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Science Friday

 

High school seniors and juniors and transfer students are invited to visit the College of Science on the University of Utah campus.

  • Get valuable information on majors, scholarships, research opportunities and more
  • Network with current students in our College
  • Take a tour of the Science Campus
  • Get all your questions about college life answered

All students who attend a Science Friday event during Fall 2021 will be entered in a drawing to win a $500 scholarship. Awardee can redeem scholarship after enrolling at the University of Utah!

Science Friday Schedule Fall 2021

August 13, 3:00-5:00pm MST

September 10, 3:00-5:00pm MST

September 24, 3:00-4:00pm MST (VIRTUAL EVENT)

October 8, 3:00-5:00pm MST

 

This event is open to high school juniors and seniors and transfer students. Registration is required.

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Are you a teacher or a student group leader who would like to bring this event to your group? Email us to schedule a private event.


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Science Ambassadors

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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.

Meet Our Current Ambassadors


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

Alex

Biology

Alex

Biology
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 most 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 basis of Familial Atrial Fibrillation. My passions include social and environmental justice, family, and travel.

Anna

Physics, Chemistry

Anna

Physics, Chemistry
Greetings! My name is Anna and I’m from Pleasant Grove, Utah. I am currently a junior pursuing a double major in Physics and Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics. I am currently working for the amazing Telescope Array research group on campus studying the properties and origins of cosmic rays. I enjoy reading, writing, and all things space-related.

Brennon

Biology

Brennon

Biology
Hello! My name is Brennon. I'm in my third year studying Cell and Molecular Biology with a Chemistry minor. I'm from Idaho Falls, Idaho, and I enjoy reading, hiking, and cooking. After I graduate, I plan to pursue a PhD in Genetics.

Ella

Chemistry

Ella

Chemistry
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

Math

Jacob

Math
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.

Mary

Math

Mary

Math
My name is Mary and I am originally from Denver, Colorado. I am a third-year majoring in Math with a minor in Computer Science. With my degree, I hope to go into Data Science, specifically something related to the health fields such as epidemiology. I am also in the Honors College and a Resident Advisor in the STEM Initiatives Tower. In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors, working out, and hanging out with friends. If you see me around campus, come say hi!

Ritu

Biology

Ritu

Biology
Hello Everyone!! My name is Ritu Shah and I’m Junior originally from San Diego, California studying Biology with an emphasis in Anatomy and Physiology with a minor in Strategic Communications on Pre-Physical Therapy track. I love being involved in all aspects of campus ranging from research, Greek life, university ambassadors and of course science ambassadors! I can’t wait to share my love of science with all of you!

Sam

Biology

Sam

Biology
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.

Taverly

Physics, Biology

Taverly

Physics, Biology
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.

Warren

Biology

Warren

Biology
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

Chemistry

Alice

Chemistry
Hi! My name is Alice and I’m from Northern California. I’m a junior at the U double majoring in Biochemistry 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 antibiotic compounds. Outside of school and research, I love hiking, skiing, rock climbing, and volunteering with the American Chemical Society.

Ava

Biochemistry

Ava

Biochemistry
Hi! I'm Ava, and I'm from Boise, Idaho! I am pursuing a biochemistry major with a minor in psychology through the Honors College. I hope to continue on to an MD-PhD degree, specializing in infectious disease research and treatment. I currently serve as the Chair-Elect of the Honors Student Advisory Committee, and I conduct research as part of Dr. Ming Hammond's biological chemistry lab. I love practicing and teaching yoga, skiing, going on long drives, and getting to know new friends!

Brian

Physics

Brian

Physics
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!

Emma

Math

Emma

Math
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.

Josh

Biology

Josh

Biology
Hi! My name is Josh and I'm currently a sophomore pursuing an Honors B.S. in Neurobiology and Psychology, while minoring in Cognitive Science and Chemistry. 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 also work as an Endoscopy Technician in the U of U Hospital assisting doctors in various endoscopic procedures. In my spare time, I enjoy rock climbing, hiking, weightlifting, and spending time with family and friends!

