Accessibility Menu
Press ctrl + / to access this menu.


science now: bringing world-class research to your Utah high school



SCIENCE NOW brings high school physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics curriculum to life through a customized online platform

Students get an insider’s look at research at the University of Utah College of Science and an opportunity to indulge their curiosity about the natural world, innovation, and the future of science by engaging with elite researchers and scholars. SCIENCE NOW is a College of Science program that is delivered online, using asynchronous and synchronous tools.



Audience: We recommend SCIENCE NOW for students in grades 9-12 who are enrolled in physics, mathematics, biology, and/or chemistry (Honors and Advance Placement). Parents, faculty, administrators, and advisors are also invited.

Our scientists: 4 research scholars: 3 scientists (a biologist, chemist, and physicist or astronomer) and a mathematician. The scholars selected for this event are exceptional communicators and educators, highly relatable, and engaged in research that is newsworthy and accessible to a general audience.


How it works: SCIENCE NOW is delivered virtually, using asynchronous and synchronous tools

On the SCIENCE NOW webpages, your students will be introduced to our researchers through research scholar profiles, which will include:

  • Mainstream news features
  • Video lab tours
  • and more!

Assessment options:

Here are a few ideas for assessing your student’s engagement with our elite research scientists:

  • Students/classes review profiles for a research scholar(s) in advance of the live meeting and develop thoughtful questions to post to the discussion board (website) and/or to pose during the synchronous Zoom Live meeting with the scientist.
  • Pending teacher needs, the College of Science will provide 3-5 multiple choice questions, writing prompts, and/or extension activities for each research scholar. A Google Form will be sent out ahead of the event to collect interest in these tools.

(Note: SCIENCE NOW will create and provide assessment tools if needed)


Students will see the following learning outcomes:

  • Better understand the nature of research in the sciences
  • Recognize the interdisciplinary nature, of scientific discovery and innovation in STEM
  • Make connections between the high school curriculum and contemporary research
  • Get a sneak peek at career and academic opportunities available to students who major in science or math



Science Fridays

Join us for tours of the College of Science campus.

Read More
Why Science?

Connecting students with the vast opportunities that science and mathematics unlock.

Read More
Scholarships, Grants & Financial Aid

Scholarships for first-year, undergraduate and graduate students.

Read More
Science Research Initiative

Placing first year students in real science research.

Read More

Science Fridays

A.A.U. Membership

College Rankings

Student Wellness

ACCESS Program

Crocker Science House



Faculty Profiles

Faculty Profiles

Meet Your Mentors.




Ming Hammond, Chemistry

My first experience in a research lab came from meeting my undergraduate advisor, professor Barbara Imperiali, as a freshman. I worked in her lab every semester and summer for three years, so I feel like I got my 10,000 hours in early on.

I learned a lot of things in the lab before taking the classes. It really motivated me academically. I wanted to learn and understand more about what I was doing in the lab.




Shanti-Deemyad, Physics

Shanti Deemyad, an Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, recently helped solve a long-standing mystery about lithium, the first element in the periodic table that is metallic at ambient conditions. Lithium, which is a key element in electronics and battery technology, has played an important role in the development of modern condensed matter theories.

The crystal structure of materials at zero pressure and temperature is one of their most basic properties. Until now, it was thought that a complex arrangement of lithium atoms, observed during cooling in the laboratory, was its lowest energy state. But the idea baffled theoretical physicists since lithium has only three electrons and therefore should have a simple atomic structure.



Kelly MacArthur, Mathematics

My teaching took a turn about five years ago. I went through a fairly traumatic experience. That helped me realize how important it is to have humane, kind classrooms. If we don’t intentionally build the kind of culture we want in a classroom, then we unintentionally build a culture.

I’m really concerned about equity in mathematics, and I don’t know any better way to make it more equitable than to try to make it more humane for everyone.



Jamie Gagnon, Biology

A Vermont native, Gagnon arrived at the University of Utah in January 2018 from Harvard. Previous to that he earned a PhD from Brown University and a BS from Worcester Polytechnic west of Boston.

In Utah Gagnon went from post-doc to principal investigator and Assistant Professor of Biology. In his lab at the Center for Cell and Genome Science, Gagnon curates 10,000 fish in 1,000 controlled tanks carefully labeled for experiments.




Joel Harris, Chemistry

To countless undergraduates and former TAs, Joel is well known as a lab rat. He is best known for a hands-on approach to undergraduate laboratory courses, in which students work on independent projects, asking scientific questions of their own choosing, exploring the literature to identify the best methods of analysis, and conducting experiments to solve real-world problems.

Joel works one-on-one with the students in Chemistry 3000 in their exploration of what’s in the world around us, leading to a capstone signature experience for our undergraduate students. This course is considered as one of the most challenging in our undergraduate curriculum.




Pearl Sandick, Physics

Pearl earned her PhD in Physics from the University of Minnesota and served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Weinberg Theory Group at the University of Texas at Austin before joining the University of Utah in 2011.

Pearl currently serves as an Associate Dean of the College of Science. Her research interests are in particle physics including possible explanations for the dark matter in the universe.



Sean Lawley, Mathematics

Sean Lawley, assistant professor of mathematics at the U, believes the most interesting math often comes from trying to explain phenomena in other fields. For example, if you’re seeking an answer to a question about biology, physics, or economics, the answer often leads to new and interesting mathematical theories.

“Historically, much of the inspiration for mathematics has come from physics,” said Lawley, “but biology is increasingly a driving force that is pushing the frontiers of math.”