To all the students, mentors, school champions,

panelists, judges, and volunteers:


This year's event was a success because of you!

Check out this year's competion in the booklet below.


This year was the 10th annual competition for the Western Michigan Project Management Institute (WMPMI) collegiate project management competition – THEProject. This year the students tackled a scenario that was straight from the headlines.
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or hybrid-school environment
Create a project plan that will protect the university under conditions similar to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Project Plan will take into consideration lessons learned from the current situation and identify opportunities for the following models: Funding, Matriculation, Campus Building, IT Infrastructure, and IT Security.


1st Place


2nd Place

3rd Place

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Honorable Mentions

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Who participates in THEProject?

Student teams comprised of 3 to 6 students from colleges and universities in the Western Michigan area. Although project management tends to favor business, computer science, and engineering curriculums, students of all academic disciplines are highly encouraged to participate.

PMP® (project management professional) certified mentors are assigned to each team.

In addition, there are faculty champions from each school, a core team of WMPMI members covering a variety of competition responsibilities, and a panel of PMP-certified judges.

Why do students want to participate?

THEProject engages college students in the practice of project management, develops their leadership skills, and provides them with a showcase to demonstrate their leadership abilities on stage and in person with business and community leaders from West Michigan.

This competition is an excellent tool to teach real world skills to students, to incite an interest in project management as a career, and to ignite an understanding of how complex problems can be solved and solutions delivered using tools that have been honed in the fires of real-life practice.

Finally, the finalist teams in the competition receive cash prizes. Non-finalists teams may receive prizes in a variety of categories during the awards presentation as well.

What’s the format?

Teams are provided a real-life scenario and must provide solutions in the form of a project plan. The assigned PMP-certified mentors teach them how to transform their solutions into project plans using the initiating and planning processes documented in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (a.k.a., the PMBOK). Teams have a number of deliverables with due dates to pass through the different Phase Gates. Teams are judged on their use of proper project management techniques, the quality of their solutions, and their ability to present their project plans.

The event day, which usually takes place on the second Monday in April, includes team presentations, other speakers, and the awards ceremony.

If you have any questions, please send an email to


Since 2012

Hosting the collegiate project competition - THEProject


Each team was provided the 2020 detailed scenario - Inspiring Young Adults To Be The Project Managers And Project Leaders For The Future. 

Read more about thTHEProject 2020, participants, and the competition.

Award Winning Teams of 2020:

1st Place: Western Michigan University

Academic Architect Associates


2nd Place: Western Michigan University

Diverse Urbanites


3rd Place: Michigan Technological University

PM Back to the Future



4th Place: Michigan Technological University

The PERTfect Team



Other Award Winners:




THEProject 2019 Finalists

1st Place: Grand Valley State University

Synergy Project Consulting



2nd Place: Michigan Tech University

Huskies LEEDThe Way


3rd Place: Michigan Tech University

Extreme Makeover Tech Edition


Other Honors recognized by THEProject 2019:

Renovating LEEDers of Cornerstone University - Best Presentation by a non-finalist

Urban Uptake of WMU - Best Project Book by a non-finalist

Team Libertas of Hillsdale College - Most Improved

Honorable Participants:

LEED Lakers of GVSU

FERRIS Team of Ferris State University

Team Liberty of Hillsdale College

Check out these videos from other years 


Read about where students are now, and how THEProject has benefitted their career paths