Scholarships, Grants & Financial Aid

College of Science Scholarship Opportunities


The College of Science offers a number of scholarship opportunities for incoming, undergraduate and graduate students. Scholarship applications may be found through Academic Works, the University's scholarship application portal. Complete the University General Application then you will see the Science scholarship opportunities.

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.

GRADUATE STUDENT EMERGENCY SCHOLARSHIP

The College of Science Graduate Student Emergency fund can provide financial support when an
unexpected event creates immediate financial hardship. If funds are granted, they do not have to be
repaid.

  • Typical awards made through this program are limited to be between $500 and $2500
  • This program is subject to the availability of funds.
  • If you are receiving financial aid, please contact the financial aid office to see how such an award
    might impact your financial aid.

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Incoming Student Opportunities

Scholarship applications are closed for the 2022-23 Academic Year.

Applications will open January 2023.

 


Current Student Opportunities

Scholarship applications are closed for the 2022-23 Academic Year.

Applications will open January 2023.

Questions

Questions about scholarships and financial aid? Make an appointment with a financial aid counselor!

If you have questions about a specific College of Science opportunity, please email office@science.utah.edu.

Departmental Scholarship Opportunities


Office of Nationally competitive scholarships


The Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships maintains a list of highly prestigious scholarship opportunities. Applications for these opportunities are maintained by this university department.

Explore the SRI

At many universities undergraduates have the opportunity to engage in scientific research only in their junior or senior years. Yet successful scientists all have the same core attributes—curiosity, communication skills and a willingness to learn interdisciplinary techniques— traits that many students already possess as first year students. In 2020, College of Science will give hundreds of undergraduates the opportunity to contribute to real research projects the year that they step onto campus.

The Science Research Initiative (SRI) is a team-based program that will connect students to discovery-based research early in their education to gain valuable scientific skills. The vision is to provide an opportunity to do research for any incoming student in the College of Science. Additionally, the cohort model makes research opportunities more equitable for students from all backgrounds.

The initiative is self-sustaining by design with experienced students tasked with training incoming first year students—a model that could allow hundreds of students to contribute to a principal investigator’s research for decades. The initiative has support from the university, the state, and industry partners who see the benefit of producing students who are ready to thrive in Utah’s STEM workforce.

“Research opportunities for undergraduates are transformative experiences. The problem that the college has historically faced is that there are many more science majors than there are openings in faculty research laboratories. The SRI solves that problem by scaling up the model of one-on-one faculty mentorship in the framework of vertically integrated research streams,” said Peter Trapa, Dean of the College of Science.

The SRI aims to give 500 undergraduates per year the opportunity to contribute to scientific discoveries, just like Bridget Phillips, a Crocker Science House Scholar and sophomore biology major with a math minor, had this summer.

Phillips was working in biologist Mike Shapiro’s Pigeon Genetics Lab writing code for a project looking for genes that determine the birds’ eye color. She was mining mountains of data searching for a quantitative trait locus (QTL) peak.

She was comparing the genotypes of two groups of pigeons with different eye colors. Because pigeons breeds are the same species, their genetics should look identical except for the gene locus underpinning eye color.

“I got a QTL peak that showed where the gene might be,” she said, smiling. “It was nice. I impressed the postdocs.”

Phillips has been working in Shapiro’s lab since her freshman year. She is an alum of ACCESS, a program where rising freshman in STEM disciplines join a cohort of like-minded undergrads ahead of their first semester in college. ACCESS facilitated her placement in the lab where she found her passion—coding and genetics, two things she never knew existed in a one career.

“Starting in a lab as a freshman is so useful, but the fear is that you don’t know what you’re doing. But you learn the skills really quickly,” Phillips said. “The earlier you can start, the better. If you find out your freshman year that you don’t like research, that’s good to know. If you like research, like I do, then you know what to aim for.”

The college based the SRI on a similar program at the University of Texas-Austin that impressed Henry White, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and former dean of the college who championed the initiative during his tenure. Since starting the program 20 years ago, UT-Austin has increased enrollment and improved student success, particularly among those from underrepresented groups in STEM fields.

