Weekly Announcements

Course Evaluation Update

To: University of Utah Students

We are making important changes to the way we collect your feedback on courses.

This semester, the University of Utah is implementing a new student course feedback survey form. The new form, designed with input from students and faculty, asks fewer questions than the previous form but still gets at critical questions about your experience as a student.

Visit http://ctle.utah.edu/scf/students for more information about these changes. You can preview the new form athttp://ctle.utah.edu/scf/instrument.

Guidelines for Students

Although your responses are confidential, student course feedback is an important, formal document. Your responses are combined with feedback from your classmates and made available to other students to aide in selecting classes. Your feedback also becomes part of your instructor’s official record. Your instructor and your instructor’s department chair read your comments. It shows concern when you take the time carefully to comment on the course and your own learning.

Canvas Tool

We are implementing a Canvas tool to help you access the surveys for your courses. When your course feedback survey opens, you will be able to access the survey through a Canvas login prompt and navigation link, and your instructors will be able to check the current response rate using a Canvas navigation link. You and your instructors will continue to receive emails when the surveys open. The Canvas tool offers an additional way to access the same things. Visit http://ctle.utah.edu/scf/canvas for more information.

If you have questions about these changes, please contact the Student Course Feedback Program at scf@ctle.utah.edu.


Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence
University of Utah

CvEEN Tutoring
  • CvEEN has a free online tutoring service to help with your classes. See the flyer attached for information on scheduling with one of our tutors.
  • Classes offered are:
      • CVEEN 2010 - Statics
      • CVEEN 2140 - Strengths of Materials
      • CVEEN 3210 - Structural Analysis
Triangle Student Community
  • In a time where college has become more digital than ever, it's important for students to find new ways to meet, study, and hang out together online. Utah Triangle, a STEM organization here at the U, is running a digital campus to do just that! Built on the popular messaging app Discord, this digital campus is a fantastic way to get to know students from all across the U. You'll be able to join course group chats, digital study spaces, and online rec rooms, just like you could on our real campus.
  • You can log into this online campus at discord.utahtriangle.org!
  • If you have any questions, or if you are part of an organization that also uses Discord and would like to collaborate, reach out to chapter@utahtriangleo.org 
Graduate School Test Prep 
  • Spring course dates for Test Preparation are now available for registration. For students who are planning to go on to grad school or attain their PhD, taking a Test Preparation course helps gain confidence and the skills to do their best on the admittance exam. For a 20% discount good towards any course, use code “REFERRAL” at checkout, Register now! 
Financial Education:
  • Our center provides competent and confidential financial counseling services for students. Given the unprecedented time we are living in, our goal is to help students establish healthy financial habits and knowledge that can prepare them for life long financial success.
  • Some of the topics we cover are:
    • Budgeting
    • Student loans
    • Credit cards
    • Scholarships
    • Paying for school and more!
  • We are currently providing virtual and phone appointments. When campus is opened again, students can meet with a counselor in-person, and we take walk-ins as well! $3 of student fees funds our office so when they visit us they do not need to pay.
Financial Wellness Center Tax Assistance

Need help filing your taxes and make under $60,000? Our tax clinic is open for students and staff.
*Note, if your parents are claiming you as a dependent, you cannot claim yourself, but you can file for qualifying tax refunds.

Self-filing at TaxhelpUt.org

2021 Virtual Lightweight Fill Conference

Just a little update that as requested a special “Free” discount code was created for university students to participate in the 2021 Virtual Lightweight Fill Conference.

The Student Code is “LWFC2021STD

Register: https://lightweightfillconference.com/call-for-presentation-abstracts/  

Starting the Conversation: Diversity in STEM

You are invited to attend the Being Human in STEM virtual symposium on Monday May 3rd, 1-3pm led by students enrolled in the course Being Human in STEM (SCI 3900/HONOR 3990) in Spring 2021. Being Human in STEM investigates the themes of diversity and climate within STEM. The course combines academic inquiry and community engagement to understand how students’ identities shape their experience in STEM.

Topics will include:

Promoting conversation on diversity among faculty and students

Supporting and advocating for disabled students in STEM

Improving student retention through peer mentorship

Fostering inclusive classroom environments

Please find more information and the Zoom registration link at this page:


We look forward to seeing you at the symposium! 

