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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.

Incoming Student Opportunities

  • Multiple awards for incoming freshman and transfer students
  • Upper division 3 course credits satisfies both International Requirement (IR) and Science Foundation (SF)
  • Research laboratory position during their first year the U
  • Summer housing opportunity at the Marriott Honors Community (freshman only)

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  • Multiple $1,000 awards for incoming freshman who declare a major in the College of Science: Applied Mathematics, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics
  • One multi-year award will be made to current or incoming freshman who declare a major in the College of Science: Applied Mathematics, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics
  • Preference given to Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics majors
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Award covers in-state tuition up to 15 credit hours per semester
  • One multi-year award will be made to current or incoming freshman who declares a major in the College of Science: Applied Mathematics, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics who has financial need
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00
  • Preference given to Mathematics majors and applicants from single-parent homes
  • Award covers in-state tuition up to 15 credit hours per semester for eight semesters

Current Student Opportunities

  • Multiple $4,000 awards will be made to juniors and seniors with expected graduation date in 2022 or 2023
  • Minimum GPA of 3.70
  • Twelve undergraduates will be honored with the title of Crocker Science House Scholar
  • Each resident receives a $1,000 award to assist with rent and meal plan
  • Students share a quiet, study-oriented residence on Officers Circle, Fort Douglas
  • Residents must contract with Housing & Residential Education for their room reservation and meal plan
  • One award of $2,000 will be made to a junior, senior, or graduate student who is committed to teaching science and/or math in the secondary school system in the state of Utah who have financial need
  • Must be a declared College of Science Teaching major or enrolled in the College of Science M.S. Degree Program for Secondary School Teachers (MSSST)
  • Applicants must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline of February 1, 2021
  • One multi-year award will be made to current or incoming freshman who declare a major in the College of Science: Applied Mathematics, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Preference given to Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics majors
  • Award covers in-state tuition up to 15 credit hours per semester
  • Multiple $2,000 awards will be made to juniors, seniors, and graduate students
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00
  • Applicants must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline of February 1, 2021
  • One $1,000 award will be made to current or incoming freshman who declare a major in the College of Science: Applied Mathematics, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00
  • Preference given to Chemistry majors and/or first generation college student
  • One award will be made to a student who has more than 30 University of Utah credit hours
  • Must be a Non-Resident of Utah and a U.S. Citizen
  • Minimum GPA of 3.30

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


Emergency Funding


The University of Utah has limited emergency funding for students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are in need of emergency funding, please apply below.

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.

Student Visas

International Students


F1 Visa Update

July 14, 2020 - Update for International Students

Proposed changes in visa restrictions for international students have been rescinded, and visa qualifications will return to the standard set in the spring of 2020. International students are now able to register for classes that best suit their pathway to a degree, regardless of whether the class will be held online or in-person.

The College of Science remains committed to supporting you and helping you reach your academic goals and maintain your visa status under the current Immigration guidelines. The University of Utah continues to monitor this situation and will provide ongoing updates as new information becomes available.

I encourage you to reach out to your academic advisors or, in the case of graduate students, your department’s graduate program coordinator, with any questions or concerns that you may have.

We value the strength and diversity of our international student community, and we will continue to do whatever possible to support you during your academic career in the College of Science.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Peter Trapa


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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 yea 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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 - First Published in Discover Magazine, Fall 2019

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 participate in recruitment events including Red White and U day, College of Science events, high school visits, and other STEM recruitment programs, where they assist and communicate with prospective College of Science students.


Alex

Science Ambassador

Alex

Science Ambassador
Hello! I'm Alex, a fourth-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 but have lived in Salt Lake for the majority of my life. I am currently a student researcher in Dr. Martin Tristani-Firouzi's lab where I use molecular biological processes to investigate the genetic components of Familial Atrial Fibrillation. My passions include social justice, travel, and family.

Anna

Science Ambassador

Caitlin

Science Ambassador

Caitlin

Science Ambassador
Hi everyone! My name is Caitlin, and I am in my second year pursuing an HBS degree in Chemistry with a Biological Emphasis. I’m originally from Richland, WA – and no, that’s not near Seattle. I’m currently involved in Dr. Sophie Caron's research lab studying the olfactory system in Drosophila (fruit flies). In my free time, I love spending time with friends, hiking, camping and trying new things! I love meeting new people, so stop and say hi if you see me around campus!

Corvin

Science Ambassador

Corvin

Science Ambassador
My name is Corvin. I am majoring in Biological Chemistry and Biology and am currently in my second year. I am an avid skier and spend as much time as possible up in the mountains. My goal is to pursue a PhD/MD and eventually become an oncologist in a research lab or teaching hospital.

