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Achieving a degree in the College of Science can be challenging. Faculty and staff are here to help you succeed!

Below are some services that are intended to empower students to succeed in their course content and develop transferable skills to help them in their academic careers.

Top 5 tips from College of Science advisors:


1. Go to class – and participate.
Class attendance actually does affect your grade. Exams are sometimes based on lectures and not chapters of the book, so it is important to be present in class. Also, instructors will sometimes make important announcements during class pertaining to assignments and exams.

2. Learn how to take notes.
The Learning Center can help you improve on note-taking strategies. Develop good study habits by reviewing your notes often, and writing down questions you have to address with the instructor.

3. Utilize a planner or electronic calendar.
Time management is critical to becoming a successful student. Write down deadlines for items that involve classes, study time, campus activities, and work obligations. Here is the University of Utah’s Academic Calendar for important dates for registration, finals, etc.

4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help – and don’t wait until it’s too late.
Reach out to instructors, TAs, and LAs during their office hours to get help with assignments and other issues relating to the class. Make an appointment with an advisor, and utilize the tutoring resources below!

5. Don’t give up!
We know college can be hard, and life often throws additional challenges your way. You can do this, and we are here to help.

Student Resources

Forms and Tools

COS Advisors are here to help. Make an appointment for a virtual session.

A.A.U. Membership

UTAH JOINS THE A.A.U.


 

"It is difficult to overstate the importance of AAU Membership. This elevates the U to an exceptional category of peer institutions."
- Dean Peter Trapa

 

The University of Utah is one of the newest members of the prestigious Association of American Universities, which for more than 100 years has recognized the most outstanding academic institutions in the nation.

Mary Sue Coleman, president of the Association of American Universities (AAU), announced Wednesday that University of Utah President Ruth V. Watkins has accepted an invitation to join the association, along with the University of California, Santa Cruz and Dartmouth College. The three new members bring the number of AAU institutions to 65.

AAU invitations are infrequent; this year’s invitations are the first since 2012.

 

 

“AAU’s membership is limited to institutions at the forefront of scientific inquiry and educational excellence,” said Coleman. “These world-class institutions are a welcome addition, and we look forward to working with them as we continue to shape policy for higher education, science, and innovation.” - Mary Sue Coleman

 

About the AAU
The AAU formed in 1900 to promote and raise standards for university research and education. Today its mission is to “provide a forum for the development and implementation of institutional and national policies promoting strong programs of academic research and scholarship and undergraduate, graduate and professional education.”

A current list of member institutions can be found here. The membership criteria are based on a university’s research funding (the U reached a milestone of $547 million in research funding in FY2019); the proportion of faculty elected to the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine; the impact of research and scholarship; and student outcomes. The U has 21 National Academies members, with some elected to more than one academy.

An AAU committee periodically reviews universities and recommends them to the full association for membership, where a three-fourths vote is required to confirm the invitation.

Leaders of AAU member universities meet to discuss common challenges and future directions in higher education. The U’s leaders will now join those meetings, which include the leaders of all the top 10 and 56 of the top 100 universities in the United States.

 

“We already knew that the U was one of the jewels of Utah and of the Intermountain West. This invitation shows that we are one of the jewels of the entire nation.” - H. David Burton

 

U on the rise
In FY2019 the U celebrated a historic high of $547 million in sponsored project funding, covering a wide range of research activities. These prestigious awards from organizations such as the U.S. Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation are supporting work in geothermal energy, cross-cutting, interdisciplinary approaches to research that challenge existing paradigms and effects of cannabinoids on pain management.

They also are funding educational research programs with significant community engagement, such as the U’s STEM Ambassador Program and the Genetic Science Learning Center’s participation in the All of Us Research Program.

“AAU is a confirmation of the quality and caliber of our faculty and the innovative work they are doing to advance knowledge and address grand societal challenges. Our students and our community will be the ultimate beneficiaries of these endeavors. " - President Ruth Watkins

 

On Nov. 4, 2019, the U announced a $150 million gift, the largest single-project donation in its history, to establish the Huntsman Mental Health Institute. These gifts and awards are in addition to the ongoing support of the U from the Utah State Legislature.

This fall the university welcomed its most academically prepared class of first-year students. The freshman cohort includes 4,249 students boasting an impressive 3.66 average high school GPA and an average ACT composite score of 25.8. The incoming class also brings more diversity to campus with both a 54% increase in international students and more bilingual students than the previous year’s freshman class. Among our freshmen who are U.S. citizens, 30% are students of color.

The U’s focus on student success has led to an increased six-year graduation rate, which now sits at 70%—well above the national average for four-year schools. The rate has jumped 19 percentage points over the past decade, making it one of only two public higher education research institutions to achieve this success.

Scholarships, Grants & Financial Aid

SCHOLARSHIPS


The University of Utah and the College of Science have limited emergency funding for students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are in need of emergency funding, please apply through this link

 

The College of Science offers a number of scholarship opportunities for first-year, undergraduate and graduate students. All scholarship applications may be found through Academic Works, the University's scholarship application portal.

 

It is highly recommended that all students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to determine what state or federal aid for which you may be eligible, including work-study opportunities and grants.

