Henry Crandall is the recipient of the 2023 Ivory Community Leadership Award. The award was established by Clark Ivory, former chair of the University of Utah Board of Trustees, and seeks to enhance the undergraduate experience, encourage student involvement, and promote leadership. The award includes a $2,000 prize and $10,000 to invest in programs/efforts led by the recipient.
The award recognizes Crandall’s work as co-president and co-founder of the BioHive Student Chapter, a student-led initiative developed to strengthen ties between undergraduate and graduate students to Utah’s thriving life sciences, digital health, and biotech industries. The chapter provides outreach projects, workshops, events, and professional development opportunities where students can connect with industry professionals and peers.
Crandall’s studies focus on the intersection of electricity and the human body—specifically, the use of electricity to extract health data, and building new algorithms for noninvasive monitoring of cardiac health. “This fits perfectly with the digital health focus of BioHive,” he says. “My experience with BioHive has given me a glimpse into how people in industry are tackling similar healthcare challenges. It has connected me with future collaborators and business partners and given me some extra inspiration to complete my degree.” He continues, “I am deeply grateful to the Ivory Foundation and the Ivory Family for this award. It will undoubtedly be one of the peaks of my academic journey.”
With the $10,000 donation from the Clark and Christine Ivory Foundation, the BioHive Student Chapter will be able to expand the quantity and quality of resources it provides for the campus community. Crandall encourages students from all disciplines to come check out BioHive. “We need students at all levels and from all degrees to help expand our mission.”