Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry Department News

Graduate Student Site Visit 2015

Posted: 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: 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.

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Harvesting Solar Energy

Posted: 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.

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Jennifer B. Nielson: Experiment and Experience

Posted: Mar 13, 2015

Dr. Nielson gave an inspiring and entertaining devotional address to the entire univeristy on March 3, 2015.

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Rex Lee Run Exceeds Expectations

Posted: Mar 11, 2015

The 20th annual Rex Lee Run, held on March 7, 2015, was a smashing success.  The number of racers doubled from approximately 900 in 2014 to almost 1,800.  Net revenue from the event, which will help fund the fellowship program in the BYU Simmons Center for Cancer Research, rose from around $12,000 in 2014 to $55,000. 

The fellowship program gives promising students the chance to work with faculty mentors on specific ...

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Chemistry Students Represent at College 3MT Competition

Posted: 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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Posted: Feb 25, 2015

Despite previous setbacks, Rebecca Plimpton lands publication in major science journal.

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Awards Presented to Faculty and Staff

Posted: Feb 13, 2015

The College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences held its College Annual Awards Banquet on Friday, February 6, 2015. 

Guests included full-time faculty, administrative and staff employees, professors emeriti, and retirees from the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. Three members of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry received special awards at this conference: Sue Mortensen, Executive Department Secretary, received the Outstanding Staff/Administrative Employee Award for 2015; Linda Richards from the Chemistry Central Stockroom received ...

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