Amber Lu, Colleen Dai and Shoshana Zhang (pictured from left), students in UNT's Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, were named regional finalists in the 2015 Siemens Competition. UNT had more regional finalists and semifinalists than did any other school in Texas.
As part of a research team, Lu presented her work on using matrices to model hypergraphs, which are complex versions of normal graphs. The work has applications in social networking integrated circuits and neurological modeling. Dai and Zhang presented computational and organic chemistry research, which they conduct with Bill Acree, professor of chemistry. They are focused on finding alternatives to carcinogenic and toxic substances used in industrial settings.