MSUM was host to the 7th Annual Undergraduate Research in the Molecular Sciences (URMS) meeting October 28-29, 2011.

Students and faculty from as far away as Minot State University, South Dakota State University and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota (Winona) enjoyed two days of stimulating scientific discussions and debate. The 110+ participants took part in oral and poster presentations of undergraduate research efforts, as well as hearing from a number of keynote speakers from academia and industry. There were also breakout sessions focused on success after graduation. URMS is sponsored by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) and the American Chemical Society (ACS), and is organized locally by a group from MSUM, Concordia and NDSU including Jeff Bodwin, Glenn Dorsam, Stuart Haring, Don Krogstad, Joe Provost and Mark Wallert. Hosting responsibilities rotate through MSUM, Concordia and NDSU; next year’s meeting is scheduled to be held at NDSU.