Terik Daly, a former BYU student in the Department of Geological Sciences, recently received a highly competitive NSF (National Science Foundation) Graduate Research Fellowship as well as the Geological Society of America’s Stephen E. Dwornik Award. Both of these significant awards came as a result of Daly’s research on something very small—dust. Cosmic dust, that is.
BYU mathematics professor Tyler Jarvis: “I like the fact that mathematical tools aren’t just something to be used in the abstract. Yes, they are beautiful in their own right, but they can also be used to solve problems that many other people are interested in. They can tell us something deep about the nature of the universe.”