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Convocation Speakers

Convocation speaker

The Convocation speaker will be announced soon!

Student speaker

The College of Science is pleased to have the opportunity for one of our graduates speak at Convocation to represent their experience and deliver an inspiring message to all students in attendance.  All undergraduate students graduating in Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020 are invited to submit a written speech to be considered for the 2020 Convocation Student Speaker.

Here are some guidelines for a successful submission:

  • Your speech should be around 3 – 4 minutes (500-700 words).
  • Have a clear story, theme, or message.
  • Talk about your future and how your experience in the College of Science helped to shape it.
  • Be authentic and positive.
  • You must be comfortable speaking in front of several thousand people during the College of Science Convocation on Thursday, April 30 at 9 am at the Huntsman Arena.

Please submit your speech by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18. Speech submissions should contain your full name, UNID, and major.

Students chosen to audition with the College of Science convocation committee will be contacted to arrange a time during the week of March 23-27. The committee will then choose the winning speaker and notify them by April 1. If you have any questions, please email us.

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Student FAQ

Student FAQ

Convocation is an opportunity to celebrate your academic accomplishments with your peers, family, friends, and College of Science community. This page contains useful information for graduation day.

Convocation Procedure
  • All candidates for degrees will line up outside the Huntsman Event Center beginning at 7:30 a.m. Although convocation does not begin until 9:00 am, students will begin marching in at 8:10 am.
  • A reader card will be given to you when you arrive at convocation. Printing legibly, fill out ALL sections of the card (front & back) and bring it with you to the reader table. These cards are to provide your information to the faculty announcing the student names.  They also assist the professional photographer in the process of identifying student photos for those who wish to purchase pictures.
  • Graduates will file into Huntsman Arena and be directed by the ushers to your seats.
  • During the awarding of diploma cover, you will be directed to a reader table where you will hand the reader your card. As your name is read, walk to the Dean’s reception line, where your photograph will be taken.
  • You will then return to the seating area to await the processional out of Huntsman.
  •  All graduates are required to wear the appropriate cap and gown during Convocation. Ribbons or cords may be attached to the robe to denote membership in an officially recognized academic organization or honor society when membership is by nomination and/or election.
  • Regalia may be ordered through the Campus Store.
  • Graduation photographs may be ordered through Island Photography. You are not obligated to purchase these photographs.
  • Family and friends may take pictures as long as they do not disrupt the ceremony.

Island Photography preorder

  • Diplomas are mailed to graduates from the Office of the Registrar within three months of graduation.
  • If your address, phone number, and/or email address change, update your information immediately in the Campus Information System (CIS). The Registrar will use the most recent address listed in CIS when mailing your diploma.

All graduates and their guests are invited to a reception at the Crocker Science Center, directly after graduation. It is recommended that cars remain parked, as there is very limited parking by the Crocker Science Center. Guests may take campus shuttles from the Huntsman Center to Crocker, or take TRAX west one stop to the Rice Eccles station. It is a short walk from the TRAX station to the Crocker Science Center. Please email if you need parking accommodations close to the Crocker Science Center.

PhD Candidates

The College of Science allows faculty to hood their Ph.D. candidates during the diploma presentation of the convocation ceremony. In order to assure that this process proceeds smoothly, please read these instructions carefully:

Step 1: After the Ph.D. candidate’s name has been read, s/he proceeds to the dean’s reception line to receive the diploma. The hood should be draped over the left arm. Please be sure that the hood is unbuttoned so that it will fit over the graduation cap.

Step 2: As the candidate approaches the dean, the faculty advisor or department chair (if the advisor is not present) will step forward and stand on the candidate’s left side. The dean will be on the candidate’s right side. The dean will give the diploma cover to the candidate, and the candidate should hand the hood to the dean.

Step 3: The dean and the faculty/chair will each take one side of the hood and lower the hood over the candidate’s head from the rear.

Step 4: The candidate shakes hands with the faculty/chair and the dean, and smiles for the photo.