“Students from families who’ve been going to college for generations come to campus recognizing that research opportunities are just as important as the classes themselves,” said White. “This program is meant to promote students who haven’t had the opportunity to be involved in research. We hope to introduce underrepresented, first-generation students to research opportunities, enriching their experience at the U.”

During the first semester, a cohort of students will take a research course to learn basic lab techniques that will replace a traditional prerequisite class. The second semester, the students begin work in a lab led by a principal investigator. They continue the research for their third and fourth semesters, and train an incoming cohort to create a “steady-state” model. During their third year, the students can do an internship or work on an individual project that resembles a more traditional undergraduate lab experience. The college aims to have different streams of research in data science, molecular biology and many disciplines across the College of Science.

In January 2020, a small pilot cohort began the SRI journey. White, Shelley Minteer, professor of chemistry, Markus Babst, professor of biology, and Braxton Osting, professor of mathematics, have committed to developing initial projects. The goal is to eventually have 500 freshmen, sophomores and transfer students participate every year.

SRI brings benefits beyond campus. Others outside the university see benefits beyond student success. Funding has come from many sources, including corporate, foundation and individual gifts and workforce development funds from the Utah State Legislature. ARUP Laboratories, a national pathology lab, research facility and a nonprofit enterprise of the University of Utah, and BioFire, a medical diagnostics company, are sponsoring SRI because they view the partnership as mutually beneficial.

“We are constantly looking for well-qualified people to work in labs. It’s a career that’s understaffed—graduates have no problem finding a job, but there’s not a good awareness of this as a possible career path,” said Sherrie Perkins, CEO of ARUP Laboratories and professor of pathology at the U School of Medicine. “We’re so pleased to be a part of this exciting new program and to continue the pipeline of excellent students coming out of the university that we employ.”

Research opportunities indeed open many doors, agreed Rachel Cantrell, a senior chemistry major and Goldwater Scholarship recipient. Also an ACCESS alum, Cantrell has worked in Ryan Looper’s organic synthesis lab since her freshman year. At the time, she thought she wanted to be a pharmacist. Instead, she fell in love with research.

She is developing a scaffold for new antibiotic candidates, a crucial field of inquiry as bacteria are constantly building resistance to current antibiotics. Cantrell’s molecule is modeled after a natural product that kills both bacteria and human cells. Her project focuses on modifying the molecule so that it will only kill the bacteria and leave human cells alone. She plans to pursue a PhD after graduating this year. Beyond the research, the community and networking aspects of ACCESS made a big impact on her life.

“I met a lot of great people there that I’m still friends with. I got to meet faculty and was selected for a scholarship to study in Germany—the community aspect was huge,” she said. To undergrads thinking about whether they want to work in a lab, Cantrell has this advice, “You have to give it a chance. I worked as a pharmacy technician for a while, but I loved being in the lab more. Check out what you like. It can open some huge doors.” The new SRI aims to do just that.

 

 

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Academic Resources

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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.

Science Ambassadors

science ambassadors


Our College of Science Ambassadors are a group of University of Utah students who are passionate about science and their education. Ambassadors are leaders in our college and help with a wide variety of events, the recruitment of new students, and keeping current students engaged and excited about science.

What the Ambassadors Do


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Stay up to date on everything the ambassadors are up to, like events and activities!

Meet Our Current Ambassadors


Click on the photos below to learn more about each of our Science Ambassadors!

You can reach out to them via email to ask questions or to schedule a one-on-one meeting with them. They can talk to you about:

  • Choosing a major or minor
  • Getting into research
  • Gaining leadership experiences
  • Succeeding in classes
  • Finding your community on campus
  • and much more!

Please don't hesitate to reach out to one of our Student Ambassadors. They are here for you!