College of Engineering Counselor

The best way to reach him is via email (jgao@sa.utah.edu)

His availability to provide counseling during the Spring semester:

  • *Students need to be physically in Utah. Out-of-state students can schedule an initial intake appointment, and I will help the student with community referrals.


Drop-in Consultation (“office hour”; no appointment is needed):

  • Anyone in the College of Engineering can “stop by” and have a brief conversation with me. I can help them address any stressors or challenges in their lives, answer questions or concerns they have about counseling/mental health, or direct them to the appropriate resources on campus or in the community. https://zoom.us/j/97630558380
    • Every Wednesday 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
    • Every Monday 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (newly added in the Spring)


Students can still schedule an appointment with other counselors by directly calling the University Counseling Center (UCC) at 801-581-6826.

  • *Students need to be physically in Utah. Out-of-state students can schedule an intake appointment and a follow-up case management assignment for community referrals.
  • UCC main office hours (Monday to Friday):
    • Mon, Thurs, Fri 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    • Tue, Wed 8:00 am – 6:00 pm


All students (receive counseling from other counselors or me) can have access to additional resources and services at UCC (https://counselingcenter.utah.edu/):


Also, the Mindfulness Center will continue to offer workshops and events for students and faculty/staff. For students who are hesitant to start counseling, this is an excellent way to learn self-management skills without any commitment.



Again, all the meetings will happen via HIPPA-compliant Zoom.


*The campus mobile mental health team will add a new residential counselor in the student dorm. I will share more information once I find out.


*Please remember, I will not be able to offer crisis intervention.

  • For non-life-threatening emergency, please call the counseling center to consult with an on-call therapist during business hours: 801-581-6826

(After hours, call UNI Crisis Line: 801-587-3000)

  • Or access the SafeUT app


  • If you have concerns about a student, please make a report to the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT), and BIT will reach out to the student if needed.

(When and how to make a report, see https://deanofstudents.utah.edu/bit/make-a-report.php)


For additional information, please refer to my webpage (https://www.coe.utah.edu/students/current/counseling)

Campus Contraceptive Care Clinic:
  • Located at the University of Utah Hospital, the CCCC is providing no cost contraceptive care for University of Utah students.
  • The latest research shows that access to sexual and reproductive health services (SRH), including contraception, has been significantly constrained during the COVID-19 🦠 pandemic. As many as 1 in 3 people report having pandemic-related delays or cancellation of SRH care. We're responding to the pandemic by using telehealth📞for virtual contraceptive counseling, obtaining prescriptions for contraception, and appointment setting for IUD, implant, and injection methods.
  • Schedule an appointment by calling clinic manager, Chelsea Daniels, at 801-213-1398
Summer Mindfulness Center Information

Unless otherwise noted, Mindfulness Center programming is open to all of the University of Utah community (students – undergraduate, graduate, and professional - faculty, and staff); is free; is available by Zoom (excluding holidays and breaks); and requires registration to attend. Informational flyers are provided via embedded links in each of the programs’ titles.

  • Drop-In Mindfulness are 30-minute facilitated meditations held on Tuesdays @ 12:30 PM. Drop-ins are ongoing and registration is not required. To attend, see our flyer.
  • Coping COVID Chaos is a 3-week workshop, which aims to help participants learn skills to manage distress, increase compassion, strengthen relationships, and connect with others who are dealing with the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic. The workshop meets Thursdays from 11 AM – 12 PM and starts July 1st.
  • Feel Better Now is a 4-week skill building workshop series, which is offered on Tuesdays 1 – 2 PM and Wednesdays from 1 – 2 PM. The workshop helps participants to build practical skills to cope with anxiety, depression, and stress. New series start May 18th.
  • Mental Coaching is a 4-week skill building workshop series for neurodiverse students wanting to improve planning, follow through, and time management. The series runs on Tuesdays from 3:30 – 5 PM and start on June 8th.
  • Mindful Work/Life Balance is a 4-week workshop series for U faculty, staff, and graduate students. The workshop introduces participants to mindful strategies for managing work/life stress. The series runs on Fridays from 11 AM - 12PM and starts June 4th.
  • Radical Self-Compassion for BIPOC Students is a 2-day workshop for U of U BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) graduate and undergraduate students. Workshops will focus on using mindful self-compassion as a source of healing and resistance. The workshop meets on Thursdays from 1 PM – 2:30 PM at starts May 26th.
  • We also offer programs, including providing mindfulness workshops in your office that may be relevant to your colleagues, staff, and/or team members. Please request a presentation!
  • Please see the Mindfulness Center webpage for more information, resources for enhancing resilience, mindfulness practices, and more!
For Job and Internship Opportunities visit https://www.coe.utah.edu/job-board/ or https://careers.utah.edu/