Guest FAQ

The College of Science looks forward to welcoming the family and friends of our graduates. Family members are advised to arrive at the Huntsman Center by 8:15 am.


Campus parking lots may be used at no charge during Convocation. Families are encouraged to drop off elderly guests and those who cannot walk long distances in the Jon M. Huntsman Center circle before parking their cars. The closest parking to the Jon M. Huntsman Center is directly south in the LDS Institute lot.

There will be no parking at the Rice Eccles Stadium lot during Convocation and Commencement ceremonies.

For information regarding guest parking, accessible parking, shuttles, and other transportation related information, please visit the Parking Page.

bag check

The Huntsman Center enforces a clear bag policy. Guests may bring in one clear bag no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches or a one (1) gallon storage bag. 

If you do not have a clear bag, any belongings brought into Huntsman Center, including diaper bags, will be searched.


There is open seating for Convocation guests. Please arrive early to ensure a good seat for the ceremony.

Special seating/accomodations

Guests needing ADA access to the Huntsman Center have 2 options: They may have someone drop them off directly in front of the Huntsman center on the circle (accessed from Westbound South Campus Drive only) and then the driver can park at the stadium lot and take the shuttle or TRAX back OR they may park in the stadium lot and ride a campus shuttle to the Huntsman Center. All the shuttles will be lift equipped.


Official graduation photographs may be ordered through Island Photography. The graduate will receive information from Island Photography on ordering prints.

Family and friends may take pictures as long as they do not disrupt the ceremony. No one is allowed to take photographs in front of the main stage or the Island Photography staging area.

For additional information, check out the University commencement page here.

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Safety Resources

The University is currently operating in the Orange Phase. Research activities allowable under the orange phase can be found here.


College of Science U5k

Join College of Science alumni, faculty, students, and staff in the annual Homecoming 5k - virtual edition!

Join us for the annual U5K to support student scholarships. This year, the event is wherever you are—we’re going virtual! Run or walk our suggested routes, or create your own. All participants will receive a packet including a U5K 2020 bib, shirt, and finisher’s medal. This year's event may look a little different, but we're excited to celebrate with U fans across the country and support deserving students through U Alumni scholarship programs.

Learn more about the importance of this event and get training tips from an alum who ran her first 5K during Homecoming 2019—check out this U5K feature in University of Utah Magazine!

When  |  Oct. 3–17 (run your 5K and submit your results anytime during these dates)

Where  |  Anywhere

Cost  |  $30* for adults/kids, $25* for U students

Registration  |  Register here!

Strava Team  |  Join the COS Team on Strava!

*Save $5 if you opt to pick up your packet on campus

Stay safe while celebrating Homecoming 2020! To help decrease the potential spread of COVID-19, we recommend wearing a mask and maintaining social distance while participating in this event.

Need a route suggestion? Show us your Science route!

This year, you are invited to run this special College of Science route on campus. Hopefully, you recognize this as the universal Pi shape - but if you can do better, let us see it! Tag #uofu_cos_5k on social media!

Please be aware that this route is affected by the security perimeter for the VP Debate. The full route should be available after October 9.

Beckman Application

Beckman Scholars Application

Application deadline: March 31, 2021, at 6pm MST.

Required from Applicant

  • Research Interest and Eligibility Form: The form will ask for declared major (biology, biochemistry, or chemistry), U.S. citizen or permanent resident status, selected BSP faculty mentor from the list of approved mentors, research area, and career goal statement. Students should also have a minimum 3.5 GPA and be ready to commit to a research project that will last two summer semesters and the entire academic year in between. As such, applicants currently need to be a freshman, sophomore, or junior.
  • In Addition: The applicant must send the following information in a single combined PDF using the filename [last name of application]_BSP2021 to
    • Curriculum Vitae (2 pages maximum): The CV should include research and work experiences, awards, extracurricular activities.
    • Unofficial Copy of Applicant’s Academic Transcript: Academic information must include full-time student status and coursework.
    • Research Proposal: NSF fellowship format research proposal (2 pages).
    • Short Essay: Students will be given “The Legacy of Arnold O. Beckman” (page 9 of Terms and Conditions) to read and asked to write a 250-word essay explaining which one of Dr. Beckman’s rules they would embody as a UoU Beckman Scholar.

