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Welcome to the April edition of our eNewsletter. As the current semester comes to a close in Provo, we look forward to the many new possibilities that the impending summer will bring to the college – including warmer weather!

Last month, we held our 24th annual Spring Research Conference on campus. About 350 students – over half of them undergraduates – were able to participate and present their original research to a diverse audience. This was not only a stimulating event for us to showcase the great work being performed here at BYU, but it also represented a terrific opportunity for the students to gain valuable experience presenting and explaining their research to an outside audience, ultimately preparing them for their future endeavors.

During the conference, we were also pleased to host our College Volunteer Leadership Council for its semi-annual meetings. This generous group of individuals has dedicated significant time and effort to improving the resources and opportunities available in the college, and we are thankful for their continued service. A number of our students

are currently obtaining a quality education and peforming hands-on undergraduate research because of their support of our programs.

We are excited about the many opportunities that lie ahead for our faculty and our students. While our faculty members will diligently continue to conduct cutting-edge scientific research on-campus this summer, many students will be putting their knowledge to work in internships that will expand their understanding and prepare them for their respective careers. We are proud of our students and alumni, and their continued impact on industry and academia.

In that spirit, we’d like to know where you are and what you are doing. We now regularly feature alumni in our college magazine, Frontiers, and it helps us tremendously to receive communication from you to keep us informed about the great things you are involved with. We are proud of the work being performed by our alumni and we want to highlight those achievements. Please keep in touch with the college by sending us an update at college@cpms.byu.edu.

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COLLEGE NEWS
CPMS students recognized for hard work and service at University Accessibility Awards
CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY
Professor finds dynamic interactions among disease-linked proteins
COMPUTER SCIENCE
Animation program recognized as number one by Utah State Senate
GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES
Professor unlocks 170 million years of mystery in sand dunes
PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
Acoustics research group applies findings to fan noise in personal computers
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STATS PROFESSOR PREPARES STUDENTS

John Lawson, a faculty member in the Department of Statistics, recently added material to his class that gives students an extra edge in today’s competitive world.

Few universities can claim as large a group of undergraduate statistics majors as are found at Brigham Young University. However, it can be challenging when these undergraduates seek postgraduate employment as professional statisticians.

“Most employers who hire statisticians look for graduates with at least a Master’s degree [in the field],” he explained.

However, an alternative exists. Some occupations – including quality engineer, quality process analyst and quality improvement specialist – demand statistical skills but do not require an advanced statistics degree. Thus, receiving training in statistics as well as in a more specialized area such as quality assessment can provide students with greater employment opportunities even if they do not have a Master's degree. To help BYU students take advantage of these opportunities, emeritus professor Gale Bryce started a special program in 1985 to provide instruction in quality assessment to undergraduate students studying statistics.

“Through having the quality science emphasis within the statistics major, our students had better prospects of landing quality engineering jobs with a Bachelor’s degree,” Lawson said.

Since then, many course participants have successfully found employment and current students continue to benefit. Recent alterations to the program have furnished students with even better tools to become more competitive in securing internships and full-time jobs.

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CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY | COMPUTER SCIENCE | GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES
MATHEMATICS | MATHEMATICS EDUCATION | PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY | STATISTICS

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