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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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Three All-Star Students Share Their Post-BYU Plans

Posted: Apr 17, 2012

Terik Daly, a geology major, already has experience studying cosmic collisions, thanks to a simulator he built with Dr. Daniel Austin. Daly credits the undergraduate research opportunities at BYU for helping him secure a spot at Brown University.

Each student participating in graduation ceremonies this week has his or her own story to tell. We caught up with a few of them to find out their post-BYU plans and to ask what they’ll miss ...

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Annual Chemistry Banquet Celebrates Outstanding People

Posted: Apr 10, 2012

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry gathered together on Wednesday, April 4, to spend an evening in celebration of the outstanding accomplishments of its students over the past year.

The rooms were packed to capacity with around 260 attendees. BYU Dining Services prepared and served a three-course meal as the room buzzed with conversation and congratulations. Dr. Gregory F. Burton, the chair of the department, began the night with a warm welcome to all those ...

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Graduate Student Awarded Competitive Analytical Chemistry Fellowship

Posted: Apr 05, 2012

When Pankaj Aggarwal came to BYU in August 2009 to start his PhD studies, he wasn’t sure if he was doing the right thing. He entered Dr Milton Lee’s research group that December and began studying new liquid chromatographic methods used for identifying proteins and peptides.

Two and a half years later, Aggarwal is still uncertain of what the future may hold, but there is a difference. Then, he was unsure and uneasy ...

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Hydrogen Peroxide Goes Green in Undergrad's Published Paper on Renewable Energy

Posted: Feb 01, 2012

Most of us know hydrogen peroxide as a way to bleach hair, but MacKenzie Mayo is using it to help turn yard waste into renewable energy.

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Transfer Student Finds Research Opportunities and Religious Fulfillment at BYU

Posted: Jan 23, 2012

Aman Makaju (BS ’11) heard about Mormons while—of all things—watching the irreverent cartoon South Park. Curious, he requested a Book of Mormon. One of the obliging missionaries had studied at BYU, which Makaju learned had “amazing” undergraduate research opportunities.


Read the article by Maddie Gearhear Nordgren, BYU Magazine

Photo by Jessica Henrie, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry


BYU Magazine, Winter 2012 issue. Used with permission.

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Students Rise Above the Rest at Nevada Conference

Posted: Oct 20, 2011

Chemistry undergraduate students Kyli McKay Bishop and Alisa Edmund were both selected to receive an award at the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS) conference October 3-7. Both students work in Dr. Paul Farnsworth’s lab doing analytical chemistry.

The conference, held this year in Reno, Nevada, “is an annual meeting that covers the whole of analytical chemistry with an emphasis on emerging technologies” and “has a proud tradition of bringing together leading ...

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Student Awarded Postdoctoral Fellowship

Posted: Oct 19, 2011

Only 17 applicants nationwide are selected to receive the Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Research Award and this year Jared Clark, a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is one of the seventeen.

“I am naturally very thrilled about being selected to receive this award,” Clark said via email. “I get to do what I've always been interested in doing.”

Thanks to the fellowship, Clark has already started working at the ...

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