This month we are pleased to announce the appointments and reappointment of department chairs. John McBride was appointed as the chair of the Department of Geological Sciences, replacing Scott Ritter who served for the past six years. Mike Dorais has also been appointed as associate chair, replacing John McBride who previously served as associate chair. Richard Vanfleet has replaced Ross Spencer, who served for the past six years as the chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, while Grant Hart has replaced Harold Stokes as the associate chair in that department. Greg Burton will continue to serve as the chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry along with his associate chairs, John Lamb and Adam Woolley. Their leadership will continue to help their departments flourish.
It has now been three years since we launched our redesigned website. Over the course of having cpms.byu.edu, we have expanded our ability to reach our current and prospective students, alumni, faculty, and supporters. Along with the college website, our marketing team has developed into a skilled team that works hard to publicize events in the college, recruit potential majors, and inform about research being done.
We are constantly updating our website with news stories. We invite you to visit our website frequently and read about many exciting and interesting events that are taking place in the BYU world of mathematics and science.
Over a year ago, we asked for your help in finding a research development specialist to assist faculty in their pursuit of research funding. Conrad Monson, our research development specialist who joined us just over a year ago, has been a great asset in helping faculty find funding for their research.
His work has also opened up additional opportunities for our students in terms of mentored research. Through our on-campus mentorship program, undergraduate students who successfully apply for these mentorships receive funding to conduct cutting-edge research in their field of choice. Working alongside their professors, these mentored students are able to gain experiences that they consistently identify as one of the most valuable parts of their education.
Furthermore, mentorships can be incredibly helpful to students financially.
A large percentage of our students need employment now to help support their college education. Mentored research allows our students to work their way through school while also enhancing their future career prospects. It’s an astounding opportunity that I wish we could provide to every single one of our qualified undergraduates.
While money provided through college funds and through the research grants of our professors provides a very significant level of support for our students, there is still so much more we can do with the financial backing of our alumni and friends. Many of you have contributed significantly, and we are grateful for the added support we are able to provide to our students because of your generosity.
If you would like to help sponsor a mentorship and open up a whole new world of possibilities for one of our students, please contact Brent Hall via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Brent can provide more information for you and even let you review student applications if there is a particular student or research area you would be most interested in.
We are also still accepting submissions for the Memory Bytes section of Frontiers. You can email us at email@example.com with your anecdotes (of up to 200 words) about memorable times you may have had in our college.
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