Aasutosh

Physics │ he/him

Aasutosh

Physics │ he/him
My name is Aasutosh Acharya. I am a second-year Physics major with Biomedical Physics as my emphasis. I am also on a pre-med track at the moment. After my undergraduate degree, I hope to attend medical school. I am not sure what my future will look like exactly, but let's just say I am fascinated by surgery. Outside school, I love to go on a hike, play hide and seek with my dog (I haven't won once), and just enjoy nature. If you see me walking around campus, or running I should say, because I am always late for class, come and say hi.
 u1236253@utah.edu

Alley

Biochemistry │ she/her

Alley

Biochemistry │ she/her
Hi friends!! My name is Alex Lockrey, but most people just call me Alley. I am an out-of-state student from California. I am in my Junior year at the University of Utah studying Biochemistry with hopes of going to Medical School someday. I am minoring in Pediatric research. I have enjoyed many activities so far at the U, but a few of my favorites include cancer research up at the Huntsman, Student-lead STEM tutoring, and intramural volleyball. In my free time, I enjoy snowboarding, skiing, fishing, camping, hiking, and spending time with friends.
 u1310345@utah.edu

Brian C.

Biology │ he/him

Brian C.

Biology │ he/him
Hello! My name is Brian and I'm from southern California. I'm currently majoring in Biology with an Anatomy emphasis and a Chemistry minor with dreams of going to medical school and becoming a cardiothoracic surgeon. Currently, I work as a restaurant server a couple days a week while focusing on school and my social life. I love be out in social settings, being active, and bringing communities together to achieve a greater purpose.
 u1247623@umail.utah.edu

Carson

Biology │ he/him

Carson

Biology │ he/him
Hello! My name is Carson Sautter and I am a 3rd year working towards a B.S. in Biology with an Anatomy and Physiology emphasis along with a minor in Chemistry. I currently work at the University of Utah hospital as a HCA and as a Research Assistant in the Department of Neurology. Although I'm originally from the Bay Area, I have lived in Utah for the past 5 years and I have loved living close to the mountains, staying busy with hiking during the summer, and skiing during the winter. If you see me in the gym or on the mountain, come say hi!
 u1280823@utah.edu

Evan

Biology │ he/him

Evan

Biology │ he/him
Hey! My name is Evan and I am from Bountiful Utah. I'm a senior this year, majoring in Biology with an emphasis in Anatomy and Physiology and a minor in Chemistry. My life long goal has been to attend medical school, and hopefully specialize in non-operative orthopedics/sports medicine. Other than being a College of Science Ambassador, on campus I am also involved in Greek Life, being a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, and as a student leader with the Bennion Center. I am also a Teaching Assistant for Organic Chemistry, which has been my favorite undergraduate class by far! Recently, I was lucky enough to begin working as a research assistant at the Huntsman Cancer Institute with the Ullman Lab, which specializes in studying cell division. In my free time I love to golf, workout, binge watch Netflix, and do just about anything outdoors.
 evan.carlson@utah.edu

Josh

Biology │ he/him

Josh

Biology │ he/him
Hi! My name is Josh and I'm currently a Senior pursuing an B.S. in Biology. I hope to be accepted into a medical school upon graduation and pursue a career in medicine. I currently do research with Dr. Christopher Depner investigating how insufficient sleep and circadian disruption contribute to risk of metabolic disorders such as obesity and diabetes, with the long-term goal of developing sleep and circadian based interventions that improve metabolic health. I enjoy rock climbing, hiking, weightlifting, and spending time with family and friends!
 u1020296@utah.edu

Mary

Applied Mathematics │ she/her

Mary

Applied Mathematics │ she/her
Hello, my name is Mary Schaelling. I am pursuing an undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics with a minor in Nuclear Engineering where I can continue to immerse myself in my studies of all things nuclear. It is my goal to get a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering, to one day work in the safety and security field for nuclear weapons and power sources. Outside of academics, I love attending concerts, meeting new people, and strolling through museums. I am thrilled to be a College of Science Ambassador, so please feel free to reach out or say hello if you see me on campus! I am here to help you find your place on campus, even if it isn't in the College of Science.
 u0973957@utah.edu

