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WMRUGS Research Conference

The annual West Michigan Regional Undergraduate Science Research Conference (WMRUGS) brings together students and faculty for two days 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 will also be available to discuss opportunities with their organizations.

THE 2021 WEST MICHIGAN REGIONAL UNDERGRADUATE SCIENCE RESEARCH CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD IN A VIRTUAL FORMAT

Save-the-Dates:

Friday, November 12, 2021 and Saturday, November 13, 2021

Attendee/Presenter Registration | Deadline to Register: October 25, 2021 Recruiter Registration | Deadline to Register: October 18, 2021

Keynote Speaker

2021 WMRUGS Keynote Speaker
Amy Hauck Newman, Ph.D.
Scientific Director, National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA) – Intermural Research Program (IRP)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH Profile: https://irp.drugabuse.gov/staff-members/amy-hauck-newman/

Undergraduate Student Talks

Undergraduate Student Speakers  |  To be updated mid-October

Aquinas College: TBD

Calvin University: TBD

Ferris State University – College of Pharmacy: TBD

Grand Valley State University: TBD

Hope College Student: TBD

Kalamazoo College Student: TBD

Graduate Student Talk

2021 WMRUGS Graduate Student Speaker

Rachel House, Van Andel Institute Graduate School PhD Candidate – Cell and Molecular Genetics
Alumnus: Calvin University – Bachelor of Science, Biology
Research Mentor: Matthew Steensma, M.D.
Student Profile: https://vaigs.vai.org/students-alumni/students/rachel-house/

Schedule of Events

ALL TIMES ARE LISTED IN THE U.S. EASTERN TIME ZONE (EST)

Friday, November 12, 2021

Virtual Conference

  • Welcome  |  4:00 pm – 4:15 pm  | Virtual Platform: Zoom
  • Keynote Speaker and Q&A Session  |  4:15 pm – 5:00 pm  | Virtual Platform: Zoom
  • Break  |  5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
  • Graduate Student Talk and Q&A Session  |  5:15 pm – 5:45 pm  | Virtual Platform: Zoom
  • Break  |  5:45 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Poster Session and Q&A Session  |  Even-Numbered Posters  |  6:00 pm – 7:15 pm  | Virtual Platform: Slack

Saturday, November 13, 2021

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

  • Virtual Recruiter Booth Hours  |  8:00 am – 3:00 pm  | Check the WMRUGS website and program (pdf file) for individual recruiter virtual hours

Virtual Conference

  • Welcome  |  11:00 am – 11:15 am  | Virtual Platform: Zoom
  • Undergraduate Student Talks  |  Aquinas College, Calvin University and Ferris State University  |  11:15 am – Noon  | Virtual Platform: Zoom
  • Break  |  Noon – 12:30 pm
  • Poster Session and Q&A Session  |  Odd-Numbered Posters  |  12:30 pm – 1:45 pm  | Virtual Platform: Slack
  • Undergraduate Student Talks  |  Grand Valley State University, Hope College and Kalamazoo College  |  1:45 pm – 2:30 pm  | Virtual Platform: Zoom
  • Conclusion  |  Closing Remarks  | 2:30 pm  |  Virtual Platform: Zoom

Poster Presenter Eligibility | New for 2021

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

Abstract Submissions and Poster Sessions

Abstract Submissions

To prevent duplicate submissions, the principal presenting author-student is responsible for submitting the poster title and abstract. Poster titles must have no more than 125 characters, and abstracts must have no more than 1200 characters. Please do not enter your presentation title or abstract in all CAPS. Please use sentence case for your presentation title and abstract.

Poster Information  |  Poster Sessions

Poster sessions will take place on both Friday, November 12, 2021 and Saturday, November 13, 2021. Even-numbered posters will present from 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm EST on Friday, November 12, 2021. Odd-numbered posters will present from 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm EST on Saturday, November 13, 2021. This year’s poster sessions and discussions boards/chat forums will be hosted virtually via Slack. Details and instructions for uploading posters via Slack will be provided at a later date to the Principal Presenting Author-Student that submitted abstract information for the program. Details for viewing posters and participating in the Slack discussion boards/chat forums will be provided to all registered attendees.

Recruiter Contact Information, Virtual Platforms and Virtual Booth Hours

Recruiter contact information will be updated on a weekly basis.

