Throughout our college, faculty and students are moving science forward with their bright ideas. Students have numerous opportunities to publish and present their research. Their projects result in technology and products that benefit people all over the world. Below, you’ll find news stories about the recent events and discoveries happening in the college. Perhaps you’ll find a project or mentor that will inspire your plans for grad school.
Two BYU graduate students from Brigham Young University’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry were recently recognized at a pair of international science conferences. Landon Wiest and David Jensen, both doctoral students in analytical chemistry, shared their research on chemical separations with the international academic community in Boston, Mass., and Valencia, Spain.
Moana Hopoate-Sitake, a doctoral student in the Chemistry/Biochemistry department, was invited to give a plenary address during the 16th World Congress of the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy on September 24th, 2008.
Two decorated short films produced by the BYU Center for Animation, co-sponsored by three colleges, including the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, picked up even more honors when the 2009 Student Academy Award winners were announced on May 18th. Kites and Pajama Gladiator each received an award in the animation category from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Two BYU Computer Science students recently received prestigious awards for their academic excellence. Kendall Clement and Tanja Brown were each honored for their individual collegiate accomplishments in May.
Professors Mike Dorais, Ron Harris and Jani Radebaugh of the BYU Department of Geological Sciences directed an expedition to the Himalayas in August 2009, allowing students to gain hands-on geological knowledge and learn much about the Indian people and culture.
Intrigued by the chemical processes involved with impact cratering, geology student Terik Daly is using his Barry M. Goldwater scholarship, which awards up to $7,000 dollars to its recipients, to fund his research in this area.
A team of BYU geology students took home top honors in a recent regional quiz competition, dominating a field comprised mostly of graduate students from some of the country’s top universities. Matt Davis, a graduate student from Queen Creek, Ariz., and Forrest Roberts, a senior from Frannie, Wyo., placed first in the quiz bowl held at the 3D Seismic Symposium in Denver on March 28, ultimately defeating a team of Ph.D. students from the Colorado School of Mines in the final round.
The results from the Putnam Mathematical Competition have just arrived, and they contain good news for Brigham Young University. The BYU Putnam team placed 16th this year, which is the highest the team has been ranked in the past 31 years. The last time the BYU team did this well was when team members included Gary Lawlor and Tom Hales. (Gary Lawlor is now an accomplished professor of [Mathematics] at BYU, and Tom Hales proved the famous 400-year-old Kepler Conjecture.)
Professor Dawn Teuscher, in the Department of Mathematics Education, is finding new reasons as to why some AP calculus students do better than others in Math 112. The biggest factor? Curriculum.
Brigham Young University graduate student Tabitha Bush won the Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Award at the American Astronomical Society meetings held Jan. 4-8, 2009.
This past October, graduate student, Michael Besselman, and undergraduate students Mark Calton and Benjamin Frandsen, all received awards for outstanding presentations at the 2009 Four Corners Conference, sponsored by the American Physical Society. The conference provides students a friendly environment to gain experience as they present their research under the strict regulations of professional conferences.
In late June, researchers from the University of Utah published a groundbreaking study that may further the identification and treatment of rare genetic diseases. As part of the research of Dr. Evan Johnson, of the BYU Department of Statistics, several BYU students were able to make contributions to this publication—combining their knowledge of statistics with new software.