Riley

Physics │ she/her

Riley

Physics │ she/her
Hello! My name is Riley and I'm a super-senior studying Computational Physics and Linguistics with a minor in Math! I love learning languages, and I am currently studying French, Japanese, and Italian. I plan to move to Japan after graduation to teach English before heading to graduate school for Computational Linguistics. I'm currently working at the University of Utah Seismograph Stations with the machine learning team to model seismic data and learn more about the earthquakes that affect our community. I love the outdoors, and have recently discovered mushroom hunting as a great excuse to explore the mountains, in addition to hiking and snowboarding. I love meeting new people and talking to others, so don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about my experience here at the U!
 u1195514@utah.edu

Savannah

Biology │ she/her

Savannah

Biology │ she/her
Hello! I'm Savannah Romney, and I am from Draper, Utah! I am pursuing a Biology HBS with an emphasis in Genetics and Genomics. In the future, I plan on applying to medical school with aspirations of becoming an OB/GYN. I am in the ACCESS Scholars program and I conduct research in Professor Sandy Parkinson's genetics and molecular biology lab. I love to play golf, hike, and spend time on the beach! I also enjoy reading, crocheting, and spending time with my friends and family.
 u1323923@umail.utah.edu

Syd

Chemistry │ she/her

Syd

Chemistry │ she/her
Hi! I'm Sydney and I am in my fourth and final year at the University of Utah in the Fall of 2021. My major is biochemistry and I’m applying to medical school next cycle after I finish my undergraduate degree. I've been so lucky to have so many great experiences throughout my time at the University of Utah, including being apart of the Velayutham Lab in the Department of Nutrition, studying the dietary effect of blueberries on the cardiovascular health and gut microbiome of mice, planning events for the greater campus community as a part of the Union Programming Council, and being a teaching assistant for the introductory biology lab and organic chemistry. In my free time I’m an avid snowboarder, rock climber, and concert enthusiast.
 u1194073@utah.edu

Vivek

Physics │ he/him

Vivek

Physics │ he/him
Heyo! My name is Vivek, hailing from Sandy, Utah. I am a senior majoring in Physics with minors in Astronomy and Computer Science. I have had a great time at the U so far and I am thrilled to be one of your College of Science Ambassadors! I aspire to become a professional astronomer and pun master. When I am not approximating cows as spheres, I enjoy doing astronomy outreach, browsing Reddit, learning useless fun trivia, and eating really spicy food!
 u0902561@utah.edu

Ainsley

Chemistry │ she/her

Ainsley

Chemistry │ she/her
Hello! My name is Ainsley Nystrom and I am originally from Phoenix, Arizona. I am studying towards a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with an emphasis in Biology and a minors in Environmental and Sustainability Sciences and Physics. I am currently involved with a lab that studies forest resilience and factors that impact tree physiological responses to drought. If you ever want someone to ski, hike, climb, or do anything outdoors with, just reach out - I am your girl!
 ainsley.nystrom@utah.edu

Anika

Biology │ she/her

Anika

Biology │ she/her
Hi there, I'm Anika! I'm from Peoria, Illinois, and I am currently a junior studying Neurobiology with minors in global health, bioethics, and chem. I participate in neuropsychology research at the Suchi lab, and I participated in the SRI my freshman year. When I'm not studying or in the lab, I can usually be found in the gym, skiing, or playing guitar. After undergrad, I hope to get an MD in Psychiatry or a PsyD.
 u1296298@utah.edu

Brian H.

Physics │ he/him

Brian H.

Physics │ he/him
Hi, I'm Brian! I am a senior majoring in physics and piano performance. I'm from Syracuse - Utah, not New York - and I love books, food, and board games. I play piano and cello, and between the two of my majors, I spend far more time locked alone in a practice room or laboratory than is healthy for any sane human being, but I also love being around friends and other people. I am a part of the U's Center for Acoustic Cooling Technology, and build and test thermoacoustic engines. Whether you see me walking around with or without the bow tie, come say hello!
 u1028469@utah.edu

