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Saturday is Science Day at the U

High school students handle organs during a human anatomy workshop during last year’s Science Day at the U, the University of Utah’s largest recruitment event. This year’s event is Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014.


            What: Utah, Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming high school students attend science workshops and receive academic advice about attending college at the University of Utah

            Date: Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014

            Time: 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

            Place: Olpin Union Building and various classrooms on the University of Utah campus


Nov. 10, 2014 – The University of Utah’s 26th annual Science Day expects some 600 high school students from Utah, Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming to visit campus and learn about science courses and research opportunities Saturday, Nov. 15.

Science Day, the university’s largest student recruitment event, will be held from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Olpin Union Building and in classrooms and labs in various buildings of the College of Science and College of Mines and Earth Sciences.

There is no cost to students, parents or educators. Lunch is provided. Students can attend by registering online at through Nov. 12.

News media representatives are welcome to cover the event.

The event provides 29 workshops taught by U professors. Students may attend three workshops of their choice to learn more about science courses and research opportunities, and meet faculty members.

“The University of Utah is a leader in cutting-edge research and science education,” says Lisa Batchelder, academic program manager for the U’s College of Science. “We hope Science Day will give a sense of this excitement and will encourage students to take part in the countless opportunities we offer.”

Students may check in at 8 a.m. and receive academic advice and view research posters at 8:30 a.m. Henry White, dean of the College of Science, will open the first session at 9 a.m., followed by a keynote talk from Kirk Ririe, CEO at BioFire Defense.

Parents and faculty also may attend a workshop at 1:30 p.m. titled University Admissions 101: How to Prepare Your Student, provided by the Office of Admissions.

Workshops that may be of interest for media representatives include:

– The Science of Death and Mayhem: 9:45 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 11:45 a.m. in the James Talmage Building, room 140. Forensic dentist Doug Wyler will discuss the need for forensic dentists in accidents, murder investigations and mass disasters.

– Drunken Sailors in Disordered Cities: 9:45 a.m. in the LeRoy Cowles Building, room 222. Firas Rassoul-Agha, professor of mathematics, will explain how a drunken sailor could navigate a city, and how that relates to real-world phenomena such as radioactive wave propagation.

– Human Anatomy: 10:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. in the James Talmage Building, room 230. Mark Nielsen, head of the U’s anatomy program, will guide students through the anatomy of the brain, heart and other organs with cadaver materials.

Other workshops include visiting with scientists and engineers to create mentorships throughout the year, as well as educating students on the programs for women in science.

Science Day is sponsored by EnergySolutions, Rio Tinto Kennecott and IM Flash Technologies.

For more information, and to register, please contact the College of Science at 801-581-6958 or visit for a complete schedule of events.