Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry Department News

BYU Alumnus Joseph Cardon Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Posted: Sep 25, 2016

BYU Alumnus Joseph M. Cardon, a current graduate student at UC Irvine, received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship earlier this year. 

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

Cardon specializes in Sustainable Chemistry. His research centers around multi-electron catalysts for use in dye sensitized solar cells. Dye sensitized ...

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Professors Create Chemistry Camp to Fill Void and Inspire Young Minds

Posted: Aug 25, 2016

The inaugural BYU Chemistry Camp was a fun-filled three-day event for campers ages 9-12 who participated in hands-on, inquiry-based chemistry experiments. Campers came from all local Provo schools (Franklin, Provo Peaks, Timpanogos, and Wasatch) and from as far away as Alaska and Tennessee.The idea for the camp was sparked by Dr. Ess who was looking for a science camp for his 10-year old daughter to attend this summer. With no rigorous science camp offered ...

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Cushman to Receive the Graduate Excellence in Materials Science (GEMS) Award in MS&T 2016

Posted: Aug 24, 2016

PhD Chemistry student Cody V. Cushman has been selected as a finalist for the Graduate Excellence in Materials Science (GEMS) award by The American Ceramic Society (ACerS).

The GEMS awards “recognize the outstanding achievements of graduate students in Materials Science and Engineering” and are open to all graduate students who make an oral presentation in any symposium or session at the annual Material Science & Technology (MS&T) Conference. 

Each finalist will be awarded a cash ...

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Crash Testing Bacteria: BYU Chemistry Professor Daniel Austin and His Graduate Students Try to Find Fatal Limit

Posted: Jul 31, 2016

The research group, funded by NASA, is studying high velocity impact of bacterial spores. More specifically, the group is trying to find the speed limit above which bacteria won’t survive when they crash into a hard surface. And the best part? There is a video!

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Department Picnic Held to Welcome Incoming Graduates

Posted: Jun 22, 2016

On Friday September 9th, the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Picnic was held to welcome our new graduate students. While guests enjoyed dinner, courtesy of Zupa’s, they engaged in lively games of bingo and a frozen t-shirt contest where contestants raced to put on t-shirts which had been frozen in dry ice. To end off the event there was a competitive volleyball game. Overall the Department picnic was a great success and we would ...

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BYU Chemistry Stockroom Receiving Manager, Linda Richards, to Retire

Posted: May 25, 2016

After just over 12 years of exceptional service, Linda Richards, the Chemistry Stockroom Receiving Manager of BYU, will retire at the end of the academic year; during which she plans to do volunteer work, spend time in her garden, do a little traveling, and get more involved in her family history work.

Richards’s long career is distinguished by the impact she left on not only her co-workers, but on the countless students she helped ...

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2016 Awards Banquet

Posted: Apr 08, 2016

The Annual Awards and Graduation Celebration Banquet was held April 7, 2016, 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

Jiuzhi (George) Gao, Emma Burrell, Clayton Moss, Charles Sherrill, Tayyebeh Panahi, Spencer Wallentine, Mason ...

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Richard Piccolo Honored by University

Posted: Mar 24, 2016

Richard Piccolo, the BYU custodial department’s area supervisor for the Benson and Nicholes buildings, was chosen to receive the Fred A. Schwendiman award this coming August.

Piccolo was raised a Boston sports fanatic in Watertown, Massachusetts. After high school, his older sister, who was a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, convinced him to attend BYU. He knew nothing about the Church at the time, nor did he know that ...

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