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Clockwise from left: Emily Quan, Chad Pollard, Olivia Fisher and Isabella Errigo. All four BYU students have received prestigious scholarships and awards.

Regardless of discipline, BYU students continue to make an impact in diverse fields of study – and they have the materials, awards, and scholarships to prove it.

While it’s impossible to recognize every award-winning student on campus, these highlights reflect the extensive academic work and creative abilities of our Cougars.

Emily Quan (Engineering)

Emily Quan has been named a 2022 Truman Fellow, one of 58 recipients chosen from more than 700 applicants nationwide. The Truman Fellowship recognizes college juniors who display exceptional leadership potential and are committed to bringing about change through public service. The scholarship provides each student with $30,000 for graduate study, leadership training, and scholarship. Quan’s achievement marks the second straight year that a BYU student has received a Truman scholarship. Upon graduation, Quan hopes to use her cybersecurity skills to contribute to America’s cybersecurity efforts as a public service leader.

Isabella Errigo (life sciences)

Isabella Errigo has been named a 2022 Fulbright Scholar. The Fulbright program provides students with funding for a year of research and study in more than 140 countries with the aim of promoting international goodwill. Errigo earned his undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and International Development at BYU and is currently pursuing a Masters in Environmental Science and Sustainability. His studies focus on the impact of forest fires on rivers and streams. Thanks to the Fulbright scholarship, Errigo will spend 10 months in Ecuador learning how different farming practices affect aquatic biodiversity in the Amazon.

Olivia Fisher (physical sciences and mathematics)

Olivia Fisher has been named a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. The prestigious Goldwater Scholarship awards up to $7,500 to students who wish to pursue careers in the natural sciences or engineering and mathematics. Fisher is a research assistant in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, where she works with Dr. Dennis Della Corte. Fisher plans to pursue a doctorate. in systems biology after graduation.

Ally O’Rullian (Fine Arts and Communications)

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The first photo taken by photographer Brooklyn Jarvis.

Ally O’Rullian won first place and $10,000 at Hearst’s 62nd Annual National Championship Contest in the television category. She was one of 29 female journalism students nationwide to compete in national writing, photojournalism, audio, television and multimedia championships. She also won an additional $1,000 prize for Best Use of Television for News Coverage in the Hearst Competition.

Chad Pollard (life sciences)

Chad Pollard won first place in the BYU Student Innovator of the Year competition with an invention related to diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease. By using public datasets to identify a neural DNA signature, Pollard helped create new techniques to revolutionize the way Alzheimer’s disease is first detected.

Andy Brewer and Collette Jones (Fine Arts and Communications)

Andy Brewer won the Audio Engineering Society’s Gold Medal for Best Sound Design and Best Mixing for the collaborative animated film “Stowaway.” Collette Jones composed the music for the short. The animated film recently won a Student Emmy award.

Brooklyn Jarvis and Matthew Norton (Photo BYU)

Two BYU Photo student employees received national recognition in the annual photo contest held at the annual conference of the Association of College Photographers of America. Matthew Norton’s photos won third and fourth place while Brooklyn Jarvis’ images won first and second place. See their award-winning images here.



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