Harini

Science Ambassador

Kenzie

Science Ambassador

Kenzie

Science Ambassador
Hi! My name is Kenzie and I am a sophomore majoring in math. I am getting a double minor in linguistics and economics. I love taking fun ESSF classes, going to math-department events, traveling, and being a student at the U!

Mary

Science Ambassador

Mary

Science Ambassador
My name is Mary and I am originally from Denver, Colorado. I am a first year double majoring in Math and Science, Health, Environmental, and Risk Communication. With my degrees, I aim to focus more on the communication and presentation side of science, such as modeling epidemiology or climate change. I am in the Honors College here at the U. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, rafting, hanging out with friends, and adventuring. I am super excited to be a College of Science Ambassador and share my love for science with others!

Sahana

Science Ambassador

Sahana

Science Ambassador
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 first 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!

Sophia

Science Ambassador

Sophia

Science Ambassador
My name is Sophia and I am from Redondo Beach, California. I am a fourth year at the U double majoring in Biology with an emphasis in Genetics and Genomics and Social Work with a minor in Chemistry. I hope to one day pursue an M.D./Ph.D to work in translational medicine. I am currently a student researcher in the McMahon/Kinsey Lab studying pancreatic and colorectal cancer at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. I love weight training at the gym, any water sport (surfing, sailing, swimming), and RuPaul’s Drag Race/Dragula.

Tayla

Science Ambassador

Tayla

Science Ambassador
My name is Tayla. I am in my second year pursuing a Biology degree with a Neurobiology Emphasis and minors in Chemistry and Psychology. I was born and raised in Utah and originally from Herriman, Utah. After my undergrad, I hope to be accepted into an MD-PhD program. With this dual degree, I will be able to combine my love for medicine with research. I am currently doing research in Dr. Sophie Caron's neuroscience lab and I get to work with Drosophila (fruit flies) as an animal model. During my free time, I enjoy long-distance running, hiking, exercising, going to sporting events, eating Asian food, and volunteering.

Warren

Science Ambassador

Warren

Science Ambassador
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!

Alice

Science Ambassador

Alice

Science Ambassador
Hi! My name is Alice and I’m from Northern California. I’m a sophomore at the U double majoring in Chemistry and International Studies, with a minor in Chinese. Currently I work as an undergraduate researcher in the Puri Lab where we study how bacteria interact with the environment and each other, and how bacteria produce anti-fungal and anti-cancer compounds. Outside of school and research, I love hiking, skiing, playing piano, and volunteering with the American Chemical Society.

Brian

Science Ambassador

Brian

Science Ambassador
Hi, I'm Brian! I am a freshman 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!

Candace

Science Ambassador

Candace

Science Ambassador
My name is Candace and I am a junior majoring in astrophysics and anthropology. I am from Layton, Utah. I love planning, reading, and origami!

Ella

Science Ambassador

Ella

Science Ambassador
Hey there! My name is Ella and I am entering my junior year at the University of Utah. I am a Chemistry major with a double emphasis in Materials Science and Engineering as well as Biology. Once I graduate with my HBS, I would like to attend graduate school, possibly out of the country if I can swing that. I tend to spend my infrequent free time training on the aerial hoop, going down Googling rabbit holes about random science facts, or trying to catch up on reading all of the classics I missed by not taking AP Lit. If you see me around campus, feel free to ask me questions about chemistry or just say hello!

Jacob

Science Ambassador

Jacob

Science Ambassador
My name is Jacob! This is my fourth year at the U. I'm studying Applied Mathematics with minors in Computer Science and Spanish. I plan on working in cryptography and then teaching high school. I love to sing, dance, read, and just hang out.

Liz

Science Ambassador

Liz

Science Ambassador
My name is Liz, and I am originally from Chicago, Illinois (The Windy City, best deep-dish pizza and hotdogs, and home of the Chicago Cubs)! Currently, I’m a Senior majoring in Biology with an emphasis in Cellular and Molecular Biology. My plan is to attend the University of Utah’s College of Pharmacy, earn a PharmD/PhD, and spread the knowledge of pharmaceuticals to anyone willing to listen. What makes me so special you ask? I enjoy video games, coaching volleyball, all things summer, watching baseball games, building forts with my daughter, and have a passion for science!

Michelle

Science Ambassador

Michelle

Science Ambassador
Hi! My name is Michelle and I am originally from South Korea. I will be starting my senior year this Fall 2020 with a major in Biology with a Genetics & Genomic Emphasis and a minor in Chemistry. I am also in the Honors College. I’m currently working in Dr. Nitin Phadnis’s lab on studying sex-ratio traits in D. pseudoobscura. Other than research and studying, I enjoy running, baking (gluten-free!), climbing, reading, and spending time with my cats. I’m excited to share my passion for the sciences this year!

