WMRUGS Research Conference

West Michigan Regional Undergraduate Science Research Conference

The 2018 WMRUGS Research Conference will take place November 10, 2018 at Van Andel Research Institute.
The annual West Michigan Regional Undergraduate Science (WMRUGS) Research Conference provides an outstanding opportunity for undergraduate students to present their own research to a large and supportive group of professional scientists. The program includes a keynote speaker, research posters presented by undergraduates as well as research talks by undergraduate and graduate students from regional colleges and universities. Graduate school recruiters/representatives will be on hand to discuss opportunities at their institutions, and internship and employment recruiters/representatives will be available to discuss opportunities with their organizations.

Attendee Registration   Recruiter Registration

Schedule of events

8:30  AM | ARRIVAL AND POSTER SETUP, Cook-Hauenstein Hall

9:00  AM | WELCOME/OPENING REMARKS, Tomatis Auditorium 

9:15  AM | KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Tomatis Auditorium 

10:00 AM | POSTER SESSION I, Cook-Hauenstein Hall
Presenters at even-numbered posters 
Refreshments served

11:25 AM | UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT TALKS (4), Tomatis Auditorium 
12 minute talks, 3 minutes for Q&A (for each student)

12:25 PM | LUNCH, Cook-Hauenstein Hall

1:25 PM | POSTER SESSION II, Cook-Hauenstein Hall
Presenters at odd-numbered posters 

2:50 PM | GRADUATE STUDENT TALKS (2), Tomatis Auditorium 
15 minute talks, 5 minutes for Q&A (for each student)

3:30 PM | CONCLUSION 

Poster information

Presenters will stand by their posters in either the morning or afternoon sessions based on the assigned poster number. Even-numbered posters will be presented in the morning (poster session I) and odd-numbered posters will be presented in the afternoon (poster session II).

  • Poster board dimensions are 60” W x 40” H;
  • Due to space limitations, the maximum number of posters is 159;
  • VARI will only provide push pins to hang posters. Please, DO NOT use poster putty or double-sided tape on poster boards.

Internship and employment recruiters

Please check back soon for recruiter information.

Graduate school recruiters

Please, check back soon for recruiter information. 

Hotel Information

Hampton Inn by Hilton – Medical Mile/Michigan Street
433 Dudley Place, NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Driving Distance: 0.8 miles/5-7 minutes
Phone: 616.456.2000

Holiday Inn – Downtown
310 Pearl Street, NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Driving Distance: 0.8 miles/5-7 minutes
Phone: 616.235.7611

CityFlats Hotel
83 Monroe Center, NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Driving Distance: 0.5 miles/5-7 minutes
Phone: 616.451.1892

Riverfront Hotel – Grand Rapids (formerly Radisson Hotel)
270 Ann Street, NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Driving Distance: 2.3 miles/6-8 minutes
Phone: 616.363.9001

Courtyard Marriott
11 Monroe Avenue, NW
Grand Rapids, MI
Driving Distance: 0.8 miles/5-7 minutes
Phone: 616.242.6000

JW Marriott
235 Louis Campau Street, NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Driving Distance: 0.7 miles/5-7 minutes
Phone: 616.242.1500

Amway Grand Plaza – Downtown
187 Monroe Avenue, NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Driving Distance: 0.5 miles/5-7 minutes
Phone: 616.774.2000

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham
2701 East Beltline, SE, (near 28th St)
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Driving Distance: 9.9. miles/16-18 minutes
Phone: 616.957.8111

Homewood Suites – Downtown Grand Rapids
161 Ottawa Avenue, NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Driving Distance: 0.3 miles/5-7 minutes
Phone: 616.451.2300

Additional hotel options near Gerald R. Ford International Airport are below:
(Approximately 13 miles from Airport to Van Andel Institute in downtown Grand Rapids)

Clarion Inn and Suites (2.4 miles from Gerald R. Ford Airport/9.9 miles from VAI)
4981 28th Street Southeast
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Phone: 1616.956.9304

Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts (2.1 miles from Gerald R. Ford Airport/10.5 miles from VAI)
5700 East 28th Street Southeast
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Phone: 1.877.270.1393

Sleep Inn & Suites Grand Rapids (2 miles from Gerald R. Ford Airport/10.9 miles from VAI)
4284 29th Street Southeast
Grand Rapids, MI     49512
Phone: 1.616.975.9000

Springhill Suites Grand Rapids Airport SE (1.77 miles from Gerald R. Ford Airport/9.6 miles from VAI)
5250 28th Street Southeast
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Phone: 1.888.287.9400

Parking and ticket validation

The 2018 WMRUGS Research Conference will be held at Van Andel Research Institute located at 333 Bostwick Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Please see the address below for Ramp 1 for Ellis Parking near VARI:

25 Michigan Street, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Parking is FREE. When entering the parking ramp, please take a pink parking ticket at the gate. You will receive a white validated ticket at the conference which validates your parking when exiting the parking ramp. When exiting the parking ramp, please submit the pink parking ticket first and then the white validated parking ticket. If you need special accommodations while attending this event, please contact Michelle Love at undergrad@vai.org and identify where we can help. Download parking instructions by clicking here.

Sponsorship Information

The West Michigan Regional Undergraduate Science Research Conference is celebrating its 12th annual day of learning and networking. The conference attracts 300 or more attendees for this one-day research event. Sponsorship opportunities are available at various levels.

Sponsorship Information

Please contact Michelle Love for further information at Michelle.Love@vai.org or 616.234.5581.


Title Sponsor

Organizing Committee

Drs. Jiyan Ma (VARI), Viviane Labrie (VARI), Eric Xu (VARI), Galen Hostetter (VARI), Jennifer Hess (Aquinas College), Keith Grasman (Calvin College), Mark Staves (GVSU) and Greg Fraley (Hope College).

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