UNT Dallas has become my pathway from community college to nursing school after graduation.

UNT Dallas has become my pathway from community college to nursing school after graduation. Without UNT Dallas, I would not have been able to make that connection.

I’ve been to big universities, and have seen what they have to offer. At UNT Dallas, you get real interaction with your professors, so much more than you do at larger schools. The professors here show a sincere interest in me and my goals, and they challenge us to do more than we thought possible.

For example, as a biology student, I had the opportunity to work with my professor Dr. Aubrey Frantz, and other students on an original research project. We wanted to find a project that would matter to everyone-something that would be interesting to the general public. We all eat, so we decided to focus on emulsifiers, specifically E4471, and the effect they have on our oral microbiota. Emulsifiers are in everything we eat. The FDA usually has limits on the amount of emulsifiers that can be used in a product, but E4471 isn’t regulated at all. Our research found an increase in pathogenic bacteria when emulsifiers were present in the mouth. That tells us that this emulsifier could be what causes certain diseases to come about.

My research team did a lot of work throughout the semester, at least three hours a day, and sometimes on the weekend. Dr. Frantz had very high expectations for our team, and that paid off at the Student Research Symposium. At first I was surprised when our team won first place, but then I thought about how much effort we put in. It was all worth it.