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Undergraduate and Faculty Research

Dynamic Undergraduate Research

Abigail Streelman and Grant FaheyAt Calvin, you will have many opportunities on-campus to team with our professors on cutting-edge research projects. This year's summer research program supported 24 students doing full-time research.


Freshmen Research Courses

Phage Research LabEach fall 20 first year Calvin students apply and are accepted into a two-semester research based biology course sequence. Calvin College has been selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to be one of 36 schools nationwide to participate in a new science education initiative.

Off-Campus Internships

Chris BoumaMany of our majors participate in off-campus internships. You can get supervised practical experience in a career field that you are interested in. Your internship can be in the local area so you can continue taking classes, or you can go to an exciting location, like a national park, government agency, or business to do a paid internship during the summer. Internships provide real-world experiences in industrial or commercial organizations. You can receive course credit for your internship and it may lead to a great job after graduation.

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Supporting Grants

Our advanced equipment and research projects are funded in large part by over $11 million in grants that we have received in the last ten years.

Faculty Research

Twelve biology faculty maintain vigorous research projects. Many have recent publications.

Undergraduate Student Authors of Publications

When you collaborate with a professor on a research project, it often leads to publications with students as co-authors. Since 2000, 203 science division students have been published in highly respected scientific journals.

What is the BEST way to learn science?

Participating in research is the best way to learn science. This has been shown again and again in national studies.