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Impact Magazine

Dean's Message

Part of Brigham Young University’s unique light derives from its keen focus on and commitment to its mission and aims. As a professor teaching molecular biology, I found that my ability to serve, lift, and educate students increased as I focused on the aims of providing spiritually strengthening, intellectually enlarging, and character building experiences in my classrooms and lab. Having this clear and ambitious university standard amplified my light as a faculty member by helping me decide how to allocate my most precious classroom resource: time.

When I stepped into the role of dean of the College of Life Sciences in July of 2022, I felt impressed to engage in an introspective exercise with our college community to evaluate how the College of Life Sciences adds to BYU’s unique light. Now, at the culmination of our year-long effort to determine what we as a college value most, I am delighted to present the College of Life Sciences’ newly articulated vision, mission, and values.

Rectangular graphic with a dark blue border. At the top is the BYU College of Life Sciences logo. On the left side, the section labelled Vision reads, Inspire learning and discovery in the life sciences for the benefit of the world. Below that, the section labelled Mission reads, We cultivate an environment that inspires learning and discovery bathed in the light of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. We study and celebrate the diversity and unity of life. We engage students in excellent academic instruction and student-centered scholarship to prepare the next generation of life science leaders and innovators who will serve throughout the world. The right side, divided by a thin line, is labelled Values. Each of the four values is bolded with text underneath. Discovering Truth: We value scientific and spiritual truths and affirm that all truths are compatible. 
Christlike Community: We value Christlike compassion, respect, and kindness in all our interactions.
Academic Excellence: We value an excellent academic environment where students are inspired to reach their highest potential.
Student-Centered Scholarship: We value substantive student engagement to produce scholarship that benefits the world.

The formal expression of these guiding principles centers us firmly in the university’s mission, aims, and strategic priorities. It provides a reference point to guide our decisions as we focus on fulfilling President Russell M. Nelson’s declaration at the dedication of the BYU Life Sciences Building in April 2015: “For students, there is nowhere better to confront the questions shared between science and religion than in the College of Life Sciences at Brigham Young University.”

Respectfully yours,

Hand-drawn cursive signature reads Laura C Bridgewater, with a large circular scrawl over the last name starting at the r. Serif font below reads Laura C. Bridgewater, and smaller italics underneath read "Dean, College of Life Sciences."