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Reaffirmation as a Tier One research university

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education™ recently reaffirmed UNT's standing as a Tier One research university — an achievement recognizing the university's efforts to grow its research enterprise and rise to national prominence. With only 131 universities included in the classification — Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity — UNT is ranked among the nation's most elite research institutions in the top tier. First elevated to the Carnegie R1 category in 2015, UNT is celebrating this confirmation and continued progress toward research excellence, teaching and reputation.

Collaboration Spotlight
G. Brint Ryan announcementIntroducing the G. Brint Ryan College of Business

UNT recently announced the naming of the G. Brint Ryan College of Business through a $30 million commitment — the largest gift in university history — from accounting alumnus G. Brint Ryan and his wife, Amanda. The gift will provide ongoing support for business research through academic endowments, as well as funds to support strategic program initiatives to ensure the college is one of the nation's top providers of business higher education.

Research News
Building a Better World: Celebrating Women in STEM
Celebrating women in S.T.E.M.

UNT will host Building a Better World: Celebrating Women in S.T.E.M., a symposium in honor of International Women's Day, from 2 to 6 p.m. March 1 in the University Union Ballroom, Suite 314. Open to the public, the event will showcase research conducted by UNT faculty and student women in S.T.E.M. The symposium will feature guest speakers Catharine Conley, former planetary protection officer at NASA, and Eva Csaky, executive director of Southern Methodist University's Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity, as well as a panel discussion and student poster sessions.

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Citing top researchers

UNT researchers once again have been recognized for influential work in their respective fields. Biological sciences faculty Richard Dixon and Vladimir Shulaev have been named to Clarivate Analytics' 2018 list of Highly Cited Researchers, ranking in the top 1 percent by citations in biology. Political science professor Idean Salehyan is recognized by the American Political Science Association, appearing on their list of top-cited faculty members. Citations are a measure of the impact and significance of a researchers' work, and these honors validate the caliber of their work.

Mira Patel, Ritik Patnaik and Rishi Shridharan
Recognizing top scholars

For their original research projects to tackle diabetes, cybersecurity, multiple sclerosis and brain injuries, UNT's Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science seniors, from left, Mira Patel, Ritik Patnaik and Rishi Shridharan, were named three of the top 300 scholars in the United States in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation's oldest and most prestigious science and math competition. The students, who worked closely with UNT faculty mentors on their projects, were selected from a pool of nearly 2,000 students.

Steve Jackson
Honoring outstanding contributions

Regents Professor of mathematics Stephen Jackson was accepted as a fellow by the American Mathematical Society, a designation recognizing his outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication and utilization of mathematics. A thought leader on definable set theory, Jackson presented his decade-plus work at this past year's International Congress of Mathematicians in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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