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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 quiz bowl brainiacs compete on NBC’s Capital One College Bowl

September 27, 2022
Years of studying, hours of watching Jeopardy, and a general love of learning have landed three Brigham Young University students on a nationally televised stage this fall as they showcase their trivia chops on season two of NBC’s “Capital One College Bowl.”
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It just makes cents: BYU study shows children need hands-on experience to learn financial responsibility

September 22, 2022
Children who are given opportunities to manage money when they're young are more likely to be financially responsible as they enter adulthood, says a new study from BYU.
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BYU study: Wearing a pedometer — even if you don’t look at it — may boost step counts

September 20, 2022
Almost half of American adults don’t meet recommended weekly physical activity levels, but new BYU research suggests a surprisingly simple way to help increase exercise time: just strap on an activity monitor.
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When college students can't afford to eat: A Q&A with a BYU nutritional science professor about food insecurity

September 08, 2022
As the fall semester gets underway, too many U.S. college students will face bare kitchen cupboards and empty refrigerators. Food insecurity among this population is a quiet epidemic, one that BYU nutritional science professor Rickelle Richards — who experienced food insecurity herself as a college student — hopes to illuminate through her research.
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Children with autism benefit when parents are trained to provide at-home interventions

September 05, 2022
Training and empowering parents to offer at-home interventions to children with autism spectrum disorder helps children improve in positive behaviors and language communication skills says a new study from BYU.
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School wellness centers: An innovative response to student stress and suicide

August 31, 2022
Of the 752 students, 124 parents, and 69 staff surveyed, all three groups believed the wellness center reduced students’ anxiety and depression. Students who were more likely to experience marginalization or extra stressors reported that they used and benefited from the center the most.
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BYU research debunks widespread spaceflight lore

August 30, 2022
When the Saturn V rocket propelled man to the moon in 1969, the blast from the rocket’s engines was tremendous. The monumental event gave rise to widespread claims that the acoustic force of the rocket melted concrete and ignited grass fires miles away. New research from BYU debunks this common myth.
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Back to the Future: BYU profs find 50s-era solution to modern engineering mystery

August 30, 2022
A group of BYU researchers have traveled back in time to solve a seemingly irreconcilable scientific mystery that has confused engineers and chemists for nearly two decades. And while they didn’t actually hit 88 miles an hour in a DeLorean like Michael J. Fox, the team did end up in the same time frame as Marty McFly, where they found the answer to a metals processing conundrum that has popped up in modern academic research.
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First known depictions of two biblical heroines uncovered in ancient Jewish synagogue

August 23, 2022
Almost every summer since 2011, BYU faculty and students have joined a consortium of universities led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to excavate the synagogue in the ancient Jewish village of Huqoq, on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee. This year’s work on the building’s beautiful mosaic floor, which dates from the late fourth – early fifth century C.E., yielded a unique discovery: fragments showing Jael and the prophetess Deborah.
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New healthcare leadership minor prepares BYU students to tackle industry challenges

August 15, 2022
BYU’s burgeoning Healthcare Leadership Collaborative (HLC) is a cross-campus organization that connects BYU students to an extensive network of healthcare industry experts, providing them with valuable experiential learning opportunities.
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Students who love lunchtime are more likely to feel belonging at school says BYU study

August 14, 2022
Students who enjoy lunchtime are more likely to feel that they belong at school; which is correlated with better academic outcomes and better mental health.
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400 million voting records show persistent gaps in voter turnout by race, age, and political affiliation

August 10, 2022
A new study from BYU and the University of Virginia analyzed 400 million voter records from elections in 2014 and 2016 and found that minority citizens, young people, and those who support the Democratic Party are much less likely to vote than whites, older citizens, and Republican Party supporters. Moreover, those in the former groups are also more likely to live in areas where their neighbors are less likely to vote.
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BYU students design affordable water filtration device to help provide clean water in Pakistan

August 02, 2022
A group of BYU engineering students decided to use their expertise to help with water quality challenges in Pakistan. The team of capstone students designed a prototype for an affordable, easy-to-use water filtration device that could easily be sourced and built in the Asian country of 220 million.


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Forum: Something about mental health

July 26, 2022
Carl L. Hanson, BYU professor of public health, delivered Tuesday's forum address on campus. He discussed how we can obtain optimal mental health by better understanding it ourselves and being willing to be an advocate for others who struggle with mental illness.
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Unboxing videos on YouTube: What parents need to watch for

July 22, 2022
Parents are increasingly tasked with the burden of educating their children about the repertoire of tactics used by advertisers.
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Utah owes many of its most quirky expressions to pioneers, says research from BYU linguist

July 20, 2022
“Sluffing” school, saying you “fill” sick, the particular pronunciation of “t” in “mountain”: many will recognize these peculiarities of Utah speech, but are any of them truly exclusive to Utah?
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Awards season 2022: BYU students reap scholarships, first-place finishes

July 06, 2022
BYU students continue to make an impact in various fields of study – and they’ve got the hardware, awards and scholarships to prove it.
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As the U.S. obesity epidemic grows, new BYU study shows who is most likely to be part of it

June 23, 2022
BYU researchers found that more than half of American adults in a new study gained 5% or more body weight over a 10-year period. What’s more, more than a third of American adults gained 10% or more body weight and almost a fifth gained 20% or more body weight.
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