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UNT TAMS students recognized in 2012 Siemens competition
Chenyao Yu of Allen was named a semifinalist in this year's Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology. Yu is now attending the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science at the University of North Texas and is one of 11 semifinalists in the 2012 competition.
The academy, or TAMS, has more students honored in the competition than any other Texas school, and is one of the top schools in the nation with honored students.
Yu worked with Angela Wilson, UNT Regents Professor of chemistry, on his project, "Open-Shell Correlation Consistent Composite Approach (ccCA): Z-Averaged Pertubation Theory."
Other TAMS students named semifinalists in this year's competition are: Robert Tung, Kevin Chen, Ari Gao, Wendy Tong, David Hao and William Huang, all of Plano; Karan Kashyap of Frisco; Cody Freitag of Rowlett; Srikar Donapati of Irving; and George Qi of Austin.
TAMS is a two-year residential program at UNT that allows exceptionally talented students to complete their freshman and sophomore years of college while receiving the equivalent of high school diplomas. Students enroll in the academy following their sophomore year of high school, live in a UNT residence hall and attend UNT classes with college students. After two years, they enroll at UNT or another university to finish their bachelor's degrees.
The Siemens Competition was established in 1999 and recognizes high school students' achievements in mathematics, science and technology research. It is one of the most prestigious high school-level competitions in the nation, providing winners with college scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $100,000. Individual and team winners of the regional competitions each receive scholarships of $3,000 and advance to the national competition, which this year were held Dec. 1-4 at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
"Unfortunately, none of our students were in the finals," said Nancy Kolsti, UNT communications.
Two TAMS students have won the top prize in previous years. In 2008, Wen Chyan received it for his individual research, and in 2002, Charles Hallford won the grand prize as part of a team. TAMS students were also named national finalists in 2009 and 2011.
Allen ISD to conduct parent survey
Allen ISD will be conducting a school climate survey for parents from Dec. 3-14. The Web-based survey will be conducted by Allen ISD and the research firm K-12 Insight. A similar survey will be conducted among all students in grades 7-12.
The purpose of the survey will be to invite parents to share opinions and perceptions about the school district and their child's school campus. Beginning Dec. 3, parents will receive an email inviting them to log on to the survey website. Results will be published in late January.
While there is no requirement to participate, parents are encouraged to take time to complete the survey when they receive the email. Look for the email from email@example.com with the subject line: Allen ISD Parent School Climate Survey.
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