Help CvEEN with Department RPT

We need your help! We are looking for undergraduate and graduate students to provide student perspective for the Department Retention, Promotion and Tenure Actions.

Total time commitment of 10 - 15 hours during the summer and early fall.

Interested? Contact Tiffany Hortin.

Engineering Ambassadors Applications Open

Do you love Engineering?  Become an Engineering Ambassador!

Engineering Ambassadors are motivated students who represent the College of Engineering at recruitment, outreach, alumni, and development events. In this paid position, ambassadors provide demonstrations about engineering during K-12 visits, career fairs, and other local events. They also lead on-campus tours for school groups and other prospective students. This is a highly selective program as ambassadors work directly with the Dean’s Office in the College of Engineering.

Ambassadors should be well-rounded individuals with a love for the University of Utah and the College of Engineering! We are looking for students who have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently and in a team environment.

Here’s the link: https://www.coe.utah.edu/students/current/ambassadors/


NNSA Graduate Fellowship Program

The NNSA Graduate Fellowship Program is hiring highly qualified graduate students for fellowships in national security. Our positions are open to students actively pursuing their master’s or doctoral degrees as well as students who have achieved their graduate degrees within the past 18 months. Details about our program can be found in the attached brochure and on our website at https://www.pnnl.gov/projects/ngfp. The current application opens in March with a deadline of October 1, 2021 for positions that will begin in June 2022.

Register now for the Zoom information session

Bennion Center Student Leader Applications

The Bennion Center is now accepting applications for new student leaders to fill around 80 open positions in a variety of our community engagement programs.  Previous engagement with the Bennion Center is not required to apply and the positions are open to all majors.  This is a great way to get involved outside of the classroom, build personal connections, earn leadership experience, and make a difference in our community.

The available student leader positions are for the following programs:

  • Alternative Breaks
  • Bennion Scholars
  • Communication Team
  • Community Engagement Cohorts
  • Community Partnership Programs
  • Utah Reads

Here are the best ways to get started:

About Us:

The Bennion Center is the community engagement hub on campus. We connect students, faculty, and staff to community engagement through experiential learning, volunteering, and leadership opportunities.

SPUR Research Opportunities:
  • The Office of Undergraduate Research at the University of Utah is pleased to announce that the student application for the 2021 Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) is now available! For more information or to apply, visit https://our.utah.edu/spur/.
  • While we are hoping for an in-person SPUR experience, given the structure of SPUR (many participants are not U students and/or are not local to Salt Lake City) and depending on U policy for summer 2021 (on-campus research and/or U-related travel restrictions), we are prepared to offer a fully remote SPUR experience should events necessitate the transition.
    • SPUR provides undergraduates with an intensive 10-week research experience under the mentorship of a University of Utah faculty member. SPUR 2021 will begin on May 26 and end on August 5. Program benefits include:
      • $4,000-$5,000 stipend
      • On-campus housing*
      • Travel reimbursement*
      • Social programming
      • Professional development events
      • Publication and presentation opportunities
      • *Travel reimbursement and the use of on-campus housing is contingent upon U travel and/or housing policy for spring 2021 and/or summer 2021 semesters.
  • If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Megan Shannahan at  megan.shannahan@utah.eduor 801-581-8070.
Mathnasium of Cottonwood is hiring for the summer and beyond.

See flyer for details

SEAU Scholarship 

SEAU is now accepting applications for our 2021-2022 SEAU Scholarship.  If you are a Junior, Senior, or graduate student in the civil or structural field, please apply this opportunity with them.  Applications will be accepted until May 31st.

To apply, please fill out the following form: SEAU Scholarship Application

For additional information please visit: seau.org/Scholarships