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Hansen Life Sciences Retreat

The mission of the Hansen Life Sciences Retreat is to bring together faculty and students from diverse departments at Utah State University who are all working toward understanding biological processes at the molecular level.

2019 Hansen Life Sciences Retreat Logo

This logo, was unveiled at the 2019 retreat. A new logo will be introduced during the 2020 virtual gathering.

September 18-19, 2020
This year, the event will be held virtually. Details will be distributed to those who register.  

Registration to attend this event closed August 31.

Please contact Erin Russell ( if you have questions. All participants presenting a poster need to submit a 3-5 minute pre-recorded research presentation (mp4 file) and abstract (document). Please submit by close of business by 9/9.  

Hansen Life Sciences Retreat 2020

2019 Hansen Life Sciences Retreat Group Photo – Riverwoods Conference Center2019 Hansen Life Sciences Retreat Group Photo – Riverwoods Conference Center
R Gaurth Hansen photo

The Hansen Life Sciences Retreat honors the memory of renowned biochemist R. Gaurth Hansen (1920-2002), a gifted scientist, teacher and administrator, who spent much of his career enriching Utah State University. A Cache Valley, Utah native, Hansen began his undergraduate studies at Utah State, before transferring to the University of Wisconsin, where he completed bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.

Hansen joined USU's faculty as an academic vice president in 1968, and was soon promoted to provost. His efforts contributed to a twenty-fold increase in the university's research budget. In addition to his administrative and teaching endeavors, Hansen published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in professional journals, and he received many prestigious national accolades. He was named USU Distinguished Professor Emeritus in 1985 and retired from Utah State in 1994.