Chloe

Biology │ she/her

Chloe

Biology │ she/her
Hi, I'm Chloe! I'm from Colorado Springs, CO, and I'm a senior majoring in Biology, emphasizing in Cellular and Molecular Biology, and minoring in Chemistry. I am currently an undergraduate research assistant in the Bruce Edgar Lab, working with my post-doctoral mentor on the role of sphingolipid metabolism in regulating intestinal stem cell homeostasis. I also had the opportunity to work in the Maria Bettini lab to investigate insulin specific TCR functionality following tetramer stimulation in transduced T cells. I hope to continue on to grad school to obtain my PhD in a molecular biology field, and potentially an MS in clinical investigation. In my free time I enjoy hiking, soccer, piano, and volleyball.
 u1251515@utah.edu

Hanna

Applied Mathematics │ she/her

Hanna

Applied Mathematics │ she/her
Hi! My name is Hanna Pucheu-Okamura. I come from a Mexican-Dominican background with French and Japanese descent. I'm going to be a third-year student in Fall 2022 pursuing an Applied Mathematics major with a Computer Science minor. In the future, I hope to do research and work with institutions such as health and medicine and education, in order to benefit them and the minorities who struggle in the community. In my free time I like to travel, go out bachata dancing, perform pretend concerts alone in my car, and visit friends and family back home. I am so excited to be a College of Science Ambassador!
 u1312710@utah.edu

Maggie

Biology │ she/her

Maggie

Biology │ she/her
Hello! My name is Maggie, I am double majoring in Biology and Spanish Language. I am a second year student from California and I plan to pursue an M.D. after undergraduate and eventually have a surgical practice. I recently returned from studying at the Utah Asia Campus and plan to return for research before medical school, as well as study abroad in other countries. I like to spend my free time hanging out with friends in some type of outdoor activity (snow sports, hiking, football games, etc.). If not outside, I am working out, listening to music, or doing homework, or some combination of it all. Don't forget to say hi when you see me around campus!
 u1312645@utah.edu

Michelle

Biology │ she/her

Michelle

Biology │ she/her
Hi! I'm Michelle and I'm from Denver, Colorado! As of Fall 2022 I will be going into my third year here at the U studying Biology with an Anatomy and Physiology emphasis and a Pediatric Clinical Research minor. After graduating, I hope to pursue an MD or MD-PhD. I am currently involved in research in the Yamaguchi biology lab where we study the neural basis of behavior using African clawed frogs and I am also a Resident Advisor in on-campus housing. When I have free time I enjoy dancing, painting, and going to the movie theaters.
 u1311454@utah.edu

Sahana

Math │ she/her

Sahana

Math │ she/her
Hi, I’m Sahana. I’m a local Utahn from Sandy and am so excited to be attending the University of Utah. I’m a third-year student double majoring in Honors Mathematics and Computer Science. I am looking forward to combining the power of computing with the intricacies of mathematics. While I love all things STEM, I hope to use my knowledge to solve real life problems and bring social reform. My recent computer science research with Dr. Suresh and in conjunction with the ACLU of Utah does just that by using web scraping and data querying to understand trends and identify potential flaws in Utah’s county jails. In my free time, I enjoy performing and teaching Indian classical dance. I also love animals and can talk your ear off with different fun facts. If you ever see me around campus, please introduce yourself! I would be happy to help anyway I can-except with directions!
 u1131034@utah.edu

Shaya

Biology │ he/him

Shaya

Biology │ he/him
Hi! My name is Shaya and I'm a senior pursuing a B.S in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. I hope to get into Dental school after my undergrad and pursue a career in OMFS. I am a Chemistry LA here at the U. Off campus, I work as a dental assistant and volunteer as a Farsi translator at Maliheh Free Clinic. In my free time, I love hiking, weightlifting, and trading stocks!
 u1229927@utah.edu

Tay

Physics, Biology │ any pronouns

Tay

Physics, Biology │ any pronouns
Hi! My name is Tay and I moved to Utah from Castle Rock, Colorado about 5 years ago. I am double majoring in Physics & Biology and moving happily at my own pace while working full time in a medical manufacturing lab. I one day hope to pursue a graduate degree in neurobiology studying alternate treatment methods for mental disorders. In my free time I am almost always playing a video game - I frequent Animal Crossing and the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
 u1126824@utah.edu

