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Mentored students presented and competed for prize money at the largest Mentored Research Conference to date

Graduate winners
Graduate Winners
Photo credit: McKay Creative

Each year, teams of BYU faculty mentors and students submit their research-based posters to the McKay School Mentored Research Conference. More teams than ever before participated in this year’s conference.

The record-setting 101 teams consisted of 44 faculty mentors and 172 students from the McKay School and secondary education departments across campus.

“[The Mentored Research Conference] is an opportunity to showcase the outstanding research that’s happening in the McKay School and secondary education departments located in other BYU colleges once a year,” said Lynnette Christensen, who organizes the event each year.

A picture of undergraduate winners.
Undergraduate Winners
Photo credit: McKay Creative

The conference is also an opportunity for students to work closely with faculty and receive invaluable mentoring.

The posters are first reviewed by a research committee composed of McKay School faculty. From there, the top five posters from graduate students and the top five posters from undergraduate students move on to the second round. Each team has seven minutes to present their research and poster to a panel of judges, consisting of faculty and alumni, who then choose the winners.

Listed below are this year’s winners:


A table of the winners.
Graphic Credit: Laurie Bradshaw 


The prize money, which comes from a generous donor, goes to both students and faculty. “When the student wins, the mentor gets an equal amount in their research account,” explained Christensen. 

“The magic about this conference every year is the outstanding students who get to talk about what they’ve been working on, what they’re passionate and excited about, and the experience they’ve had,” said Christensen. “It’s about mentoring relationships, which are powerful, but it’s also about that student learning opportunity. That’s the energy of the whole thing.”

Writer: Jake Gulisane
Contact: Cynthia Glad (801) 422-1922