INDIANA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Website: go.iu.edu/IBMG
Priority Ph.D. Application Deadline: December 1, 2021  |  Final Ph.D. Application Deadline: January 3, 2022
WMRUGS Virtual Platform and Recruiter Booth Hours on Saturday, November 13, 2021: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm EST  |  Zoom

Recruiter Contact Information
Brandy Wood, Assistant Director – IBMG for PhD Study
Email Address: biomed@iupui.edu

Mailing Address
Indiana University School of Medicine
635 N. Barnhill Drive
MS 207
Indianapolis, IN 46202

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, THE
Website: osbp.osu.edu/
Ph.D. Application Deadline: December 1, 2021
WMRUGS Virtual Platform and Recruiter Booth Hours on Saturday, November 13, 2021: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST  |  Zoom

Recruiter Contact Information
Franci Brink, OSBP Program Manager
Email Address: osbp@osu.edu 

Mailing Address
Biochemistry Program
The Ohio State University
484 W. 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

PURDUE UNIVERSITY
Website: purdue.edu/gradschool/pulse/
Ph.D. Application Deadline: December 1, 2021
WMRUGS Virtual Platform and Recruiter Booth Hours on Saturday, November 13, 2021: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm EST  |  Zoom

Recruiter Contact Information
Lindsey Springer, Graduate School Specialist
Email Address: lbcampbe@purdue.edu

Mailing Address
Purdue University
Ernest C. Young Hall, Room B-40
155 S. Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907 

SANFORD BURNHAM PREBYS MEDICAL DISCOVERY INSTITUTE – GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
Website: sbpdiscovery.org/education/graduate-school
Ph.D. Application Deadline: December 6, 2021
WMRUGS Virtual Platform and Recruiter Booth Hours on Saturday, November 13, 2021: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST  |  Zoom

Recruiter Contact Information
Paula Checchi, Ph.D. – Program Manager of Recruitment and Outreach
Email Address: pchecchi@sbpdiscovery.org 

Mailing Address
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
10901 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN – SCHOOL OF KINESIOLOGY
Website: kines.umich.edu
Ph.D. Application Deadline: December 1, 2021  |  Doctor of Philosophy in Movement Science
Master’s Application Deadline: February 1, 2022  |  Master’s of Science in Athletic Training  |  Master’s of Science in Movement Science
WMRUGS Virtual Platform and Recruiter Booth Hours on Saturday, November 13, 2021: 8:00 am – 11:00 am EST  |  Zoom

Recruiter Contact Information
Charlene Ruloff, Manager of Graduate Student Affairs
Email Address: cruloff@umich.edu
Tahirah Gimson, Coordinator of Graduate Student Affairs
Email Address: tgimson@umich.edu

Mailing Address
University of Michigan – School of Kinesiology
830 N. University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1048

VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE  |  INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS
Website: vaigs.vai.org/undergrad-research/
Career’s Website and Job Openings: vai.org/careers/
Undergraduate – Summer Internship Program Application Period: December 1, 2021 – February 1, 2022
Medical – Internship Application: Begins December 1, 2021  |  Rolling application period until positions are filled  |  2-Positions
WMRUGS Virtual Platform and Recruiter Booth Hours on Saturday, November 13, 2021: 8:00 am – 11:00 am EST  |  Zoom

Recruiter/Representative Contact Information
Michelle Love, Senior Administrative Assistant
Email Address: undergrad@vai.edu

Mailing Address
Van Andel Institute
Mailstop: 103C/234 DIV
333 Bostwick Avenue, NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE GRADUATE SCHOOL
Website: vaigs.vai.org/admissions/
Ph.D. Application Deadline: December 1, 2021
WMRUGS Virtual Platform and Recruiter Booth Hours on Saturday, November 13, 2021: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm EST  |  Zoom

Recruiter Contact Information
Christy Mayo, Director of Enrollment and Records
Email Address: christy.mayo@vai.edu

Mailing Address
Van Andel Institute Graduate School
Mailstop: 113/234 DIV
333 Bostwick Avenue, NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Information for Recruiters and Deadlines

Recruiter Registration Fees and Benefits

There is no registration fee for the 2021 WMRUGS conference/fair. Here are the benefits for the conference/fair:

  • Virtual booth
  • Dedicated recruiter hours to interact with attendees
  • Ability to set 1:1 appointments with attendees during and after the virtual event
  • A list of registrants that have expressed interest in graduate school, professional school, medical school, and internship/employment opportunities
  • Recruiter / Representative information listed in the WMRUGS website and program
  • Institutional / Organizational recognition during opening and closing remarks

Deadlines

Recruiter Registration: The deadline for recruiters to register is Monday, October 18, 2021.

Logo for WMRUGS Program: The deadline to submit high-resolution institutional/organizational logos is Monday, October 25, 2021. Please have your Marketing/Branding Department email your logo to Michelle Love at undergrad@vai.edu. Please include “2021 WMRUGS Logo” in the subject line.

Virtual Recruiting Booth: Please provide virtual booth link, meeting ID and passcode to Michelle Love at undergrad@vai.edu before Monday, November 8, 2021. Before the conference/fair, Michelle Love will email all virtual booth links, meeting ID’s and passcodes to all WMRUGS registrants.

Sponsorship Information

Interested in sponsoring the 2021 West Michigan Regional Undergraduate Science Research Conference? Please reach out to Michelle Love at michelle.love@vai.edu.


WMRUGS Host

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), Jianhua Li, Ph.D. (Hope College), Rita Guerreiro, Ph.D. (Van Andel Institute Graduate School).

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