News Briefs 01/19

GVSU student senate to host town hall post-inauguration 

Grand Valley State University’s student senate, Community Service Learning Center and Division of Inclusion and Equality will co-host a post-inauguration town hall in the Kirkhof Center Thornapple Room Monday, Jan. 23 at 9 p.m. The town hall will consist of students, faculty and staff sharing views, hopes, fears, ideas and strategies to move forward after the 2016 election and 2017 inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump.

The goal of the town hall is to identify common issues people have and rally around them and to make people’s voices heard. Everyone is invited to join.

GV undergraduate research to receive boost thanks to national grant

The Grand Valley State University undergraduate research program is set to receive a boost in funding after GVSU was selected as one of 11 universities that will be able to administer the Beckman Scholar Program.

The program allows two undergraduates to receive $21,500 each in grants in order to help fund a 15-month-long research project. Over the three years this program will be active, five GVSU students majoring in biology, cell and molecular biology, chemistry, biochemistry and biomedical sciences with a GPA of 3.7 or higher will be able to apply to use funds from the program for their projects.

GVSU was part of the ‘master’s larger’ category and the only school to win from said category. Susan Mendoza, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship, and Sok Kean Khoo, associate professor of cell and molecular biology, co-wrote the application and will oversee the program.

The deadline for interested students to apply is Wednesday, Feb. 22.

GVSU to hold TEDx talks

Grand Valley State University will host TEDxGVSU on the Allendale Campus Friday, Feb. 24 for a series of presentations entitled “The Blueprints Between X and Why.” The event will feature interdisciplinary speakers who will talk about past experiences, current projects and ideas for the future that help promote critical thinking and engaging dialogue among participants.

To attend, interested individuals must apply for a ticket. There are 100 spots available for those who apply and are accepted. After being accepted, they will pay have to pay $15 for admission to the event and will receive a gift bag, courtesy of TEDxGVSU. To apply, visit