Western Michigan University

National Science Foundation selects three projects from WMU as competition finalists:

Three WMU projects have been selected as finalists for the 2026 National Science Foundation Idea Machine. The projects, and the professors behind them, are:

A total of 32 finalist projects were selected from more than 800 submissions. WMU has the most finalist projects of any single university and is the only university from Michigan to be selected.

Those interested can view all of the projects and provide feedback at the NSF website until June 26th.

Construction update:

The demolition of McCracken hall is almost complete. On Monday, President Montgomery visited the site of the demolition. While there Montgomery briefly took control of an excavator to participate in the demolition. 


WMU faculty members recognized as notable women in STEM:

Late last month Crain’s Detroit Business recognized Dr. Terri Goss Kinzy, a biology professor and vice president for research at WMU, and Dr. Carla Koretsky, a geochemistry researcher and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, for their leadership and accomplishments in research and teaching. The professors shared their experiences as women in science and offered advice for girls and young women with an interest in pursuing STEM careers.

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