Red River Valley Local Section

                           Activities / Events

This page contains information on Activities and Events that the Local section sponsors, including meetings, awards, educational and outreach.  A series of pages linking to this page provide more detailed information.  Eventually, a photo album page will be included here.

8th Undergraduate Research in the Molecular Sciences (URMS)

This past weekend (October 4th and 5th, 2013) saw the 8th Undergraduate Research in the Molecular Sciences (URMS) held on the campus of Minnesota State University, Moorhead. Co-sponsored by MSUM, Concordia College,  the Red River Valley section of the American Chemical Society, the American Society for Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology and the ASBMB Undergraduate Affiliate Network, URMS8 saw presentations from many of the schools in the region with one talk and 16 posters falling under the chemistry banner. An excellent Friday night keynote research lecture was presented by Dr. Bob Kane of Baylor University on the application of synthetic chemistry to vaccines and transplants and Rosa Miller, MS, MBA, retired VP of Latin America and Global Channel services for 3M gave a Saturday keynote lecture on applying science to a successful business journey. The conference also incorporated student poster and talk sessions along with several breakout information workshops providing undergraduates with information and advice on applying for graduate school, medical school or pursuing a career in industry.
The RRV Local Section awarded three travel awards to allow students to attend the upcoming National ACS meeting with awards going to Kowan O’Keefe (Minot State), Mary Hedrick (NDSU) and Kari Kusler (UND). In addition, to encourage our local undergraduate researchers to become actively involved in the ACS, a number of student memberships were also awarded with winners from Concordia College, NDSU, Mayville State and Minot State. Prizes were awarded by Graeme R. A. Wyllie (Chair-elect RRV Local Section) and Tom Gonnella (Treasurer RRV Local ACS section). After a year hiatus, it was encouraging to see URMS return with a strong involvement from local undergraduates and faculty and with URMS 9 already announced for the first weekend in October in 2014. The hope is this local conference continues to grow and provide a valuable opportunity for local undergraduates to share their work.
Graeme R. A. Wyllie
RRV Local Section ACS (Chair Elect)

14 October, 2013

                   Upcoming Events       2011

7th ASBMB/ACS Undergraduate Research

Friday and Saturday

   Don't forget to register for the 7th Annual Undergraduate Research in the Molecular Sciences (URMS) meeting, held 21 and 22 October 2011.

   This meeting is a fantastic opportunity for undergraduate students and faculty to present work already completed and even to discuss work still in progress.  Undergraduates can present their work in an oral or a poster session.  There are several $400 travel awards given to the best student presentations to support their travel to either the ACS or ASBMB national meeting.

Speakers this year include:
 - Dr Nadia Carlesso MD, PhD - Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center for Pediatric Research at Indiana University.  Dr Carlesso will speak on Stem Cells and Cell Signaling in Cancer

 - Mr Kevin Soiseth, MS, MBA - North Dakota State University Center for Biopharmaceutical Research and Production.  Mr Soiseth will present information on careers in quality assurance and quality control and his experience in clinical research.

 - Dr Kevin Wickman, PhD - University of Minnesota Dept of Pharmacology.  Dr Wickman will discuss his research on the molecular basis of ppiod signaling and behaviors.

NEW this year
- Breakout session on teaching Bioinformatics, Dr. Chris Kvaal PhD St. Cloud State University.  He will present the work of the Joint Genome Institute's Integrated Genome Database and how this can be used in a classroom setting.

- NSR Broader Impacts - how to integrate and get the most out of this critical section of your NSF proposal.  A discussion following Friday night's presentation will be hosted by Dr. Joseph Provost.

This year's meeting is sponsored by the ASBMB, Red River ACS, NDSU Center for Protease Research, Concordia College, North Dakota State University and Minnesota State University Moorhead.

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                             Events of the Past





  • Joseph H Osborne          February
  • Edward S Rogers           March
  • Catherine Fenselau        April
  • Victoria Gelling              September
  • ABMBS / ACS               October 
  • Frankie Wood-Black      November

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7:00 pm Friday,  September, < Click here for more information.
Bemidji State University    Sattgast Hall 248.

Informal Discussion and Refreshments  follows presentation.

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Abbott Lectures        2011             29-30 April

Thursday, 29 April (evening) 
Friday, 30 April (afternoon).

Wirth Lectures       2011              17-18 March



Thursday, 17 March

Friday, 18 March

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