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February 2020

Aiming for More

Donations to the university help students integrate their total BYU experience - their faith and reasoning, their knowledge and conduct, their public lives and private convictions - into a fundamentally sacred way of life.

The Inspiring Learning Initiative helps more students do this. In 2018, more than 6,342 students had inspiring learning experiences, which were funded by donors like you. Thank you. Here are some of their inspiring stories.

BYU Stories

A BYU student builds a block tower with a young girl.

BYU Working to Uncover How Media Affects Families

Project aims to understand the long-term effects of media on children.

Emily Neiderhauser with her laptop by a window in the Joseph F. Smith Building.

Learning by Receiving and Giving

With her mother gone, Niederhauser, who is the youngest of five children, felt added pressure to cover her college education expenses herself.

Katie Hart smiling.

Tenaciously Beating the Odds

From drugs and homelessness to succeeding at BYU In the accounting program. Hear from one grateful student. Full Story

Jonathan Hales writes mathematical formulas on a whiteboard.

Adding to Mathematics

Mathematics student Jonathan Hales says it was mentored learning that helped him develop a method that researchers can use to analyze equations.

A large group of BYU students at the Cannes Lion International Festival of Creativity.

A Creative Epiphany

While on a study abroad scholarship in Cannes, France, Ad Lab student Maddy Thompson got to work on some ad campaigns for major brands. It was there that she had an epiphany about her potential.

A human foot with several motion capture sensors.

Using Tech to Decipher Your Gait

With the help of a Fulton grant, Spencer Petersen is using a combination of resources that measures the forces under the foot to research the role your big toe plays in the simple act of walking.

Oscar Ignacio Jimenez smiling

Making a Sundance-Honored Film

Oscar Ignacio Jimenez and Luis Fernando Puente were ecstatic to learn that the short film they made would premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Josh Robinson on stage with other contestants.

Starring on a Chinese Reality Show

Josh Robinson entered a BYU language competition, and soon found himself competing at a global level with much of the competition broadcast on China television to millions of viewers.

Bruna Gonçalves using a laptop, and a child is visible through a glass window watching an animation onscreen.

Interacting with Marla the Fish

Student researchers use an animated fish to teach social interaction to children with autism.

The sun shines over the mountains behind the J. Reuben Clark Law School.

Pulling Back the M&A Curtain

Law student got to be mentored by the largest law firm in the United States, as part of the first-ever BYU Law Deals Academy in New York City.

Seven BYU Engineering students in a Mongolian ger or tent house.

Warming Hearts and Gers

Mongolia has a massive air quality problem that poses a serious health risk, especially to children. Some engineering students tackled the life-and-death problem as part of their engineering Capstone project.