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Discover Magazine 2019

Dean’s Message

Dear Alumni, Friends, & Colleagues.

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College Rankings

U.S. News & World Report University Rankings.

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Explore the SRI

Deep dive into the new Science Research Initiative.

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Running with Scissors

In gene-targeting, CRISPR makes a really good pair of "scissors".

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Henry S. White - A positive force in Electrochemistry.

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Commutative Algebra

Can commutative algebra help us solve real-world problems?

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Alumni Panel

Distinguished science alumni share their experiences.

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McKay Hyde, BS’97

Equities Engineering for the New York office of Goldman Sachs.

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Crimson Legacy

Learn about planned giving opportunities.

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Engaging STEM Students

How can we make STEM education more inclusive and effective?

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A.A.U. Membership

Utah has joined the prestigious Association of American Universities.

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Research Funding

Research funding passes $540 million for 2019.

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Winter Update

Crimson Laureate Society updates from December 2019.

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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.

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Science Research Initiative

Learn By doing

Interested in Science and Mathematics? Want to learn how to do research and become a scientist? Seeking to connect with exciting career opportunities as a freshman or transfer student?  This is what the Science Research Initiative (SRI) is all about.

SRI offers every incoming College of Science student the opportunity to participate in discovery-based scientific research. Freshmen,  sophomores, and transfer students tackle cutting-edge problems in dedicated research streams sponsored by local industries.

Step into the unknown to tackle big, open-ended questions. Learn by doing.  Experience the excitement of Science and Mathematics.  Click on the link below to request more information.






Explore the SRI

Deep dive into the new Science Research Initiative.

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Bridget Phillips

College of Science's Ambassador and sophomore biology student in the Shapiro Lab.

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Anna Vickery

Research assistant and doctoral candidate studying Pigeon Genetics.

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2019 Churchill Scholar

Cameron Owen, a senior chemistry & physics major in the Armentrout Research Lab.

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2016 Churchill Scholar

Mackenzie Simper, mathematics major and research student with Professor Tom Alberts.

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>> Research Streams <<



Scholarships & Aid


The College of Science offers a number of scholarship opportunities for incoming freshmen, undergraduate and graduate students. The application deadline is March 1, 2020.

Financial Aid

University of Utah Financial Aid.

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CoS Scholarships for New Students

Scholarships for new students - APPLY NOW

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ACCESS Program


Apply Now!
CoS Scholarships for Current Students

Scholarships for current students - APPLY NOW

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Goldwater Scholarship

Scholarships for freshmen, undergraduate and graduate students. Apply in November.

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Before you apply

  • First apply to the University of Utah Office of Admissions to be eligible for College of Science scholarships.
  • Create a Campus Information Services (CIS) account using your University ID (uNID) and password.
  • Activate your University E-mail account (U Mail) using your uNID and your new password.
  • When both accounts are activated you can apply for College of Science Scholarships.
  • For more info contact the College of Science at 801-587-8978 or
  • Current University of Utah students must provide a signed Permission to Release Waiver to each academic or research professor asked to write a letter of recommendation.
  • High school students are NOT required to provide a permission to release waiver unless requesting a letter from a University professor.

Dean’s Message

Dean's Message

Frontiers of Science

Science has a long and sweeping legacy at the University of Utah, helping to drive many of the U’s most significant advances. The University’s first Ph.D. was awarded to Jim Sugihara in Chemistry, who studied under the legendary Henry Eyring. Eyring, the inaugural Dean of the Graduate School, turned his administrative offices in the Park Building into a laboratory where he educated generations of scientists. Among them was Peter Gibbs, who went on to chair the Physics & Astronomy Department and established the longest-running lecture series on campus; Frontiers of Science. The series featured 30 Nobel laureates, including Mario Cappechi, who originally joined the U as a faculty member in the Department of Biology. Elsewhere in the College, graduates from Physics and Mathematics, like Alan Ashton (co-founder of WordPerfect), Ed Catmull (co-founder of Pixar), and John Warnock (co-founder of Adobe), went on to pioneering developments in the nascent field of computer science.

Association of American Universities

This spirit of excellence is alive and well today. The College’s research prominence helped propel the U to ever greater heights, including the University’s recently announced membership in the prestigious Association American of Universities. AAU invitations are infrequent: this year’s invitations are the first since 2012. Membership elevates the University to an exceptional category of 64 peer institutions of the highest research caliber. This recognition is supported by a rising tide of faculty and student achievement in the College of Science, from faculty membership in the National Academies to the most competitive students awards (including a string of four consecutive Churchill Scholars).

Science Research Initiative

Our passion for knowledge extends from the lab into the classroom. Never content to accept the status quo, we are working to innovatively intertwine our research and education missions. The Science Research Initiative (SRI) will, over time, give every incoming College of Science student the opportunity to participate in discovery-based research in state-of-the-art space on the third floor of the Crocker Science Center. The program will help develop high-demand skills in our students, preparing them for exciting careers in the fastest-growing segments of today’s STEM economy.

As we continue to build on the College’s legacy, it is an exciting time for the remarkable students we serve, the dedicated faculty in our ranks, and the accomplished alumni that enhance our reputation nationwide. Extraordinary things are happening at the College of Science. Thank you for being part of our journey.


Peter TrapaDean, College of Science


 - First Published in Discover Magazine, Fall 2019