Science Day 2019

Science Day at the U

The College of Science and the College of Mines and Earth Sciences at the University of Utah are pleased to announce the 31st Annual Science Day at the U, Saturday, November 2, 2019.

High school students (grades 9-12) from around the intermountain west are invited to attend a day of science-related workshops. These interactive workshops give high school students a great look at laboratory research and career opportunities in science, math and engineering.

Student Registration

Science Day registration is now closed. If you did not register and would like to attend, please come to the Union building at 8:30 am for a stand by seat.

All students under the age of 18 years of age must have a liability waiver to participate in Science Day. 

Science Day Schedule

  • 8:00 a.m.
    Student Check In: Union Lobby
  • 8:30 a.m.
    Academic Advice & Research Posters
  • 9:00 a.m.
    Welcome Reception: Union Ballroom
  • 9:45 a.m.
    Workshop I
  • 10:45 a.m.
    Workshop II
  • 11:45 a.m.
    Workshop III
  • 12:30 p.m.
    Lunch and Closing Activities, Union Ballroom
  • 12:30 p.m.
    Optional Parent/Teacher Workshop, Saltair Room, Union Building: Finding a University or College that is Right for My Student



Science Day would not be possible without our the dedication of our amazing group of volunteers. We are so grateful for your participation and support. Use the button below to sign up for volunteer shifts today.

Liability waiver

The University of Utah liability waiver form is REQUIRED to be completed by minor Participants (age 15-17) in order to participate in Science Day at the U. If you do not have a signed liability waiver YOU WILL NOT be allowed to participate in Science Day at the U. Please complete the liability waiver and return it via email to by Wednesday, October 31, 2019 at 5:00 pm (MDT). If you do not have your liability waiver submitted by October 31, 2019 bring the signed liability waiver with you to the Science Day Check-In table – late forms will not be accepted via email. Participants who are 18 years or older by November 2, 2019 are not required to complete the liability waiver.


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2019 Churchill Scholar

Cameron Owen of Boise, Idaho, a senior honors student majoring in chemistry and physics and minoring in mathematics, has received the prestigious Churchill Scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. He is one of only 15 students nationally to receive the award this year and is the fourth consecutive Churchill Scholar from the U.

“Cameron’s achievement is a testament to his scientific curiosity and diligence in his undergraduate research,” said Dan Reed, senior vice president for Academic Affairs. “A fourth Churchill Scholarship award in as many years demonstrates the value of undergraduate research and mentorship experiences at the U, and that our students are among the best and brightest in the world.”

The Churchill Scholarship, established in 1963 at the request of Winston Churchill, provides undergraduates with outstanding academic achievement in the science, technology, engineering and math fields the opportunity to complete a one-year master’s program at the University of Cambridge. Students go through a rigorous endorsement process in order to apply, but only after their home institution has been vetted with the Winston Churchill Foundation. The U was added to the foundation in 2014.

Owen, a recipient of a 2018 Barry Goldwater Scholarship, came out of high school with an interest in chemistry. He joined the lab of Peter Armentrout, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, after hearing about Armentrout’s research in his honors science cohort. While at the U, Owen has published his research and traveled twice to the Netherlands as part of the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates program.

Owen and Armentrout, in an ongoing collaborative effort with the Air Force Research Laboratory, are currently studying the activation of methane by metal atoms, particularly gold, in the gas phase. Methane activation, the process of breaking the carbon-hydrogen bond of methane, and subsequent functionalization could eventually be used to convert the enormous amounts of methane from natural and shale gas feedstocks into usable products like methanol or ethane. “I want the activation of methane into liquid fuels and other viable products to be environmentally beneficial and economically advantageous,” Owen said. “Current processes that activate methane are exorbitant in both time and energy.”

At Cambridge, Owen will explore how methane chemically attaches to the surfaces of certain metals. “My project will be purely theoretical,” he said. “But I’ll be able to apply what I’ve learned about certain metals that react with methane in the gas phase to potential catalysts of the future. You can extend those results to better understand the activation of other greenhouse gases in order to create more effective real-world catalysts.”

Owen is looking to continue his work in a doctoral program after his return from Cambridge.