ASBMB Student Chapter hosting Midwest Undergraduate Research Conference

The University of Wisconsin–Madison student chapter of the American Association for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) invites undergraduate researchers to participate in the Molecules in the Midwest conference on Saturday, March 7.

The conference, which will be held at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery on the UW–Madison campus, will feature a poster competition, guest speakers from leading graduate programs in the biological and chemical sciences, and networking opportunities with graduate students and faculty members.

“This will be a great opportunity for undergraduate students to engage other undergraduates, as well as graduate students, faculty, and industry representatives,” says the student chapter president Claire Evensen. “We are really excited to be bringing in students from across Wisconsin, the Midwest, and beyond to learn from each other and have conversations.”

The affordable conference is open to undergraduates at every stage of the research process and supports presentations on completed and ongoing projects alike. Students in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, biological engineering, and related fields are encouraged to present their work among peers.

Early bird registration ends on Feb. 21 and the registration deadline is Feb. 28. To present a poster, submit an abstract during registration. Register at:

Photo of poster session, with scientists and attendees standing by posters and communicating about their research.
Poster session taking place in the Discovery Building at UW–Madison. Photo: Robin Davies.

The conference is serving as a student chapters regional meeting of the ASBMB North Central Region. The officers of the UW–Madison student chapter spearheaded the planning. The UW–Madison Department of Biochemistry is sponsoring the event, along with corporate and other campus sponsors.

Speakers include talented faculty from across the Midwest, including two Department of Biochemistry faculty members, Associate Professor Aaron Hoskins and Assistant Professor Judith Simcox.

“We hope that this is something our group can put on regularly after this first conference,” Evensen says. “It’ll be a great chance for students exploring the different avenues of graduate school, medicine, industry, and others to make connections and learn more.”