Research & Sponsored Programs

2023 WiRAN

Please join us October 23-24, 2023 at Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells for the Wisconsin Research Advancement Network Symposium (WiRAN). Three registration options:  Day 1- $ 70, Day 2- $90, or both days- $150!

  • Network and collaborate with industry partners, research and grant administrators, and innovators from throughout the state
  • Gather new knowledge on all aspects of research administration and economic development
  • Learn about amazing projects happening around the state
  • Discuss pre-award, post-award, and compliance issues unique to Wisconsin and connect to find common solutions

        To reserve your room(s), please call 800-867-9453 and tell them you are with Leader 989446.

Rooms rates are $90 per night for single occupancy and $119 per night for double, triple, or quadruple occupancy. 

For questions please contact or 262.472.5212

Click here to register!!

Schedule at a Glance

Working Schedule:

*Confirmed Sessions

 October 23 Day 1-A  Speaker Day 1-B Speaker
11:00-12:00 WiRAN Registration/Networking
12:00-1:00 Lunch(provided)
1:15-2:00 Export Controls Presenter- Bethany Nelson or John Miller Award Activation

 Panelists- Marie Fricano, UW-Milwaukee 

Louise White, UW-Milwaukee

2:15-3:00 Intersection of Corporate & University Research

Moderator - Kathleen Gallagher

Panelist-Dan Fellers, Badger Meter; Promega

Research Administration ABC/123

Panelists- Becky Mueller, UW-Whitewater;

Samantha Westcott, UW-Milwaukee

3:15-4:00 University Business Partnerships

Moderator - Carl Fox
Panelists- Maria Woldt,  Dairy Innovation Hub

Michael Harrison,  BioForward Wisconsin

Adam Kramschuster, UW-Stout;

Mark Zachar; Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute

Intellectual Property Presenter- Allee Marti, WiSys
4:15-5:00 Budget Justification Writing Etiquette Presenter- Joan Reik, Medical College of WI NSF Engines

Panelists- Adhira Sunkara, WiSys 

Amy Jensen - The Water Council

5:00- 6:00 Networking Reception Sponsored by WiSys

 October 24 Day 2-A  Speaker Day 2-B Speaker
8:00-9:00 Breakfast/Networking*
9:15-10:00 Center Development & Operation at your Institution

Panelists- Russ Kashian, FERC, UW-Whitewater 

Jeff Sachse

Jessica Smith - CITEE, UW-Whitewater

Logan Kelly, Center for Economic Research, UW River Falls

Integrating Undergraduate Research Programs

Moderator - John Frye,    UW- Whitewater

Panelists- Julie Dresen, Madison Area Technical College 

Anne Hoeltke, UW Stout

10:15-11:00 SciENcv Bart Trawick Federal Funding Agency Panel

Dr. Jennifer Wenner, National Science Foundation

Kristin Peterson or Julie Lassa - USDA

Beatriz Ceja, Department of Education

11:15-12:00 Hot Topics Pre-award TBD Hot Topic - Post Award TBD
12:00-1:00 Lunch(provided)
1:15-2:00 Hot Topics Compliance TBD Statewide Agency Funding

Dr. Sheryl Bedno, Department of Health Services 

Tyler Oettinger,  Department of Children & Families Bureau of Performance Management

Tom McCarthy- Department of Public Instruction

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. One person can register all attendees from your instituion if preferred. 

If you would like to present a session, please contact orsp@uww.ed or call us at 262-472-1214 to discuss your idea. 

We changed the name from "Wisconsin Research Administrators Network" to "Wisconsin Research Advancement Network" because in order to advance research in our state, we must collaborate with industry partners, state and federal funding agencies, economic developers, and other local innovators.  The new name is more aligned with the mission and purpose of the Symposium and invites all research stakeholders from agencies across Wisconsin to attend and find partnerships and opportunities for collaboration. 

Access to all sessions and Research Resources Expo.  There will be two catered lunches, and one breakfast.

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Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
800 West Main Street
2243 Andersen Library
Whitewater, WI 53190-1790


Phone: 262-472-5212
Fax: 262-472-5214