Shaistah

Science Ambassador

Shaistah

Science Ambassador
Hi everyone! My name is Shaistah and I am from Sandy, Utah. I’m a second year pursuing an honors double major in Health, Society, and Policy and Biology along with minors in Chemistry and Medical Humanities. 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 abroad. In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, bike riding, and spending time with friends and family.

Sydney

Science Ambassador

Sydney

Science Ambassador
Hi! I’m Sydney and I am starting my second year as a Chemistry major with an emphasis in Biology on the pre-med track. I am involved in research through the Velayutham Lab in the Department of Nutrition. In my free time I like to snowboard, climb and paint.

Tushig

Science Ambassador

Tushig

Science Ambassador
Hello! My name is Tushig and I’m currently a sophomore pursuing an Honors Biology Degree with a Spanish minor. I grew up in Park City, but I’m originally from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Right now, I work as an undergraduate assistant where I help research the function of Tfh cells in development of germinal center B cells during a Malaria infection in the Lamb Lab. During my free time I love to hang out with my friends, sketch random objects, and learn new K-pop dances!

Amaya

Science Ambassador

Bridget

Science Ambassador

Bridget

Science Ambassador
Howdy! My name is Bridget and I’m from Salt Lake City, Utah. I am a senior studying Genetics and Genomics Biology with a minor in Mathematics. I’m in the Shapiro Lab where we study the genetics of domestic pigeons and I‘m currently working to help analyze eye color variation. I adore pigeons, bioinformatics, and all things science!

Chelsea

Science Ambassador

Chelsea

Science Ambassador
Hi, my name is Chelsea and I will be starting my third year here at the U in Fall 2020. I’m from Saratoga Springs, and I have lived in Utah for most of my life. I am majoring in Biology with an emphasis in Anatomy and Physiology and a minor in Chemistry. I am on the pre-med track, hoping to eventually work in pediatrics. I am also a member of the Honors College. I love watching early 2000’s cartoons, documentaries, and playing with my pets.

Emma

Science Ambassador

Emma

Science Ambassador
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.

Kay

Science Ambassador

Kay

Science Ambassador
Hello! My name is Kay and I'm going into my 3rd year here at the U. I love the ocean! I'm actually studying math and biology in hopes of doing the mathematical side of marine biology. I'm from the small town of Enterprise, Utah and I'm super excited to be a College of Science Ambassador!

Madi

Science Ambassador

Madi

Science Ambassador
My name is Madi! I am starting my second year here at the University of Utah majoring in Chemistry and Biology. I am currently working as an undergraduate researcher in the Myers Lab at Huntsman Cancer Institute studying transmembrane proteins, extracellular communication and the effects this has on the Hedgehog Pathway. When I’m not studying I enjoy yoga, running, and reading.

Sahar

Science Ambassador

Sahar

Science Ambassador
Hi everyone! My name is Sahar, and I am a second year majoring in biology and business administration. In the future, I plan on pursuing an MD/PhD degree. I was born and raised in Sugarhouse, but my family is originally from Afghanistan. I hope to one day return to Afghanistan and provide medical care and resources. In my free time, I like to hang out with family and friends, hike, and online shop. Go Utes!

Shaylee

Science Ambassador

Shaylee

Science Ambassador
Hey! My name is Shaylee and I'm from Saint George. I am entering my sophomore year pursuing an HBS in Chemistry with an emphasis in Chemical Engineering and Atmospheric and Environmental Chemistry. I'm currently working with fuel cells and electrochemistry in the lovely Dr. Shelley Minteer's lab on campus. I love getting outdoors, Thai food, applying for things I'm not necessarily qualified for (how I ended up here), and long walks in the rain. I'm always here if you have any questions, so feel free to reach out!

Taverly

Science Ambassador

Taverly

Science Ambassador
Hi! My name is Taverly and I’m from Castle Rock, Colorado. I am a fourth year student double majoring in Biophysics & Biochemistry. I one day hope to pursue a PhD in neurobiology studying alternate methods of medicating for mental disorders. I also spend an abundance of my time as a cheesemonger at the Harmons downtown. In my free time you can find me planning events for a service organization or watching movies with my roommates.

Vivek

Science Ambassador

Vivek

Science Ambassador
Heyo! My name is Vivek, hailing from Draper, Utah. I am a freshman majoring in physics with a minor in astronomy. 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!