Utah State students who earned their bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering and math have been named the winners of the U.S. News and World Report STEM Challenge at the University of Utah.
The competition is part of the University’s STEM Academy program.
Utah State was the first school in the state to participate in the competition, which honors graduates with degrees in science and technology, math, engineering, computer science and statistics.
Students were able to submit their research for consideration by a panel of U.N. experts and selected professors from across the country.
The finalists received $1,500 in cash prizes and a $100 Amazon gift card.
Utah students who are interested in pursuing a career in science or technology can take the challenge online and complete a STEM certification exam.
The U.K.-based STEM Academy is a partnership between the Ucas Science and Engineering and Arts Institute and the University College London.
The academy is open to students from around the world and aims to prepare them for careers in science.
Utah is also known for its work on the ground in the field of science and engineering, said Ucas President and CEO Peter Gorman.
He said the school has seen a rise in interest from around 100 universities and research institutes from across Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Utah will host the first round of competitions later this month.
In addition to STEM Academy, the university has created the Utah STEM Challenge to reward STEM graduates who have successfully completed their bachelor of science degree in the sciences.
The state has been in the forefront of advancing science education and is recognized for its advanced STEM programs.
Utah has also seen an increase in STEM students who have graduated, said Utah State Extension spokeswoman Emily Hinkle.
The university has more than 100 STEM graduates in its STEM Academy.
Utah also has two state-of-the-art research centers, one for high school science and the other for undergraduate research.
Students are encouraged to research their own interests in science in the fields of biology, chemistry, geology, biology and medicine.