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Student Research on Preterm Birth Wins First Prize

Posted: in Analytical, Research, Student, May 28, 2015

Suresh Kumar, a chemistry PhD candidate from New Delhi, India, won first place for his poster at the 39th International Symposium on Capillary Chromatography (ISCC) last week.

The annual symposium, held this year in Fort Worth, Texas, involves research from different branches of separation science.  Kumar attended the conference to share his progress on developing a microfluidic-based platform for diagnosing preterm birth (PTB). PTB—delivery before 37 weeks of gestation—is the most common ...

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Students Love Open Lab Day

Posted: in Community, May 14, 2015

The Y-Chem Society hosted two Open Lab Days this year, one on May 9th and the other on May 16th.  Around 250 eager students from local elementary, junior high, and high schools came to BYU start their careers as scientists-in-training. 

"Open Lab Day is always wonderful," said Y-Chem president Ryjul Stokes, "because it gives students a chance to perform experiments. It allows them to experience science in action."

Student participants were divided by age group ...

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Congratulations Graduates

Posted: in Student, Apr 29, 2015

Students from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry officially graduated from BYU on Thursday, April 23, 2015. President Worthen presided over the commencement ceremony, which was held in the Marriott Center.

The following day, April 24, the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences held its convocation ceremony in the Wilkinson Center, where each student was recognized and received his or her diploma.  After convocation, graduates from the department and their families were invited to a ...

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2015 Awards Banquet

Posted: in Student, Apr 20, 2015

The Annual Awards and Graduation Celebration Banquet was held April 8, 2015, in the Garden Court of the Wilkinson Center. Many undergraduate and graduate students were in attendance, as well as faculty and staff. Dinner was provided by BYU catering.

Congratulations to all award recipients and graduating scholars.


Student Research Conference (SRC) Session Winners

Swati Anand, Courtney Banks, David Broadbent, Wade Ellis, Marshall Hutchings, Holly Larson, Zhiwei Ma ...

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BYU Alumni Improve the Study of Bacteria

Posted: in Alumni, Apr 09, 2015

Paul V. Jones (2006 BS in Chemistry) and Shannon Huey Hilton (2013 BS in Chemistry) were featured on the Arizona State University (ASU) website for their contributions to the study of bacteria's antibiotic resistance.

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Getting Utah’s Young Scientists Ready for College

Posted: in Faculty, Apr 07, 2015

BYU professor Rebecca Sansom was selected as a member of Utah’s State Science Education Coordinating Committee (SSECC), which works with K-12 science education throughout the state. Members represent all the major institutions of science education in Utah, including K-12 school districts, colleges and universities, and informal education centers like museums.

Sansom has participated in the committee for the last three years and was originally chosen because of her role in the Jordan School District ...

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Research Pays Off at ACS National Meeting

Posted: in Physical, Research, Student, Apr 03, 2015

Of around 140 physical chemistry students in a poster session at the ACS (American Chemical Society) National Meeting in Denver last week, only a handful were chosen to receive awards for their research.  One of these few was BYU’s own Conner Harper, who graduated with his BS in chemistry this last December. 

Harper was awarded the American Chemical Society Division of Physical Chemistry Outstanding Student Poster Award for his research in Dr. David Dearden ...

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J. Bevan Ott

Posted: in Emeritus, Apr 02, 2015

Dr. J. Bevan Ott passed away March 27, 2015.  Ott received his bachelor’s degree from BYU and later returned to teach physical chemistry. He mentored many BYU professors, current and emeritus, including Adam Woolley and Brian Woodfield.

Ott spent several years at BYU as the Chemistry Department Chair and also served as BYU’s associate academic vice president over research.

Ott married his childhood sweetheart, RaNae, and the couple had six children.  After retirement ...

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