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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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Rex Lee Run 2016

Posted: Mar 22, 2016

On March 12, 2016, over 1,500 people gathered at the BYU track to raise money for cancer research and to run together in support of loved ones. The 2016 Rex Lee Run for cancer research is an annual race held in honor of BYU’s tenth president, Rex E. Lee, who succumbed to cancer during his term at the university. Lee’s granddaughter, Stephanie Paulsen, spoke at the run's opening ceremonies with BYU ...

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Students Love Open Lab Day

Posted: 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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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.

Read the full article here.

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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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Children Show Their Appreciation for Y-Chem Service

Posted: Aug 03, 2012

The kids at attending summer day camp South Franklin Community Center showed their appreciation for Y-Chem. Y-Chem, BYU's chemistry club, taught the kids science principles through a fun and entertaining Magic Show.

"The purpose of the Y-Chem Magic Shows is to encourage students to explore their interests in science, especially in chemistry. These shows help them to visualize chemical principles in exciting ways so as to spark their imagination and curiosity," says  Mark Murdock ...

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Open Lab Day Opens Eyes to Chemistry

Posted: Jun 05, 2012

Most moms tell their kids not to play with fire, but those whose junior and senior high school children attended Open Labs Days recently put that rule on hold. On May 12th and 19th, students from the community came on campus to complete hands-on lab experiments sponsored by Y-Chem, BYU’s Chemistry club.

Austin Gillespie, a recent graduate in chemistry education, started the day with a magic show presentation. After turning off the lights, Gillespie ...

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One Magical Open Lab Day

Posted: Jun 08, 2011

“It’s like Harry Potter!” yelled one student in delight as a tornado of green fire spun in the mesh tunnel at the front of the room. “Yeah, the Goblet of Fire!” another chimed in. This exciting spectacle wasn’t magic, though. It was all created by science.

On May 14 and 21, 2011, the Y Chem club, in conjunction with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, hosted local students ranging from fifth to twelfth ...

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