What is happening in the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department?

Graduation May 2024

Graduation Reception 2024

Chemistry & Biochemistry Majors surround the student of the year, Wyatt Legas, celebrating the end of the semester and for some the end of their time here at Utah Tech. We are very proud of our students and cannot wait to see what they do. Pictured left to right: Reno Blackmore, Jordan Colmenero, Tyler Reed, Ashley Staten, Wyatt Legas, Jenna Olivier, Eli Bliss, Nya Black.

A Utah Tech University student and her groundbreaking research on the structure of animal hair was one of four researchers highlighted by the American Chemical Society in March 2024.

Millett’s research focuses on the structure of animal hair and how it changes during the seasons. After studying pronghorn antelope, mule deer, and Rocky Mountain elk hair using a scanning electron microscope at Utah Tech, Millett found that the summer hair of the animals had air pockets that measured, on average, 13 micrometers in diameter, while the winter hair air pockets had around double the diameter.
Millett’s research is continuing as she reaches out to zoos around the world for hair samples and to compare results. “What started as a small project has now become something I never imagined,” Millett said. “I’m deeply grateful for the guidance and support from my professors, Dr. Wendy Schatzberg and Dr. Samuel Tobler. Their mentorship has been instrumental in my growth as a researcher.”
Millett will also be researching how to apply her findings, which could range from usage in new types of insulated clothing to benefitting housing insulation.

Graduation Reception 2023

Trailblazer Expo Fall 2022

Graduation May 2022

End of the Semester Celebration April 27th 2022

The end of the semester brought out a competitive streak amongst Chemistry & Biochemistry students and professors. They enjoyed the beautiful weather in Toniquint Park as the semester came to an end and competed against each other in cornhole, volleyball, and spike ball. Impressive talent was shown by both the students and professors! The ChemClub also put a little color in those white coats of theirs using tye-dye, they were serenaded by various karaoke singers while they worked. It was such a great way to end the semester together. Congratulations to the graduates Landon, Brianna, Riley, Jase, and Freddy, may your future shine brighter than the rays of the St George sun.