First-year and transfer students must have an active Campus Information Services (CIS) account and University E-mail account (UMail) before applying for scholarships.

Have questions about scholarships and financial aid? Make an appointment with an advisor!

Financial Aid

University of Utah Financial Aid services for students.

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ACCESS Program

A path to STEM success for first year and transfer students.

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Goldwater Scholarship

Goldwater scholarships for freshmen, undergraduate and graduate students.

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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 first year 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. First year,  sophomore, 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.

 

 

SRI Research Streams

 

COVID-19

Biological Invaders

Neural Networks

Cellular Biology

Electrosynthetic Chemistry

 

>> Apply Now <<

 

SRI Spotlights


Explore the SRI

Deep dive into the new Science Research Initiative.

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2020 Research Scholar

Delaney Mosier receives top College of Science award.

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Goldwater Winner

Isaac Martin awarded prestigious Goldwater Scholarship.

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Goldwater Winner

Lydia Fries awarded prestigious Goldwater Scholarship.

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Ana Rosas

Medicine is a family tradition for the Rosas.

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Anna Vickery

Research assistant and doctoral candidate studying Pigeon Genetics.

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Bridget Phillips

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

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2019 Churchill Scholar

Cameron Owen - Chemistry and physics major and student researcher.

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2018 Churchill Scholar

Scott Neville - Mathematics major and student researcher.

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2017 Churchill Scholar

Michael Zhoa - Mathematics major and student researcher.

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Beckman Scholars

January 15, 2020 – The College of Science at the University of Utah is proud to bring the Beckman Scholars Program, supported by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, back to the Univerity of Utah!

The Beckman Scholars Program is a 15-month mentored research experience for exceptional undergraduate students in chemistry, biological sciences, or interdisciplinary combinations thereof.

This generous institutional award, provided by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation to the University of Utah College of Science, spans three years (2020 – 2023), and will enable the funded support of six scholar–faculty mentor pairs. Each internally selected scholar will receive a $21,000 research stipend to facilitate 15-months of mentored research (nine academic calendar months, two three-month summers), in addition to $5,000 provided for the mentor-directed research.

Eligibility: Prospective scholars must apply with one of fifteen internally selected UoU Beckman Scholars Program mentors. For participating faculty research mentors, see Figure 1 below.

In addition, a prospective scholar must:

  1. Be a full-time student with a minimum 3.5 GPA and a declared science major;
  2. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  3. Be a freshman, sophmore, or junior;
  4. Commit to a research project that will last two summer semesters and the the entire academic year in between.

Application Details: Please attend the 2020 information session. Prof. Ming Hammond and Prof. Andrew Roberts will provide a UoU Beckman Scholars Program overview and detail the application process. See Table 1 below for details and deadlines on the application and selection process.

Figure 1: These fifteen faculty members from the College of Science are eligible to serve as mentors for the Beckman Scholars Program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table 1. Activity timeline for UoU Beckman Scholar recruitment and selection

Phase Date Planned Activity (2020 – 2023, recurring annually)
I Information Session:
March 4, 2020
Information Session: Scholar recruitment and solicitation

Location: Crocker Science Center, Room #206

Time: 2:00-2:30 pm

II Solicitation:
March 4, 2020
Formal Program Solicitation: March 4, 2020

Application Deadline: April 17, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. MST, see application guidelines and submission information

III Application:
April 17, 2020
Application Deadline: April 17, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. MST, see application guidelines and submission information

Committee to review candidate applications

Committee to conduct selected candidate interviews

IV Selection:
May 1, 2020
Committee to select final candidates (May 1, 2020)

Formal disclosure of two UoU Beckman Scholars (May 15, 2020)

V Scholars Begin:
June 2020
UoU Beckman Scholars initiate independent research projects

 

Additional details about the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation and the Beckman Scholars Program can be found here:

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Mission Philosophy

The Beckman Scholars Program

 

Quaid Harding

From beekeeping to biology, Quaid Harding is looking for a buzz.

Name: Quaid Harding
Major: Biology
Year: Senior
Hometown: Garner, North Carolina

Interests: President of Beekeeping Association, I also like tennis, and billiards

Prior experience with bees?
Before joining the club I didn’t have any experience with bees.

How did you get into beekeeping?
Beekeeping has always been a topic that I was interested in but it wasn't until transferring to the U that I had the opportunity to work with the club and quickly fell in love.

Tell us about the Beekeeping Club.
We have 149 members, 6 Hives, and more than 300,000 bees.

Tell us something most people don’t know about bees.
Not all bees make honey. In fact most do not make honey or even live in a colony.

Tell us about the Pollination Garden.
I wanted to bring more pollinators to campus so I came up with the idea to add a pollinator garden to a landscaping project that was already underway. I had a vision and found a team to help me bring that vision to life.

How has your extracurricular involvement helped your professional skills.
It has helped me get plenty of practice with grant writing, leading a group, facilitating meetings, building interest, networking, and my favorite learning how to care for the bees and even get honey along the way.

To find out more about the University of Utah Beekeeping Club visit https://bit.ly/30xyIVp.