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Empowering women: A Q&A with the 2022 student commencement speaker

At BYU’s commencement exercises this week, University Honors student Emilee Carr will represent the graduates as the student speaker. A molecular biology major with a minor in chemistry, Carr, like her fellow classmates, has accrued many achievements as a BYU undergraduate.

Outstanding Honors Graduates

We congratulate Honors students named as the Outstanding Honors Graduates for 2022! Emilee Carr will represent all of the University’s graduates as the student speaker at BYU’s Commencement exercises this week. Rebekah Olsen and Lindsey Walker will share their remarks at our Honors Graduation exercises, and Amberlee Woodhouse will perform the musical number. Each of these students exemplifies the mission of the Honors Program and is a broad thinker, creative problem solver, and influential leader. Here we get to know a little about each of them:

Emily Quan Selected as the 2022 Truman Scholarship Finalist

Emily Quan, a Brigham Young University Honors Program student and computer engineering major, has been selected as a 2022 Truman Scholarship Finalist. The Truman Scholarship awards $30,000 to each of approximately 50 juniors throughout the country who demonstrate superior academic ability, exceptional leadership, and a strong record of service. This scholarship is the premier graduate fellowship in the United States for those pursuing careers as public service leaders.

Meet the 2022 BYU Fulbright Semi-Finalists

Six Brigham Young University students and alumni are semi-finalists for the 2022-23 Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, the Fulbright Program offers funding to graduates for a year of graduate study, research, or English teaching in over 140 countries with the goal to promote international goodwill.

Board Games, Card Games, and Legos: Playing out Pandemics and Plagues

With board games listed as mandatory class materials, it was clear that “Pandemics, Plagues, and Contagion” was going to be a unique class. It is team-taught by Dr. Marlene Esplin of the Interdisciplinary Humanities department and Dr. Mary Davis from the Microbiology and Molecular Biology department.

Honors Names West Scholars

It can be easy to assume that everyone else at BYU looks exactly like you or that they fit the majority demographic: white, middle-class American. This simply isn't true. We are surrounded daily by students who are first generation, identify as LGBT+, come from different family backgrounds, and are of distinct ethnicities.

General Education Associate Dean Creates Unexpected Connections

For most people, trolls, the environment, International Cinema and general education do not have a lot in common. But for Christopher “Chip” Oscarson, associate dean of General Education, these things have shaped his life and helped him create unexpected connections.

Ancestral Connections: Finding Magic Across Generations

Senior Family History student Heidi Riboldi is proving that history is more than just dusty books and ancient people. Studying Family History has led Heidi to a new understanding of her own family, as well as the formation of lifelong connections.

2021 General Education Professorship Recipient

At 6 feet 4 inches, Richard Watt towers above his CHEM 101 students and patiently answers question after question to bolster their confidence for the upcoming midterm. As Watt brings chemistry alive, his love for chemistry and his students is apparent.

Cougar Query: "When I have 30 minutes of free time, you can find me down a rabbit hole in FamilySearch"

Cougar Queries are a series profiling BYU employees by asking them questions about their work, interests and life. Today, we meet Shaunna George, business manager for BYU Undergraduate Education.

First-Year Mentoring More Contagious than COVID

Amid the thick of COVID-19, entities around the globe rushed to make necessary adjustments to keep people safe and stay in operation. The Office of First-Year Experience peer mentor program is no exception. Implementing changes was no easy task for First-Year Mentoring.

BYU Commencement Speaker

Outstanding Honors graduate Alyssa Baer represents the graduates at Commencement this week.

Brigham Young University’s Rachel Miner Named 2021 Truman Scholar

Brigham Young University junior and Honors student, Rachel Miner, has been named a 2021 Truman Scholar. She is one of 62 new Truman Scholars this year chosen from a record 845 nominations from more than 320 colleges and universities.
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Devotionals & Forums

Devotional: Adam T. Woolley

11:05 AM
Tuesday, May 17
Adam T. Woolley, the dean of Graduate Studies, will deliver a devotional address.
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Devotional: Paul B. Savage

11:05 AM
Tuesday, May 24
Paul B. Savage, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, will deliver a forum address.
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Devotional: Richard Osguthorpe

11:05 AM
Tuesday, June 07
Richard Osguthorpe, Dean of the David P. McKay School of Education, will deliver a devotional address.
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