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Intellect

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.

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BYU researchers play central role in state's approval of drought-resistant grass in Utah

July 17, 2024
In the midst of a sweltering heat wave, the state of Utah this week approved a type of grass that will have a critical impact on future water conservation — and a couple of BYU professors (and their students) have been a key part in making it happen.
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It's not rocket science... it's rocket engineering: BYU's Rocketry Team wins big again

July 11, 2024
The BYU Rocketry Team and their Utah-inspired rocket named “Alta” got on the podium three times, earning two first prizes and a second-place finish at the 2024 Spaceport America Cup.
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BYU study reveals fireworks’ impact on air quality

July 01, 2024
Fireworks' dazzling displays bring hidden dangers to Wasatch Front air.
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Don’t sink, or you’ll have to swim: Collegiate concrete canoe competition (yes, it’s a thing) comes to BYU

June 28, 2024
It’s summer, so naturally students are spending a lot of time out on the water in kayaks, paddle boards and canoes. If you’re an engineering student, apparently those canoes have to be made out of concrete.
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Championing heritage: BYU student Naloni Felix helps bring Native American stories to schools

June 27, 2024
From a young age, BYU student Naloni Felix cherished her heritage. She fondly remembers learning Native American traditions from her grandmother and watching her grandfather meticulously hand-craft beautiful Native American jewelry.
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Q&A with President Reese on "building a covenant community"

June 24, 2024
n this Q&A series with President Reese, he shares more about the seven initiatives he shared in his 2023 inaugural response and how they apply to BYU employees.
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BYU professor, partners create first-ever risk guide to help organizations safely adopt AI

June 20, 2024
Hoping to help companies of all sizes responsibly harness the power of AI while also managing its risks, professors from Brigham Young University, Arizona State University and the University of Duisburg-Essen have collaborated with software company Boomi and consulting firm Connor Group to create the first-ever enterprise risk framework for generative artificial intelligence.

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BYU-created water cycle resources adopted by USGS for nationwide use

June 18, 2024
The USGS, the nation’s largest water, earth and biological science agency, has tapped resources created by BYU to help teach school children coast-to-coast about water science in modern times. The new images, created by an interdisciplinary group of BYU scientists, educators and creatives, include a much-needed modernized version of the water cycle.
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I love to see the (LEGO) temple...

June 12, 2024
In the HBLL's Special Collections exhibit area there is a Lego exhibition with a uniquely gospel tie. From Lego recreations of paintings of the Savior to model replicas of iconic LDS temples, “Brick upon Brick: Creativity in the Making” is an exhibit like no other.
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Meet the BYU student helping the Texas Rangers save runs and win big

June 11, 2024
Melville's equations pinpointed opportunities for the team, suggesting slight adjustments that would position the outfielders to make crucial plays. By his analysis, these changes could prevent 22.5 more runs compared to the MLB average – a calculated risk that was well worth taking, especially as the pennant race heated up.
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Your internet-connected home devices could be compromising your security. BYU computer engineers have a solution

May 29, 2024
It seems like just about every new household device connects to the internet these days. Thermostat? Check. Doorbell? Yup. Washer and Dryer? In 2024, of course. Even pet feeders connect to WiFi now to be controlled by an app. But all is not well because many of these devices can pose security risks to home networks.
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Forum: Great temples of learning on temple hill

May 21, 2024
Just as temple worship fortifies us to accomplish spiritual tasks, the academic “temples” of BYU campus give us light and power to serve others through knowledge, taught BYU plant and wildlife sciences professor Rick Jellen in the Distinguished Faculty Lecture at Tuesday’s forum.
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Q&A with President Reese on “dare to be different”

May 16, 2024
In this Q&A series with President Reese, he shares more about the seven initiatives he shared in his 2023 inaugural response and how they apply to BYU employees
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Notable achievements and scholarship wins highlight BYU awards season 2024

May 10, 2024
While it’s impossible to recognize every award-winning student, these highlights capture the considerable work and creative capabilities of our Cougars during the past academic year.
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BYU professors using game-changing strategies to prevent injuries, promote wellbeing in youth athletes

May 07, 2024
BYU professor Matt Seeley created the Strong Youth Project after watching all five of his children participate in youth sports. While he loves the many invaluable benefits of youth sports, he laments that his children often miss family activities for practice or face pressures to compete in sports during the offseason. These concerns have fueled his collaboration with professors from disciplines across BYU’s campus to improve organized sport experiences for youth, parents and coaches.
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New BYU computer science study shows four ways students are actually using ChatGPT

April 23, 2024
The results of a new BYU study show that students are taking advantage of OpenAI’s interactive, iterative nature to converse with ChatGPT as they might with an instructor.
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BYU animation, AdLab students win Student Emmys

April 18, 2024
BYU continues to be well-represented at the College Television Awards.
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From campus to cinema: BYU students win Coca-Cola Refreshing Films contest

April 17, 2024
The next time you settle into a recliner at your favorite movie theater and the pre-movie ads start rolling, be on the lookout for a Coca-Cola Refreshing Films branded spot created by BYU students.
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