DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Tiffany Jiang, a second-year Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science student at the University of North Texas, will present her forensic chemistry research March 4 (Wednesday) at the Texas State Capitol in Austin as part of Texas Undergraduate Research Day.
Jiang, working with UNT Professor of Chemistry Teresa Golden, researched bone powders, via x-ray analysis, to help examine ancient human remains that have been contaminated by heavy metals. Her work can help investigators collect DNA that otherwise would have been uncollectable.
"Conducting research at UNT has been an immensely enriching experience," Jiang said. "I've always been drawn to the sciences, and researching at UNT/TAMS has helped me discover new ambitions. I am honored to have this opportunity to share and present my work in Austin."
Texas Undergraduate Research Day showcases the experiences of undergraduate students for Texas legislators and the public. Participants and their faculty advisors have the opportunity to tour the Texas State Capitol, attend committee hearings and the daily meeting of the Texas Senate and House of Representatives. The event is coordinated by the Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors, the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas Inc., and the Texas Association of Community Colleges.
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.