Nov. 4, 2023
8:00 am  -  3:30 pm ET

2023 West Michigan Regional Undergraduate Science Research Conference

Save the Date  |  2023 WMRUGS Research Conference  |  Saturday, November 4, 2023

The annual West Michigan Regional Undergraduate Science (WMRUGS) Research Conference provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to present their own research to a large and supportive group of professional scientists. Attendees will also hear stimulating talks on current topics in biology, chemistry, computer sciences, environmental sciences, math, neuroscience, physics, psychology and more. The research conference includes a keynote speaker, research posters presented by undergraduate students, Graduate school recruiters/representatives will be on hand to discuss opportunities with their institutions and internship/employment recruiters will be available to discuss opportunities with their organizations.

The registration period for the 2023 WMRUGS Research Conference is from mid-July to mid-October.

Have questions on preparing for the 2023 WMRUGS Research Conference? Contact Michelle Love at undergrad@vai.edu.

Organizing Committee

Jennifer Hess, Ph.D. (Aquinas College)
Keith Grasman, Ph.D. (Calvin University)
Eric Nybo, Ph.D. (Ferris State University-College of Pharmacy)
Mark Staves, Ph.D. (Grand Valley State University)
Dwight Williams, Ph.D. (Kalamazoo College)
Kristin Dittenhafer-Reed, Ph.D. (Hope College)
Heidi Lempradl, Ph.D. (Van Andel Institute Graduate School)

Want to sponsor the 2023 WMRUGS Research Conference? Contact Michelle Love at michelle.love@vai.edu.

Board dimensions are 60” W x 40” H and printed posters should be no larger than those dimensions. Push pins will be provided for your posters. DO NOT use poster puddy on the boards per the request of Van Andel Institute’s Office of the Chief Scientific Officer. Even-numbered posters will present from 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM. Odd-numbered posters will present from 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM. Posters are not judged. To present a poster at WMRUGS, presenters must satisfy the following two criteria:

  1. Be currently enrolled in a science/research degree program as a:
    • Community college student
    • Undergraduate college student
    • Formalized program for a post-baccalaureate student
    • Terminal level master’s student
    • Medical student
  1. Have conducted research, used experimental methods and developed results in one of the following scientific disciplines:
    •  Astronomy
    • Biochemistry
    • Bioinformatics
    • Biology
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Biomedical Sciences
    • Biostatistics
    • Biotechnology
    • Cell and Molecular Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computational Biology
    • Computer Science
    • Ecology and Evolution
    • Engineering
    • Environmental Science
    • Forensic Biology
    • Geography
    • Geology
    • Immunology
    • Mathematics
    • Microbiology
    • Molecular Biotechnology
    • Neuroscience
    • Nursing
    • Pharmacology
    • Physics
    • Physiology
    • Psychology

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Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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Event Details

Venue: Van Andel Institute 333 Bostwick Ave. NE Grand Rapids

Contact Info:

Email: Michelle Love