Nash

Math, Physics

Nash

Math, Physics
Hello! My name is Nash Ward, I am a double major (Math and Physics) here at the U. I grew up in Utah and love to climb, ski, and hike more than just about anything non math related. I hope to get a double PhD one day and if I'm lucky I'll end up in orbit. Fun fact about me is that in my free time I am a photographer and have actually published several times including a self portrait similar to my what you see here! If you see me around campus please stop me and introduce yourself I'd love to get to know you and would be more than happy to tell you all about the College of Science or more about my photographs.

Sahana

Math

Sahana

Math
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!

Shaistah

Biology

Shaistah

Biology
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 a minor in Chemistry. 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.

Tayla

Biology

Tayla

Biology
My name is Tayla. I am in my second 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 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, weightlifting, going to sporting events, and volunteering.

Amaya

Biology

Amaya

Biology
Hello, my name is Amaya and I am from Provo, UT but my parents are from the Navajo Reservation. I am a fourth-year student pursuing a Biology major with an emphasis in Human Anatomy and Physiology with a minor in Chemistry. I enjoy meeting new people with different diverse cultures and learning about how their culture has shaped their personalities. Also, I plan on enrolling in a MD/PhD program after graduating from the U and helping the Navajo people live a better and healthier life.

Braeden

Biochemistry

Braeden

Biochemistry
I am a Junior studying Biochem with hopes to apply to medical school and become a surgeon someday. I entered school majoring in kinesiology and fell in love with chemistry so I switched my major. I grew up in Murray, Utah and have been a diehard Utah football fan my whole life. I love anything sports and love to watch the Utah Jazz, Denver Broncos and of course, the Utes!

Chelsea

Biology

Chelsea

Biology
Hello! My name is Chelsea and I am in my third year here at the U. 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.

Harini

Biochemistry

Harini

Biochemistry
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Kay

Math, Biology

Kay

Math, Biology
Hello! My name is Kay and I'm in my 5th 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!

Riley

Physics

Riley

Physics
My name is Riley Murray, and I'm a Computational Physics and Linguistics double-major! I like a good challenge, and I love to learn new things from the people around me. My two disciplines have allowed me to explore interesting intersections between the sciences and the humanities, which have really rounded out my education as a scientist. As an Idaho native transplanted in Utah, I love the outdoors-- hiking, rock climbing, snowboarding, you name it! I also enjoy learning languages (I've got Japanese, French, and some Scots Gaelic now) and playing guitar, ukulele, and piano. One of my biggest goals in life is to see as much of the world as possible, and to make friends all over it!

Sahar

Biology

Sahar

Biology
Hi everyone! My name is Sahar, and I am a junior 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!

Sydney

Chemistry

Sydney

Chemistry
Hi! I'm Sydney and I am going into my third year at the University of Utah in the Fall of 2021. My major is chemistry with a biological emphasis and I hope to go to medical school after completing my undergraduate degree. I've been so lucky to be a part of the Velayutham Lab in the Department of Nutrition, studying the dietary effect of blueberries on the cardiovascular health of mice and the gut microbiome. Outside of College of Science Ambassadors, I work with the Union Programming Council and I am a teaching assistant for the Biology 1615 lab. In my free time I love to go snowboarding, climb at the summit, and paint.

Vivek

Physics

Vivek

Physics
Heyo! My name is Vivek, hailing from Sandy, Utah. I am a junior 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!

Summer Chemistry

This summer chemistry program is offered to qualified high school students, who have completed either their junior or sophomore year, and have one or more years of chemistry completed. Eight hours of credit are awarded. This credit will be applied toward University of Utah graduation requirements. It will satisfy the general education requirement in the physical and life sciences and it is also transferable credit.

Who: Qualified high school students who have completed sophomore or junior year and completed at least one year of chemistry

When: Summer

Where: Chemistry Department

Contact: For more information, please contact Professor Jeff Statler, Department of Chemistry at (801) 581-6681 or e-mail at statler@chem.utah.edu

Program Admission: Admission into the program requires a nomination from the student’s high school chemistry teacher. Utah high school chemistry teachers are contacted in January of each year. Scholarships are given based on nominations and program deadlines.