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.

Dates and Location

Keynote Presentation: Sam Sternberg, Ph.D
Friday, October 27, 2023
5:00 p.m.
Eccles Science Learning Center, Room 130
USU Campus

Saturday, October 28, 2023
8:30 a.m.
Larry W. and Lindi Miller Champion's Club
West Stadium Center, USU Campus


Registration Deadline to Receive Shirt: October 11, 2023
Final Registration Deadline (no shirt): October 22, 2023
Registration Fee: $30.00
Register for Friday AND Saturday

Registration Deadline: October 22, 2023
There is no registration fee associated with Friday attendance.
RSVP for Friday ONLY


Contact Ida Walters at ida.walters@usu.edu or Tia Lawrence at tia.lawrence@usu.edu.

Hansen Life Sciences Retreat 2021 Logo

2022 Hansen Life Sciences Retreat Logo and Group Photo
2022 Hansen Life Sciences Retreat Logo and Group Photo

R. Gaurth Hansen

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 received many prestigious national accolades. He was named USU Distinguished Professor Emeritus in 1985 and retired from Utah State in 1994.