Warren

Biology │ he/him

Warren

Biology │ he/him
Hello! My name is Warren, and I am starting my second year at the U pursuing a Biology major with a Physiology and Anatomy emphasis and a Chemistry minor. After graduating, I plan to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. program with a research-focused surgical practice. At present, I work in Dr. Hong Mu’s immunology research laboratory as an undergraduate research assistant, exploring immunological pathways and analyzing the effects of environmental factors, specifically Mycoplasma arthritidis mitogen, on the induction and proliferation of rheumatoid arthritis. I also spend at least one day a week working in procedure rooms or the operating room in Endoscopy at the University of Utah medical center. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends, hiking, skiing, kayaking, exercising, stargazing, and baking!

Alex

Biology │ she/her

Alex

Biology │ she/her
Hello! I'm Alex Acuna, a fifth-year student pursuing a BS in Biology with a Cell and Molecular emphasis and minors in Chemistry and African American Studies. I was born in Venezuela and have lived in Salt Lake most of my life. I currently do pediatric cardiology genetics research in Dr. Martin Tristani-Firouzi's lab where I use molecular biological processes to investigate the genetic basis of Familial Atrial Fibrillation. My passions include social and environmental justice, family, and exploring new places.
 u1044578@utah.edu

Arnel

Chemistry │ he/him

Arnel

Chemistry │ he/him
Hello World! My name is Arnel, I am from Salt Lake, and I am a junior at the University of Utah. I am a first generation college student and American majoring in honors chemistry with an emphasis in biology. Much of my out of class time is spent in the lab as an undergraduate researcher at the Bischak Lab in the Department of Chemistry. I am currently working with electropolymerized polymers for use in organic mixed conductors! I am also a Co-Founder and the Administrative Director of the "InfectED" club on campus, where we aim to educate underrepresented communities about infectious diseases and science in general. After graduating, I plan on pursuing an MD-PhD program.
 u0924471@utah.edu

Brian J.

Biochemistry │ he/him

Brian J.

Biochemistry │ he/him
Hi everyone! My name is Brian and I am from Nampa, Idaho. I am a third year studying biochemistry here at the U. My hope is to go to medical school after I finish at the U. Outside of studying, I have worked as an LA for the Math department, worked for the Union Programming Council as an Associate Director and now the Director of Development, worked as an orientation leader, volunteered at the Feed U Pantry, and I am working as a Resident Advisor. In my free time I love weightlifting, playing basketball, and cooking.
 u1310561@utah.edu

Dua

Physics │ she/her

Dua

Physics │ she/her
Hi! I'm Dua and I'm a born and raised Utahn from Draper. I am majoring in Honors Physics on the biomedical emphasis, and currently conducting neuroscience research at the Caron Lab. During my undergraduate years here at the U, I intend to tie my education and research together towards an MD/PhD, in order to specialize in neurology. Along with the sciences, I love the arts, especially film and photography. So if you don't see me in the lab, you'll most likely see me making something with a camera!
 u1312151@utah.edu

Hephzibah

Biochemistry │ she/her

Hephzibah

Biochemistry │ she/her
Hi! I'm Hephzibah, and I am pursuing a Biochemistry major with a possible double major in Sociology, and an honors integrated health minor. After graduating, I hope to attend medical school and become a neonatal surgeon. I was born and raised in Pakistan, so I hope to give back to communities in South Asia that lack adequate medical care and resources. Currently, I am working as an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Werner's Lab, studying phenotypic plasticity as a result of environmental factors experienced during development in nematodes. I also serve as the secretary of the Pakistani Student Association here at the U. In my free time, I enjoy watching crime documentaries, going on long drives, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.
 u1335448@umail.utah.edu

