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Welcome to the May edition of our eNewsletter. With our spring commencement exercises recently completed, we are excited to watch our new graduates excel and help shape the future of both industry and academia.

Last month, we had the pleasure of awarding 182 undergraduate degrees and sending these new graduates out into the world for a lifetime of new adventures and discoveries. Through their education at BYU, these men and women have been well prepared to blaze new trails in their chosen fields—thanks to hours of classroom instruction and a variety of mentored research opportunities.

Many of these graduates have already moved on to exciting opportunities outside Provo that will undoubtedly allow them to expand their horizons and magnify their influence. Some of our students are currently beginning work at prestigious organizations including Microsoft, the National Institutes of Health, Amazon.com and GE Energy, to name a few, while others will seek advanced degrees from some of the world's finest academic institutions.

We also had the pleasure of seeing 26 students graduate with master's degrees and eight students complete their Ph.D. The college is proud of these students and the work they

performed during their time at BYU—whether carrying out their own research or overseeing and instructing undergraduate students. We are eager to watch these students put their graduate education to work and contribute to our changing world.

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GEOLOGY STUDENTS WIN QUIZ BOWL

A team of BYU geology students took home top honors in a recent regional quiz competition, dominating a field comprised mostly of graduate students from some of the country's top universities.

Matt Davis, a graduate student from Queen Creek, Ariz., and Forrest Roberts, a senior from Frannie, Wyo., placed first in the quiz bowl held at the 3D Seismic Symposium in Denver on March 28, ultimately defeating a team of Ph.D. students from the Colorado School of Mines in the final round. The competition—which features teams of two people answering questions about geology and geophysics—is hosted by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, or SEG.

By winning the western region, Davis and Roberts will receive all-expenses-paid trips to compete against other winning teams from around the world at the society's annual meeting in San Antonio in September—a prospect the duo is positively giddy about.

"I've never been to San Antonio so I'm excited to experience a new place," Davis said. "The SEG is a fantastic venue where geoscientists and geophysicists can network. … My main goal is to get everything out of the experience that I can and use it to further my future career opportunities."

"I hear great things about the city," Roberts added. "The opportunity to meet other students and professionals in geology is a great benefit to events like this."

Though the Davis-Roberts tandem was the event's big winner, two other BYU teams also took part in the competition: Stephen Phillips and Steven Herbst finished third overall, and Walt Harston and Cameron Griffin also participated.

Despite facing off against students with higher education levels, BYU's students—mostly undergraduates—are regularly competitive in the upper echelons of this annual competition. BYU took third behind Stanford University and the University of Wyoming in the 2009 SEG quiz bowl and went to an "overtime" round before losing to eventual national champion Wyoming in 2010.

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