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Harry S Truman Scholarship Awarded to U of U student

Secretary Madeleine K. Albright, president of the Harry S Truman Scholarship Foundation, announced University of Utah’s Bryson Morgan as one of 65 students selected from 56 U.S. colleges and universities as a 2007 Truman Scholar. Read More

March, 2007 from the U

In Katrina’s Wake

\”The way you live your life is inherently a political act,\” quotes honors student Katie Trieu, referring to a statement posed at the beginning of a unique semester-long course that took her and 18 other students to the heart of Hurricane Katrina\’s destruction in New Orleans. The honors service-learning course opened their eyes to the economic, political, social, and health issues related to the disaster. The trip to New Orleans brought the issues home. Read More

Engineering an Education for Kids

Some 1,500 fifth- and sixth-graders from 17 schools will erect towers of drinking straws, catapult marshmallows and build clay fish during March 26-29 as the University of Utah College of Engineering hosts Elementary Engineering Week. “We want to introduce young students to engineering concepts via hands-on activities,” says Deidre Schoenfeld, who organizes the event as the college’s outreach and diversity coordinator. “We hope these fun activities will encourage them to continue studying math and science.” Read More

Science Fair to Feature 237 High School Projects

The Utah Science Center and the University of Utah will host the 2007 Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair March 28-29 on the 4th and 5th floor of The Tower at Rice-Eccles Stadium on the university campus. The 2007 event is expected to be the largest Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair ever, with 237 entries, compared with 183 entries last year. Students in grades five through 12 from Salt Lake, Granite, Murray and Tooele school districts will participate. Select projects from grades K-4 will also be featured. In addition, several exhibits from the Leonardo on Wheels-Science, the science center’s educational outreach program, will be on display. Read More

Combating the Loss of 4 Million College Degrees

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation today awarded a $1 million grant to the University of Utah as part of a $10 million nationwide initiative aimed at significantly increasing college enrollment and graduation among first-generation high school students. Following in the tradition of the AmeriCorps and Teach for America programs, the College Advising Corps initiative will recruit and train University of Utah seniors to work full time as advisers for one to two years following graduation. Read More