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Welcome to the November edition of the eNewsletter. With the fall semester now more than halfway over, we’ve realized that we’ve had a wonderful selection of events and activities. We’re proud to endorse these events in the hopes that they might inspire our students to see the effects of science and math in the world away from school.

The Chemistry & Biochemistry and Physics & Astronomy Departments have been busy putting on exciting shows to amaze both students and local residents. Chemistry Week students vaporized Swedish Fish for the first time on campus, and the BYU Acoustics Research Group exploded balloons at deafening decibels. These creative students showed the more entertaining side of science, reminding audience members that science is not all work and no play.

We here at CPMS have been very impressed with the ingenuity and scholarship of our students. We are continually amazed by their dedication to find answers to intriguing questions. Their research efforts and competition results are a sure indication of the hope for the future of science and math. With these students leading the way, the possibilities are endless.

Recently, some of our students in the Department of Geological Sciences brought home the championship of the 2011 Society

of Exploration Geophysicists’ Challenge Bowl. They competed against the top schools in the country, and their victory was an enormous triumph for the entire college. These students were able to have the opportunity to interview with ExxonMobil, a leader in the energy industry. We continue to seek more opportunities like this, where our outstanding students can network and find career opportunities.

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GEOLOGY STUDENTS BRING HOME SEG CHALLENGE BOWL TITLE

Matt Davis and Forrest Roberts, from BYU’s Department of Geological Sciences, brought home the championship of the 2011 Society of Exploration Geophysicists’ Challenge Bowl.

Davis and Roberts teamed together to win the Challenge Bowl title for the first time in BYU’s history. The SEG Challenge Bowl is the premier university-level geophysics competition for college students. Top geophysics students from across the world qualified in regional competitions to compete in the international competition held in September in San Antonio, Texas.

Davis and Roberts qualified in March to represent the western US in the world finals after defeating the Colorado School of Mines. Their all-expenses-paid journey to San Antonio provided them not only the opportunity to compete among top geophysics students but to network with leading industry professionals.

“If you’re involved in geophysics, you come to this thing,” Roberts said. “It’s a huge convention. . . . It’s a really good opportunity to just meet and network with people.”

The competition is similar in format to Jeopardy and features questions related to geology, geophysics and the history of the SEG. Participants must buzz in correct answers to questions before their opponents.

Davis and Roberts drew upon the knowledge they gained in their geology classes at BYU to prevail over Nigeria in a landslide victory during the final round. The BYU team also knocked out five of nine teams during the first round of the international competition.

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

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