Required from Mentor

  • Letter(s) of Support: One letter is required from a person that can assess the student’s potential for independent research (research mentor); an additional letter is optional. Mentors should submit the letter(s) of support as a PDF to

Upon Award

  • Scholar and Mentor Contracts: If awarded, the scholar commits to performing research during the full duration of the award, to attend the Beckman Symposium in each of the two summers, and to present at the Utah summer undergraduate research symposium in each of the two summers; the selected BSP faculty mentor will sign to verify acceptance of the responsibilities of training and tailoring their Scholar Mentorship Plan to the scholar, if accepted into the program.



Crocker Science Center

Crocker Science Center

The University of Utah dedicated its new Gary and Ann Crocker Science Center (CSC) in 2018. Led by a $10 million donation from Gary and Ann Crocker, the U completely renovated the 83-year-old George Thomas Building on Presidents Circle. The CSC was originally a library for the U, before becoming the home of the Natural History Museum of Utah from 1968-2011. The CSC is the heart of the College of Science, housing research, teaching, and support for the College.

During the groundbreaking, former dean Henry White stated, “This modern science hub is ready to serve new generations of students, faculty and staff at the University of Utah. We are extremely grateful for Gary and Ann’s pioneering support for this building to become a world-class science education and research center on campus.”

Research in the CSC draws faculty and students from all four departments in the College – Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics & Astronomy – to study the basic machinery of living cells. In addition to a fully equipped, world-class biotechnology incubator, the newly renovated Crocker Science Center houses two large lecture halls, teaching laboratories, classrooms, and a host of research programs from the U.‘s College of Science.

The rooms are designed with glass walls to serve as a living exhibit of modern science and thus to encourage public viewing and visual participation. Two Creek Coffee is also found on the second floor, and is very popular with the COS to grab a cup of coffee and snacks before heading to class or finding a quiet space/classroom to study. 

The CSC is also home to the Henry Eyring Center for Cell and Genome Science, the U.’s Center for Science and Math Education, and the COS Dean's office and staff.


  • During renovations to make the Crocker Science Center, workers found human skeletal remains. Scientists determined that these were most likely artifacts of the University of Utah School of Medicine between 1905 and 1920. The bones recovered during this project were donated to the Department of Anthropology to be used as part of their human osteology teaching collection.
  • The structure in the atrium is called “Life of Tree” and was designed by Bill Washabaugh. He says,  “it was inspired by the biological Tree of Life which highlights the underlying connection between the parts of our natural world. It is the link between patterns across seemingly disparate disciples.” It depicts a Pinyon Pine Tree reflected in water, hence the upside down nature of the sculpture. This reflection also symbolizes the metaphor that all scientific theories are a reflection of the underlying reality. In addition, the kinetic “Life of Tree” is solar powered much like a real tree.
  • Throughout the building, numerous areas of exposed structure are labeled with placards and diagrams—serving as in situ learning exhibits for students to discover more about the art and science of structural engineering.
  • A newly acquired $5.9 million high-resolution cryo-transmission electron microscope (cryo-TEM) was installed in December 2017 and is one focal point of research instrumentation in the building. The cryo-TEM will allow researchers to observe and construct images of three-dimensional structures of important biomolecules with atomic resolution, providing insights into their biological functions in humans.
  • The dinosaur heads in the Ririe Room are a nod to its history as the former Utah Museum of Natural History.


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Discover Magazine

Discover Magazine is the Research Report for the College of Science at the University of Utah.

This issue explores the Science Research Initiative, CRISPR gene editing, electrochemistry, commutative algebra, physics education research, the Association of American Universities, and the US News College Rankings.

If you would like to recieve a copy of Notebook or Discover Magazine please email