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BYU seeks to develop students of faith, intellect, and character. In addition to teaching classes, most BYU professors also conduct research in their academic field. Students – even at the undergraduate level – participate in research and publish their work alongside a faculty mentor. Here are the stories of what they discover together.

Daniel Ess and Doo-Hyun Kwon

New research from a BYU and Chevron Phillips team could help open doors to tackle “grand challenges in catalysis chemistry.”

Kaden Larson

At the tender age of two, Larson was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Doctors prescribed any activity that would keep Larson’s fingers in motion: finger painting, Play-Doh and piano.

Jared Blanchard was a team lead in the Mars Rover competition

Jared Blanchard will represent the graduates as the student speaker at BYU’s Commencement exercises this month. Like many of his fellow classmates, he has accomplished a lot during his time at BYU.

Ryan

He's run four 100-milers, including one in Alaska's sub-zero temps. In July, he'll take on the world's toughest footrace: 135 miles through Death Valley.

Hannah Bonner in Rock Canyon

While at BYU, Hannah Bonner led the BYU Mars Rover science team, published a book with maps of prehistoric Utah, studied landslide risks near the Three Gorges Dam in China and researched toxic algae blooms in Utah Lake.

They’ve created a device that attaches to the motor on automatic doors so that they open automatically as a wheelchair user approaches. Wheelchair users need only download an accompanying smartphone app

Scott Steffensen

Research led by BYU psychology professor Scott Steffensen is showing that acupuncture can have a very real impact at the neurological level, better helping those recovering from addiction.

Researchers from Utah State, BYU and University of Liege have learned that fibers bent at a certain angle can hold a lot more water than you would expect.

Alexa

A team of computer science students is one of eight selected to compete in Amazon’s Alexa Prize Challenge. They were given a $250,000 grant and tasked with programming a bot who can hold a conversation on a range of popular topics.

A group of BYU professors has found that giving students access to their personal biological data has a profound impact on their learning experience.