WMRUGS Research Conference

West Michigan Regional Undergraduate Science Research Conference

2020 WMRUGS Date: Friday, November 6, 2020 and Saturday, November 7, 2020


The annual West Michigan Regional Undergraduate Science Research Conference (WMRUGS) brings together nearly 400 students and faculty for a day of learning and networking. Via virtual platform, students will share the story of their research project with other college students, faculty, research scientists and other college students, as well as build their network of peers with similar interests and experiences. Attendees will also hear stimulating talks on current topics in biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, neuroscience, physics, and more. Graduate school, professional school and medical school recruiters will be on hand to discuss educational opportunities with their institutions. Internship and employment recruiters also will be available to discuss opportunities with their organizations.


Due to technical issues, registration opens: Monday, September 21, 2020. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Registration Deadline: Monday, October 26, 2020

Keynote Speaker

Information on the 2020 WMRUGS keynote speaker coming soon.

Undergraduate Student Talks

Information on the 2020 WMRUGS undergraduate student talks coming soon.

Graduate Student Talk

Information on the 2020 WMRUGS graduate student talk coming soon.

Schedule of Events

Please note, all times are listed in the U.S. Eastern time zone

Friday, November 6, 2020

Virtual Conference

  • Welcome / Title Sponsor Presentation and Keynote Sponsor Presentation / 4:00 pm – 4:15 pm
  • Keynote Speaker and Q& A Session / 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Break / 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
  • Graduate Student Talk and Q&A Session / 5:15 pm – 5:45 pm
  • Break / 5:45 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Poster Session and Q&A Session / Even-Numbered Posters / 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Fair: Graduate School, Medical Schools, Professional Schools and Employers

  • Recruiters available between 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Virtual Conference

  • Welcome and Poster Session Sponsor / 11:00 am – 11:15 am
  • Undergraduate Student Talks / Aquinas College, Calvin University and Ferris State University / 11:15 am – Noon
  • Break / Noon – 12:15 pm
  • Poster Session and Q&A Session / Odd-Numbered Posters / 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
  • Undergraduate Student Talks / Grand Valley State University, Hope College and Kalamazoo College / 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
  • Conclusion / Closing Remarks / 2:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Poster Session

Information on the 2020 WMRUGS poster format coming soon.

Sponsorship Information

The West Michigan Regional Undergraduate Science Research Conference is celebrating its 14th annual day of learning and networking in a virtual format. The conference attracts 400 or more attendees for this one-day research event. Sponsorship opportunities are available at various levels. Please contact Michelle Love for further information at Michelle.Love@vai.edu.

Click here to download sponsorship sheet and benefits.


2020 Title Sponsor

Organizing Committee

Elizabeth Jensen, Ph.D. (Aquinas College), Keith Grasman, Ph.D. (Calvin College), 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), Mary Winn, Ph.D. (Van Andel Institute Graduate School).

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