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Y-Chem Receives ACS Award, Fourth Year Running

Posted: in Student, Mar 31, 2015

For its fourth consecutive year, the Y-Chem Society has received a Commendable Chapter award from the American Chemical Society. To win the award, Y-Chem submitted a report of their yearly activities, their active member count, and their impact on the community.

Y-Chem stays very busy throughout the year, hosting magic shows at elementary schools, selling liquid nitrogen ice cream during National Chemistry week, and hosting Open Lab Day—a day when elementary and junior high ...

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Graduate Student Site Visit 2015

Posted: in Student, Mar 27, 2015

“BYU professor + hard working graduate student = several publications, a great job, and a satisfying life.”

According to the graduate student recruiting committee, this is the equation for a successful graduate school experience.

Prospective graduate students and their spouses visited BYU this past weekend, March 20-21, for the annual graduate student site visit.  One of the students was Janice Darko, originally from Ghana, who will be starting her PhD program this fall.  Darko, like many of ...

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Center for Cancer Research Hosts Appreciation Dinner

Posted: in Community, Faculty, Student, Mar 19, 2015

The Simmons Center for Cancer Research (SCCR) commemorated what would have been the 80th birthday of the late Rex Lee with an appreciation dinner for those involved with cancer research at BYU.

SCCR faculty and students gathered with members of Lee’s family and individuals from the community to celebrate the center’s research, to recognize the SCCR’s former director, and to honor Lee’s life.

Read the full article here.

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Harvesting Solar Energy

Posted: in Inorganic, Research, Student, Mar 19, 2015

Chemistry graduate student Trevor Smith grows nanocrystals to capture the energy in sunlight. Smith is the second author of a paper published in the journal Nanotechnology. He and first first author Stephen Erickson, a physics student, work with professors Richard Watt and John Colton.

Read the BYU news release here.

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Chemistry Students Represent at College 3MT Competition

Posted: in Analytical, Research, Student, Mar 06, 2015

Two of Dr. Woolley’s students, Mukul Sonker and Jayson Pagaduan, received honorable mention at the 3MT competition for the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences on February 20, 2015.

3MT, or 3 Minute Thesis, is a relatively new program at BYU where graduate students are given three minutes to explain their theses and win the interest of a diverse audience.  The 3MT format was developed by the University of Queensland to help students in ...

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Finding the Gap in the Pattern

Posted: in Physical, Research, Student, Feb 05, 2015

Jacob Schliesser, a graduate student from Vernal Utah, recently had an article published in Physical Review B.  

Physical Review B is often acknowledged as the best journal for condensed matter research. “It is definitely the best Journal I’ve published in so far,” said Schliesser. 

The article, “Lattice vacancies responsible for the linear dependence of the low-temperature heat capacity of insulating materials,” is actually Schliesser’s tenth paper to be accepted for publication. “I’ve ...

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Chromatography Student Published in Top Journal

Posted: in Analytical, Physical, Student, Jan 29, 2015

PhD student Tayyebeh Panahi recently had an article published in the Journal of Chromatography A, one of the top journals that publishes work in analytical chemistry. 

Panahi works in Dr. Roger Harrison’s lab developing new stationary phases for ion chromatography columns. She then applies these columns to the separation and detection of analytes in biofluids and environmental waters.  Her article (on which she collaborated with Dr. Harrison, Dr. John Lamb, and Douglas Weaver) focuses ...

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PhD Student Wins Poster Competition in Florida

Posted: in Analytical, Student, Dec 18, 2014

Sambhav Kumbhani, a PhD student from Mumbai, India, won first place for his poster at the 33rd annual American Association of Aerosol Research (AAAR) Conference in October 2014.

Kumbhani is a sixth year graduate student at BYU. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Mumbai, but was drawn to BYU because of Dr. Jaron Hansen’s atmospheric chemistry research.  Hansen’s lab collaborates closely with two retired professors ...

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