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Within the college this summer, we have students involved in using super computers to generate the properties of new materials, others researching how color affects the eye’s perception of depth, or tracking the glacial levels of the Himalayas. Other groups are working to develop crystals that more efficiently absorb sunlight, and others are studying MOST, or Mathematical Opportunities in Student Thinking—just to name a few.

However, opportunities for research are not limited to just the students. Whether engaging in research on campus or at other locations, our faculty members take advantage of these summer months to do research and to write up that research for publication. We have faculty members researching devices that can determine the elements of gaseous solutions, and others discovering hotspots of highway accidents, among many other endeavors.

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The BYU Department of Computer Science's animation program brought home two new student Emmys for their work on "Owned" and "Chasm".

2014 Student Academy Winners

BYU Wins Big at Student Emmys and Student Academy Awards

BYU continues their tradition of presenting high-quality work at the College Television Awards and receive their 15th and 16th Student Emmys in the process.

For more than a decade now, you could say that the BYU Center for Animation has “owned” the animation category at the College Television Awards, commonly called the “student Emmys.”

On April 23, 2014, the tradition continued with BYU winning its 15th and 16th student Emmys in 11 years. Fittingly, this year’s big winner is titled “Owned.”

“Owned” took the first place award in animation and “Chasm” earned the first place award in music composition. For Richard Williams, who composed the score for “Chasm,” he’s done some owning himself. It’s his second student Emmy personally.

“Owned” is a comedic animated short. The brainchild of co-director Wesley Tippetts, it documents the experience of a pompous, disheveled video game champion, Jeff, who is brought to his knees in an online gaming experience against an unknown opponent. The opponent ends up being a baby, Abby. A twist near the end of the short results in a life-changing experience for the gamer.

Tippets said he’s proud of how the short turned out, how the team worked together and the BYU animation program as a whole. The students have a sense of responsibility to continue the award-winning tradition.

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