrika

  • TAMS Student creates Connections between Teens and Senior Citizens


    nthony Zhou was featured on the Today show for his work helping to create a platform for senior citizens to connect with teens online.  The site, Big & Mini was co-founded by Anthony Zhou, Aditi Merchant, and Anthony Zhou.  The site aims to help alleviate social isolation during a time when many are feeling disconnected from their peers and seeks to create mentorships for the benefit of teens and seniors alike.  See the interview and join the community!

  • Changing the World One Girl at a Time


    AMS senior Melanie Che ’19 recently had the opportunity to participate as a Reporter at the 7th annual Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. Girl Up is a campaign of the United Nations Foundation that works to position girls all over the world to be leaders in the movement for gender equality. Out of 387 girls, Che was selected for Team Strong, a group of 6 girls who were given the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes and interview influential women in the gender equality movement; she also had the opportunity to speak to government representatives at Capitol Hill about Bill 1580, which urges the consideration of educational needs for vulnerable girls and women around the world. A couple of other responsibilities Che had as a Reporter included being the official Girl Up representative on the United Nations Instagram account, which she felt was absolutely surreal, and leading a panel discussion about girls in STEM.   

  • Above and Beyond: How TAMS Early Summer Researchers are Shaping Our Future


    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.

  • Matched Up: Putting Dollars Towards Education


    or TAMS alumni Travis Owens ’02 and his wife, Shan Wang ’03, they have a philanthropic mission to put their money where it can do the most good in the long run. Owens is currently a Mechanical Engineer at Apple, and Wang is a Senior Staff Software Engineer at Google. Both of their respective employers provide a matching gift program, which they took advantage of when they made their recent donation to TAMS.

  • A Message From the Dean

    Being a TAMS student is a unique and formative experience that alumni look back to with warm nostalgic feelings. I find it particularly satisfying to see how TAMSters treasure their memories and love “comparing notes” of their shared experiences across generations. In recent times, one thing that has bonded TAMSters after their two memorable years at the Academy has been annual Pi Day celebrations all over the world. So it was fitting, when we had a call for proposals among TAMS students, that Jeff Wang’s catchy suggestion was adopted as the TAMS alumni newsletter name: “A Slice of Pi.” (Jeff is featured in this first edition).

  • From Linux to Law


    apna Kumar (’96) was bored in her home high school.  TAMS was her opportunity to learn and grow.  She’s been learning and growing ever since.

    Kumar’s TAMS experience allowed her to eventually pursue two very different degrees at UT Austin—a B.S. Mathematics and a B.A. Philosophy—in only three years.  She says that TAMS also provided her with the broad science foundation that allowed her to become a registered patent attorney, and later, a patent law professor.

    Kumar was drawn to patent law because of her interest in technology, especially software licensing, and her love of writing and communication.  It allowed her to blend liberal arts with science.