We have collaborations with major universities and corporations that provide amazing opportunities for you.
Each summer one biology student is selected to work at John's Hopkins University doing HIV research with Professor Anding Shen.
Dan Micheles '95 designates two positions for Calvin biology students each summer in his University of Michigan physiology research lab.
The Van Andel Research Institute has a very close relationship with Calvin College and many students are accepted into the summer and year-round research program.
Many other businesses, universities and organizations seek Calvin biology students for internships.
Because of the remarkable medical facilities in Grand Rapids, our students have incredible opportunities to volunteer, find jobs and do research very close to campus.
Great Equipment and Funding
Our department currently has over $6,900,000 in grants to fund our rigorous year-round research program.
The biology department spends more than $115,000 (non-tuition funds) annually on new equipment.
Our state-of-the-art technology is for research and student use. We have a Fluidigm nanofluids qPCR instrument, a next-generation DNA sequencer and a MALDI-TOF.
Calvin is developing a visualization and modeling laboratory focused on computational science. The laboratory will allow faculty and student teams drawn from all of the scientific disciplines to model problems and research questions using computer simulations and visualizations.
Integrated Science Research
A cutting-edge trend in science is to work across traditional boundaries. Calvin’s Integrated Science Research Institute (ISRI) was created to put together teams of scientists with various areas of expertise to solve problems. These teams are made up of faculty and students performing research projects that cross scientific boundaries. This summer three biology students are doing research projects that are funded by ISRI with HHMI grant funds.
For example, Abigail Streelman is a biology major who had knowledge of both computer science and programming, but also biological systems (i.e. microbiology, proteomics, phylogenetics, and host-symbiont interactions). She works with a biology professor, John Wertz and a computer science professor on a project called: Python-Based Software Generation for Rapid Data Analysis of MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry and Phylogenetics of Host-Associated Microbes.