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RET Developed Experiments

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 application to careers in chemistry and biochemistry, inspiring their students to pursue further education and careers in the industry.

Past Participants


Russ Blair, Crimson Cliffs High

School, Washington, UT

BYU Faculty Mentor: Roger Harrison

Project: Synthesis and characterization of zinc oxide nanoparticles

Years of Participation: 2018

Robert Adamson

Robert Adamson, 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

Clark Andersen

Clark Andersen, 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

Lindsey Hansen

Lindsey Hansen, Carbon High School , Price, UT

BYU Faculty Mentors: Dr. Richard Watt

Projects: Effect of Cytosolic Factors on Iron Chelation

Years of Participation: 2021 and 2022

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 (