April 24, 2014
Writer: Brian Baker
Certificates were awarded to students on April 3 at the Research and Creative Works Conference (RCW) by the Idaho Academy of Science (IAS) and the American Society for Quality (ASQ).
IAS, founded in 1958, seeks to promote science education in Idaho. One of their primary activities is encouraging student learning and projects in science, technology, engineering, and math at BYU-Idaho.
"Presenting awards for a few projects that seem to exemplify good scientific research or development methods is meant to encourage the students and teams, as well as faculty, to continue the excellent work and to improve and grow the participation," said Stevan Hunter, a BYU-Idaho adjunct faculty member involved with IAS.
Hunter said that since giving awards is one of the ways IAS promotes involvement in science, it hopes to continue to participate in the RCW and give awards to BYU-I students.
According to its website, "ASQ is a global community of people dedicated to quality who share the ideas and tools that make our world work better."
Ben Stutzman, who is involved with ASQ, said they want to recognize and encourage students whose work reflects the rigor and discipline ASQ strives to promote.
Stutzman also said that ASQ will continue to participate in the RCW and give awards.
According to Hunter, the quality of the RCW, and the fact that it is student-run, is beginning to attract more organizations outside of the University.
"I think you can expect to see increased visitors and perhaps award presentations from other organizations in the future," he said.