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Past Participants

RET participants learn about grand challenges in industry, perform lab research on industry-relevant problems, and visit industrial sites. This emphasis on industrial activity and research allows teachers to design labs and activities with fresh applications to careers in chemistry and biochemistry, inspiring their students to pursue further education and careers in the industry.


Russ Blair

  • School: Crimson Cliffs High, Washington, UT
  • BYU Faculty Mentor: Roger Harrison
  • Project: Synthesis and characterization of zinc oxide nanoparticles
  • Years of Participation: 2018

2018 & 2019

Robert Adamson

  • School: Lone Peak High School, Pleasant Grove, UT
  • BYU Faculty Mentor: J.C. Price
  • Project: Quantification of protein turnover rates by mass spectrometry
  • Years of Participation: 2018 and 2019

2019 & 2020

Clark Andersen

  • School: Orion Junior High School, Harrisville, UT
  • BYU Faculty Mentors: Brian Woodfield, Dr. James Patterson
  • Projects: 1) Measuring heat capacities of Li-Al clays at ultra-low temperature and 2) use of non-linear optics to study aging and mechanical deformation in an elastomeric material
  • Years of Participation: 2019 and 2020

2021 & 2022

Lindsey Hansen

  • School: Carbon High School, Price, UT
  • BYU Faculty Mentors: Dr. Richard Watt
  • Projects: 1) Effect of Cytosolic Factors on Iron Chelation and 2) How Glutathione and Homocysteine Modulate Iron Metabolism and Oxidative Stress in Chronic Inflammation
  • Years of Participation: 2021 and 2022

2022 & 2023

Christopher Walter

  • School: Innovation Early College High School, Salt Lake City, UT
  • BYU Faculty Mentors: Dr. David Dearden
  • Projects: Calculating the Cavity Volume of a Capped Cucurbit[5]uril
  • Years of Participation: 2022 and 2023

RET Translation to K-12 Experiments and Activities

RET participants write a classroom lesson plan based on their research project and aligned with the Utah SEEd Standards.

Below are links for new experiments. Please email Professor Rebecca Sansom for additional details (