Manny

Mathematics │ he/him

Manny

Mathematics │ he/him
Hi, I'm Manny! I am a third-year student double-majoring in Mathematics with a Statistics emphasis and Spanish and double minoring in Computer Science and Latin American Studies. I'm from Logan - Utah, but I spent most of my childhood in Mexico. Besides working with the College of Science, I also work as a University Ambassador for the Office of Admissions. I also work as an Ambassador for the College of Engineering. Lastly, I am an RA for one of the residence halls here on campus. I don’t really have free time, but when I do, I love spending time taking care of my plants, cooking, and sculpting. If you ever see me walking alone or giving a tour, don't be afraid to say hi! 🙂
 u1288678@utah.edu

Nash

Mathematics, Physics │ he/him

Nash

Mathematics, Physics │ he/him
Howdy! My name is Nash Ward, I'm an nth year math and physics double major here at the U! You can always find me doing something winter related whether it's sea ice research or sending down the slopes! I'm hoping to get a PhD after I graduate and maybe one day looking down at earth through a small window in space. If you see me on campus make sure to say hi!
 u1313735@utah.edu

Sahar

Biology │ she/they

Sahar

Biology │ she/they
Hi everyone! My name is Sahar, and I am a senior majoring in biology and finance. In the future I plan on attending medical school. I was born and raised in Sugarhouse, but my family is originally from Afghanistan. I plan on returning to Afghanistan to provide medical care. In my free time, I like to travel, meet new people, and patiently wait for Frank Ocean to release new music.
 u0902561@utah.edu

Shaistah

Biology │ she/her

Shaistah

Biology │ she/her
Hi everyone! My name is Shaistah and I am from Sandy, Utah. I’m a fourth-year pursuing an honors double major in Health, Society, and Policy and Biology. With my degrees, I aim to focus on both the humanities and scientific aspects of medicine and I plan to pursue medical school after graduating. In the future, I hope to volunteer my time as a physician serving the most vulnerable populations. In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, bike riding, and spending time with friends and family.
 u0979861@utah.edu

Tayla

Biology │ she/her

Tayla

Biology │ she/her
My name is Tayla. I am in my third year pursuing a Biology degree with a Neurobiology Emphasis and minors in Chemistry and Pediatric Clinical Research. I was born and raised in Utah and am originally from Herriman, Utah. After my undergrad, I hope to be accepted into medical school or PA school. Outside the College of Science, I'm involved with the Bennion Center (community engagement and volunteer center), and currently, I am a University Ambassador where I give campus tours. During my free time, I enjoy long-distance running, hiking, weightlifting, going to sporting events, and anything outside.
 tayla.chiang@utah.edu

Alexa

Biology │ she/her

Alexa

Biology │ she/her
Hey! My name is Alexa and I'm a junior pursuing my HBS in Biology with emphases in Genetics and Genomics and a minor in Chemistry. I'm also a TA in the biology department, and am researching in the English lab. After graduation, I hope to work towards my MS or Ph.D. to contribute to inheritable disease research or the pharmacogenomics field. I am originally from Southern California, but I moved to Utah, where snowboarding stole my heart. Besides studying and hitting the slopes, I love weightlifting, archery, and kickboxing! If you ever see me around, say hi!
 u1305440@utah.edu

Ava

Biochemistry │ she/her

Ava

Biochemistry │ she/her
Hi, I'm Ava! I am pursuing an HBS in biochemistry and a BA in psychology. I conduct research on RNA-based tools in Ming Hammond’s chemical biology lab, and currently serve as the Chair of the Honors Student Advisory Committee. I'm from Boise, Idaho, and love living in Salt Lake with all my best friends!
 u1305645@utah.edu

Caroline

Biology │ she/her

Caroline

Biology │ she/her
Hi there! My name is Caroline Keller, and I am from Millcreek, Utah. Here at the U, I am a sophomore pursuing a Biology degree with an emphasis in Genetics. After I earn my undergraduate degree, I plan to attend grad school to get a PhD. I am very passionate about research and my dream job is to open a lab of my own one day! I am very fortunate to do research at the Phadnis lab, where I study the hybrid incompatibility system of Drosophila pseudoobscura with the goal of locating and characterizing more genes that cause hybrid male sterility. I also love teaching and work as a TA for the introductory biology labs. Outside of the College of Science, you can find me on the mountain skiing, at a workout class, or participating in greek life events with my sorority sisters.
 Caroline.keller@path.utah.edu

