Highlights from BYU colleges


College of Family, Home and Social Sciences

  • Professor Scott Steffensen worked with a lab in South Korea to conduct research on acupuncture’s impact on neurobiology. The research showed that acupuncture could benefit those recovering from addiction.
Psychology professor Scott Steffensen conducted researching finding acupuncture to be beneficial to those recovering from addiction. (Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology

  • A team of BYU students placed first in the Shell Eco-marathon Americas competition. The students created a custom-built vehicle called the BYU SMV that records 1,985.4 miles per gallon.
The BYU SMV took first place in the 12th Shell Eco-marathon Americas competition. (Eric Kayne/AP Images for Shell)

Marriott School of Business

  • Finance professor Todd Mitton received the Outstanding Faculty Award during the Marriott School’s annual year-end awards luncheon. Other faculty members were also honored for their outstanding teaching, research and service.
Todd Mitton addresses attendees of the Marriott School’s year-end awards luncheon after receiving the Outstanding Faculty Award. (Marriott School of Business)

David O. McKay School of Education

  • A BYU student, a faculty member and an alumna each received honors in Utah Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Conference. Kurt Cottle received the Jeanette Misaka SCEC Student of the Year Award, professor Heidi Nelson received the Hilda B. Jones Special Educator of the Year Award, and alumna Leah Voorhies was recognized as the Stevan J. Kukic Special Education Administrator of the Year.
From left: BYU student Kurt Cottle and professor Katie Steed, earned the Jeanette Misaka SCEC Student of the Year Award at this year’s Utah Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Conference. (Kurt Cottle)
  • Children’s literature professor Terrell Young has dedicated his career to books. Young has been an officer with the United States Board on Books for Young People since 2013 and will serve on the Newbery Award Committee.
Children’s literature professor Terrell Young has dedicated his career to reading and studying children’s books as well as teaching future teachers. (Terrell Young)

College of Fine Arts and Communications

  • Music performance student Kaden Larson was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis when he was 2 years old. Larson was told to do any activities that would keep his hands active, including piano. By the age of eight, his arthritis was in remission.
Music performance student Kaden Larson used the piano to aid his diagnosis of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis since he was a young child. (Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
  • Directing major Howie Burbidge was diagnosed with stage four lymphoma in January 2017. For his senior capstone project, Burbidge created a film expressing the idea that trials are still overcome even for those who die while enduring their trials. His film titled “Gather” will premiere in September 2018.
Directing student Howie Burbidge directed a film for his capstone project that’s symbolic of his experience with stage four lymphoma. (Howie Burbidge)

College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

  • Ph.D. student Zann Anderson received a grant of $13,125 to research how computers influence hiking. The research project will focus on hikers’ use of social media as well as how apps can improve the hiking experience. The project is estimated to be completed in October 2019.
Ph.D. student Zann Anderson received a grant to study the influence of technology on outdoor activities like hiking. (College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences)

College of Nursing

  • Nursing graduate student Barrett Raymond and associate professor Katreena Merrill conducted research finding some e-cigarettes contain 20 times as much nicotine than advertised. They tested the solutions of the seven largest manufacturers of e-cigarettes and compared the nicotine levels to those advertised.
Nursing graduate student Barrett Raymond presenting his findings at a Tobacco Nicotine Research Symposium in Florence, Italy. (Barrett Raymond)

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