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TAMS students named 2013 Goldwater Scholars

Goldwater Scholars 2013, Helen Xiong and Kevin ChenTwo students from the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science have been named 2013 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars.

Goldwaters are considered to be among the country’s most prestigious scholarships awarded to students planning careers in mathematics, science and engineering.

All college sophomores and juniors are eligible to compete for the scholarships, which provide up to $7,500 for tuition, fees, books and room and board.

This year’s scholars are Helen Xiong and Kevin Chen, left. The Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS) is a two-year residential program that allows gifted students to complete their freshman and sophomore years of college while earning their high school diplomas.

“These awards highlight the talents of all our TAMS students,” said TAMS Dean Richard Sinclair. “The wonderful students, excellent mentoring by faculty, and strong support of the university are an unbeatable combination.”

Xiong studies physics and materials science engineering at UNT.

Xiong has worked on research projects including refining the equation for defining polymer brittleness, and better understanding how clay particles can strengthen the wear properties of polymer nanocomposites, which affect industrial machinery and enhance the study of friction in materials science.

Chen is studying genetics at UNT.

Chen has worked on research projects including the development of a new statistical tool for the analysis of cancer data. By developing this tool, Chen has contributed to the detection of cancer genes that may be critical biomarkers for cancer treatments. 

Since its first award in 1989, the Goldwater Foundation has awarded more than 6,550 scholarships worth about $40 million.

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Posted on: Wed 17 April 2013

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