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Public Outreach Programs

The College of Science presents free public outreach events year-round to serve the university community and the general public. Our goal is to increase public awareness of scientific research and development happening at the U.

Science Day at the U

Utah and Idaho high school students are invited to campus each fall to attend a day of science-related workshops with science professors and academic advice.  This annual event is absolutely free to students, parents and educators.  Lunch is provided.

November 4, 2017
A. Ray Olpin Student Union (200 Central Campus Drive)
8:00 am - 1:30 pm


Frontiers of Science

The Frontiers lecture series features eminent scientists and researchers from across the country who are exploring the latest frontiers in their fields.  All lectures are free and open to the public, although tickets are required and seating is limited.

September 28, 2017
Speaker:   Luise Poulton, Managing Curator, Rare Books, Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah
Partnering with College of Mines and Earth Sciences
Aline Skaggs Buidling (ASB) 220
6:00 pm

November 9, 2017
Speaker:  Frank R. McAllister, Sustainability and Mining Advocate 
Partnering with College of Mines and Earth Sciences
Aline Skaggs Buidling (ASB) 220
6:00 pm

December 7, 2017
Speaker:  Dr. Robert Hazen, Senior Staff Scientist at the Carnegie Institution’s Geophysical Laboratory & Clarence Robinson Professor of Earth Science at George Mason University
Partnering with College of Mines and Earth Sciences
Aline Skaggs Buidling (ASB) 220
6:00 pm

February 1, 2018
Speaker:  TBD
Partnering with College of Mines and Earth Sciences
Aline Skaggs Buidling (ASB) 220
6:00 pm

March 8, 2018
Speaker:  Dr. Blythe McCarthy, Andrew W. Mellon Senior Scientist, Department of Conservation and Scientific Research of Freer & Sackler. The Smithsonian’s Museums of Asian Art 
Partnering with College of Mines and Earth Sciences
Aline Skaggs Buidling (ASB) 220
6:00 pm

April 12, 2018
Speaker:  Ryan J. Watts, PhD, CEO, Denali Therapeutics
Partnering with College of Mines and Earth Sciences
Aline Skaggs Buidling (ASB) 220
6:00 pm


Science Employer Panel

The Science Employer Panel brings students and professionals together for an in-depth discussion of the job prospects and internship opportunities available to science graduates.  Students get direct access to insider information about a variety of science industries, while panelists get a chance to meet their future employees and share about why their business is a great place to work.  Connections made at the Science Employer Panel start new careers, and help drive Utah’s economic engine.

October 17, 2017
Aline Skaggs Buidling (ASB) 210
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

February 22, 2018 
Crocker Science Center
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Science Night Live

Science Night Live offers a casual yet engaging social and educational event in downtown Salt Lake City.  Social hour begins at 5:30 pm followed by a brief presentation from a faculty member pursuing cutting-edge research in their field.

September 20, 2017
Speaker:  Assistant Professor Sarah Li  Physics & Astronomy
Sky Lounge
5:30 pm

November 8, 2017 
Speaker:  Assistant Professor Luisa Whittaker-Brooks – Chemistry
Sky Lounge
5:30 pm

January 31, 2018 
Speaker:  Assistant Professor Sean Lawley  Mathematics
Sky Lounge
5:30 pm

April 4, 2018 
Speaker:  Assistant Professor Sophie Caron  Biology
Sky Lounge
5:30 pm


Science at Breakfast

Science at Breakfast lecture series introduces leading faculty and research topics in the College of Science to business, community and government leaders.  Note:  By invitation only.

September 14, 2017
Speaker:  Assistant Professor Nitin Phadnis  Biology
7:00 am

November 16, 2017
Speaker:  Associate Professor Jordan Gerton  Physics & Astronomy
7:00 am

February 8, 2018
Speaker:  Professor Jon Rainier  Chemistry
7:00 am

March 14, 2018
Speaker:  Assistant Professor Braxton Osting  Mathematics
7:00 am


Index of Lectures

Past Frontiers of Science and Science at Breakfast lectures are available to be viewed and/or downloaded online.

Last Updated: 10/11/17