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Region 7

Allegan, Kent , Ottawa

Region Statistics

Enrolled Michigan Students
2,926

Enrolled Medical Students
182

Alumni Residing in region
21,158

Spending with Local Businesses
$37,482,833

Total Economic Impact
$328,068,290*

Staff/Faculty Residing in region
285

Financial Aid Disbursed
$43,645,742

4-H Youth Participants
11,816

Property Owned by MSU (Acres)
184

Medical Interns/Residents/Fellows
442

MSU Partner Hospitals
9

*Data is from an independent study by the Anderson Economic Group

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Partnerships & Programs


Michigan State University partners with communities, organizations and businesses throughout the state of Michigan. Here are just some of the many ways MSU is working in this region:


Supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in the arts

When Cynthia Kay graduated from Michigan State University in 1975, she focused on transforming her double major in applied voice and television and radio into a career. Today, Kay owns a full-service media production company in Grand Rapids — one she founded in 1987 after a dozen years of seeking a career that combined her passions. As a small business owner, Kay believes in helping others shape their careers, as evidenced by her support of the MSU College of Music’s Running Start entrepreneurial program. (Read more)

MSU to help increase student success in Grand Rapids

Michigan State University has joined a Grand Rapids-area community initiative to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups entering and graduating from Michigan colleges. To College, Through College is a collaboration between the city of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Public Schools and 10 higher education institutions across the state. The goal is to increase college enrollment and graduation for all Grand Rapids-area students, but particularly for first generation students and people of color. (Read more)

Expanding biomedical engineering programs could boost state’s life sciences industry

A part of MSU’s College of Engineering, the Department of Biomedical Engineering aims to elevate the university’s role in supporting the biotech industry in Michigan and spin out new technologies into startup companies that commercialize research and innovation. (Read more)

MSU, local partners leverage medical research dollars for regional growth

Over the course of four years, Michigan State University researchers managed to take about $300,000 and turn it into more than $4.5 million. Using seven grants received from the Saint Mary’s Foundation, MSU’s College of Human Medicine hired junior researchers to conduct basic research that generated the data needed to land funding from the National Institutes of Health and private foundations to do broader studies. (Read more)

Local business turns Greek roots into recipes

Esther Koukios grew up cooking Greek cuisine. In 2009, Koukios and a couple friends decided to take their passion and share it with local businesses, friends and family by catering fresh homemade Greek dishes, soon to be known as Greek to Go. Four years later, Esther took over the business herself with big plans and a little help from Michigan State University’s Product Center. (Read more)

$4.8M NIH grant addresses environmental influences on child health

A $4.8 million grant awarded to Michigan State University from the National Institutes of Health will help Michigan’s top three research universities, a leading health care system and a state health agency investigate how exposure to a range of environmental factors in early development influences the health of children and adolescents. Ten hospitals and 20 clinics throughout Michigan’s Lower Peninsula will participate in the study. (Read More)

MSU project helps school officials find most effective programs

One-third of Michigan’s public school administrators have nowhere to go for information about programs to help students deal with bullying and managing their emotions or building healthy relationships, according to a recent study by the Michigan School Program Information Project. As schools face mounting pressure to address student needs with evidence-based solutions, the project – funded by the William T. Grant Foundation and the National Institutes of Health – aims to understand the challenges principals and superintendents face in trying to find the most effective instructional and social skills programs. (Read More)

‘Build habitat and they will come’: MSU research aims to bring bees back to Midwest farms

The native bee population in the Great Lakes region is on a decline, forcing farmers to explore new, bee-boosting tactics to produce the high yields of fruits and vegetables producers and consumers depend on. Dr. Rufus Isaacs, a bee researcher, and professor in the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University, meets with the host, Kirk Heinze, on Greening of the Great Lakes to talk about the work he’s doing to bring bees back to the Midwest farms and gardens. (Read More)

Michigan 4-H helps youth build Developmental Assets

A three-year study shows Michigan 4-H youth are building Developmental Assets through positive relationships with leaders, empowering youth to be creators of their own development and helping others through service. (Read More)

MSU and Van Andel Research Institute on cusp of slowing progression of Parkinson's

A few years ago, Caryl Sortwell, a Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Parkinson's researcher, was asked by Jeff MacKeigan, a scientist at Van Andel Research Institute, or VARI, to collaborate on research that could significantly slow the progression of Parkinson's. The primary focus of the research? Take an existing drug used in Japan for treating a blood vessel condition and see if it’s just as effective in fighting Parkinson's. (Read More)

MSU brings better data to plant research

A new technology in plant research that is exclusive to MSU can be used to bolster production yield in crops or to breed plants that are heartier and able to withstand factors such as drought. (Read More)

Cherries and Beer Hops Growing Like Crazy in Michigan

Michigan State University research is leading to bumper crops of tart cherries and the resurgence of the state’s hops production. (Read More)

Facility for Rare Isotope Beams sneak peek draws in hundreds

More than 1800 people came out to get a sneak peek of this up and coming facility and excited would be an understatement. 6 News spoke with a couple scientific geniuses who say FRIB (Facility for Rare Isotope Beams) will not only benefit the greater Lansing area, but will help with unlimited amounts of research for the future. (See More)

Nearly 4,000 attendees learn about FRIB

Nearly 4,000 members of the public attended the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams and National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory open house on Aug. 20. The "Rare Access” event included activities, demonstrations, presentations and tours that allowed attendees to learn more about a world-leading science facility in operation (NSCL) and one in the making (FRIB). (Read More)

Hundreds pack into FRIB during open house

Nine-year-old Johanna Glinz of Montcalm Township was busy Saturday afternoon keeping a model molecule between two lines on a 10-foot-high clear cylinder. Using a handheld dial to control a fan at the base of the tube, the 4th-grader learned her task was similar to that of FRIB scientists, who will have to carefully monitor unstable molecules. "The scientists will also use electron microscopes to look at the particles," she said when her mother Jennifer Glinz prodded her to share what she'd learned. (Read More)

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Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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