At Calvin, you won't just sit in a classroom—you'll actually touch, see, smell, even chase everything you're learning about. In addition to the research you do in your biology classes, you have the opportunity to do research outside the classroom, assisting Calvin's top-notch biology professors with their projects.
Recent research projects include:
- helping to find a solution to HIV
- two summer research projects pair two students with two professors in the study of bacteriophages
- a botanical inventory of aquatic plants in a conservation area
- studying the effects of pollutants on the health of colonial waterbirds of the Great Lakes
- researching Schistosoma mansoni, a human parasite that causes disease in Africa for which there is no developed vaccine
- Bacteria producing ethanol from non-food celluloses.
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Summer research fellowships
A number of summer research fellowships are awarded to biology and other science division students each year. The fellowships are awarded to students after their first, second or third year at Calvin, with preference given to those interested in careers in science and/or science research.
Research involves ten weeks of work with a professor during the summer. A stipend of $3,700 is awarded, with additional funds for project supplies.
Paid research positions during the academic year
- Greenhouse projects that support faculty research
- Project assistants at West Michigan Regional Lab
- Research assistants for off-campus investigators on projects for the Enterprise Center at Calvin
- Assist professors in the development of new laboratory components of biology courses
See the biology department office for more information on these opportunities.