Emma

Math │ she/her

Emma

Math │ she/her
Hello! My name is Emma Kerr and I am from Fruit Heights, Utah. I am pursuing a Math and Physics major here at the U seeking an emphasis on computation. I have loved my college experience thus far, and have especially loved my research in the Physics department studying spin dependent electronic processes. After obtaining my undergraduate degree, I hope to work towards a math Ph.D and become a professor and researcher. I love meeting new faces around campus, and when I'm not in school, I enjoy being in the outdoors.
 u1151003@utah.edu

Inez

Biology │ she/her

Inez

Biology │ she/her
Hello! My name is Inez Scott. I'm originally from Springville, Utah! I am a Junior here at the U majoring in Neurobiology and minoring in Chemistry. I plan on attending medical school after I finish my undergrad. I would love to work in women's health, maybe as an OB-GYN, but I'm still exploring! Outside of school, I love doing anything outside but especially skiing!! I also love meeting new people, so if you see me on campus definitely come say hi and we can go get some food or something. 🙂
 u1244061@utah.edu

Marcus

Physics │ he/him

Marcus

Physics │ he/him
Hey! I'm Marcus Tanner, and I'm from Draper, Utah. I'm currently a sophomore at the U majoring in Physics with an emphasis in Astronomy/Astrophysics, and am also a mentor in the Physics Department's new PANDA Network program. If I'm not hiking out in the boonies, you'll probably find me playing guitar or buried in a book of some sort. After I graduate, I want to go to grad school and work with NASA on their New Frontiers program. Don't be afraid to say hi if you spot me on campus!
 u1327510@umail.utah.edu

Rachel

Biochemistry, Physics │ she/her

Rachel

Biochemistry, Physics │ she/her
Hello! My name is Rachel and I am from Lehi, Utah. I am pursuing an honors double major in Biochemistry and Biomedical Physics with a minor in Math. I also work as a research assistant in Dr. Minteer’s electrochemistry lab here at the U. My current project focuses on optimizing deamination reaction cascades and I’m excited to learn more about electrochemistry and sustainability! After graduating, I plan to work towards an MD/PhD so I can continue in research while also working in the medical field. In my free time, I love to go on long runs, read, and spend time outdoors!
 rachel.muhlestein@utah.edu

Sam

Biology │ she/her

Sam

Biology │ she/her
Hi! My name is Sam Nestel and I am from Ogden, Utah. Here at the U, I am pursuing a Biology major with a possible minor in disability studies, math, or political science. After getting my degree, I want to go on to medical school to become a physician specializing in women’s health. I have loved many of my experiences here at the COS but my favorite has been participating as an undergraduate biology researcher studying metabolic phenotypic plasticity in nematodes. Outside of school I enjoy doing musical theatre, playing with cats, being outdoors, and meeting new people.
 u1249590@utah.edu

Sydney L.

Biology │ she/her

Sydney L.

Biology │ she/her
Hi, my name is Sydney, and I am originally from Twin Falls, ID. I am a third-year student pursuing an honors degree in Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology and a minor in Biomedical Engineering as well as Chemistry. I am currently studying pollination networks as part of the SRI program. Outside of school, I enjoy rock climbing, weight-lifting, kayaking, and really anything outdoorsy.
 u1297291@utah.edu

Tori

Biology │ she/her

Tori

Biology │ she/her
Hi there! I'm Tori Earl and I'm from Midvale, Utah. I'm pursuing a Biology major and Health minor. I also assist in a research lab at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. This is my fifth year of school but my second at the University of Utah since I transferred here in Fall 2021. I’ve learned so much at the U, I’ve grown professionally and personally, and I’ve had a lot of fun too! My interests involve food (cooking, baking, or making charcuterie boards), music (going to concerts, making playlists), learning (reading, writing), and nature (hiking, birdwatching, visiting the ocean).
 u0911998@umail.utah.edu

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