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Studying soil across the globe

May 10, 2021
Growing up in small, agricultural Terreton, Idaho, prepared Emilee Severe (‘21) to study environmental science and sustainability. She was raised around farmers and irrigation systems and worked for an irrigation company in high school. “I would drive boats up and down streams, and I was always in the canal bank,” she says. Now at BYU, she has the chance to learn the science behind what she saw in the streams.
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Microbiologist takes her studies around the world

April 16, 2021
Honored Graduating Student: Emma Stucki (MMBio)
With the variety of experiences microbiology major Emma Stucki had at BYU, the one common thread has been shifts in perspective. “I always have enjoyed learning things in school that help me better understand the world around me.”
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Making a difference in public health

April 16, 2021
Honored Graduating Student: Alyssa Baer (HLTH)
Alyssa Baer wanted to study Public Health at Brigham Young University before she even knew she was accepted. The soon-to-be Life Science grad grew up immersed in the healthcare industry.
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From student to science teacher

April 16, 2021
Honored Graduating Student: Amanda Aamodt (BIO)
When BYU student Amanda Aamodt (’21) first saw the required ecology class on her schedule, she wanted to put it off as long as possible.
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Majoring in a healthy lifestyle

April 16, 2021
Honored Graduating Student: Alexis Gardner (NDFS)
Growing up as the sixth of seven kids in her family, Alexis Gardner (‘21) often heard her older sisters talk about diets and health trends. Instead of joining in on the conversation, Gardner did her own research on diet and nutrition.
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Living the dream as a scientist

April 15, 2021
Honored Graduating Student: Kristina Cass (PWS)
Graduating from the BYU Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences, Cass is living her dream as a scientist. She joined the environmental science program because she loves trees.
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Passion for progress

April 15, 2021
Honored Graduating Student: Christina Blackmon (ExSc)
Christina Blackmon’s motto has always been “passion for progress,” even when it hasn’t been easy. As a member of the BYU track team and an honored exercise science student in the College of Life Sciences, it would be easy to overlook the journey that brought Blackmon to where she is today. 
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Female Medical School Applicants on the Rise

March 12, 2021
In 2020, a historic 53.4% of medical school applicants were female. However, applicants from BYU do not reflect the national trend as only 13-15% of all BYU medical school applicants are female. The Association of Future Female Physicians is established to support female students and address the challenges.
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ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE, A DISORDER OF A ‘STARVING BRAIN’

March 02, 2021
Alzheimer’s disease is a metabolic disorder of the brain, impairing the ability to metabolize glucose while maintaining the ability to metabolize ketones. New research out of BYU substantiates a growing body of evidence indicating a strong correlation between AD and a disrupted metabolic state, where the brain can’t get enough energy.
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What can you do with a life science degree? Ensure food security and clean water for sub-Saharan Africa and Asia

August 05, 2020
An international palate encourages life science graduate Gretel Tam to have a global impact.
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Utah Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Awards and Scholarships

NDFS faculty and students were recognized with distinguished awards and scholarships by the Utah Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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College of Life Sciences Alum Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

May 01, 2020
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is designed to recognize the efforts of exceptional graduate students, allowing them to make further advances in their field of research. It is a competitive program whose past recipients include Nobel Prize winners. Fellows receive a three-year annual stipend and a cost of education allowance, covering tuition and fees to the institution where the student will be conducting research.
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Biology Master's Student Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

April 22, 2020
When Beka Greenall, a biological science education master’s student in the College of Life Sciences, received an email from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), she was thrilled to read she had been chosen.
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Addressing Social Disparities Through Dietetics

April 17, 2020
Melinda Morco-Sieng, a graduate student in Nutrition, Dietetics, & Food Science focuses on how international students adjust their diet when they come to study in the U.S. “If we can figure out what these students are struggling with,” she says, “then we can help them adjust to life here.”
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Promoting Health and Nutrition Through Education

April 15, 2020
Working with Bountiful Children's Foundation to create and refine a curriculum that helps mothers better nurture their children is one of Public Health graduate student Lexi Sayer's educational highlights.
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Exploring New Research Avenues For Neural Tube Defects

April 14, 2020
In addition to making groundbreaking discoveries in embryonic development, Physiology & Developmental Biology graduate student Micah Ross works to build a better community for BYU graduate students.
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Influencing Environmental Change from Iran to Utah

April 08, 2020
Plant & Wildlife Sciences PhD student Sara Sayedi wanted to use science to change public policy in her home country of Iran, but the political climate offered her limited options to enter the public policy arena. After learning about the available research opportunities at BYU, she saw a new possibility to influence environmental change.
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December 2019 Graduate Receives Utah Academy of Nutrition Award

December 16, 2019
As a well-rounded intern with the ability to grasp new concepts quickly and present work clearly, Mandy Mathews is admired by her faculty and peers.
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