Welcome to the December edition of the eNewsletter, and happy holidays from everyone at CPMS!
As we prepare to conclude yet another great year here in Provo, we send our warmest wishes to you and yours. I hope this message finds you well this Christmas season, and that all your holiday festivities are joyful, cheerful and warm in all the right ways.
But even as we gear up for all the holiday fun that awaits us, this time of year also provides an excellent opportunity to reflect on 2010. As a college, we've had an exciting year full of great events and many accomplishments by our faculty, students and alumni.
We were fortunate to see continued growth in grant funding and student mentorship participation. This has opened up even more cutting edge research opportunities for our faculty and students, which resulted in our college leading the university in disclosures and patent applications for the second consecutive year. We are very proud of this great research, and we look forward to seeing it grow and flourish further in the future.
Likewise, we also look forward to yet another year of successfully preparing and educating our students to excel in their chosen fields. In 2010, several students from nearly every department were honored with prestigious awards for their academic excellence. For
example, the BYU Center for Animation received multiple Student Emmy Awards for their student-created short films, and our mathematics team finished 24th out of 546 colleges at the national Putnam Mathematical Competition — and those are just a few of the many honors bestowed on our talented and promising students.
I could go on for hours about all the great things that are happening in the college. Unfortunately, I'm afraid many of you would stop reading if I did. From the many distinguished guest lecturers (including several alumni) who visited us on-campus to the state-of-the-art new projector system we were able to install in the planetarium and everything in between, 2010 has been a great year for the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. It's been a real honor to be a part of it.
And in that spirit, we hope for even better things in 2011 — both for the college here in Provo and for you and your family wherever you may be. As always, I believe great things are just around the corner, and I look forward to all of us discovering and experiencing them together.
Thank you for your endless support this year (and every year.) Merry Christmas!
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