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Summer Research 2010

Research: Undergraduate Research

On-Campus Summer Research Program

Summer 2014 found 24 undergraduate students working alongside 10 faculty members for 10 weeks of full-time summer research. Students participated in a wide variety of projects including watching membrane proteins in real time, investigating the binding interaction of insulin with G-Quadruplex DNA, cell signaling and endocytosis in kidney cancer, to exploration into rotationally restricted n-alkyl quinolines and numerous other projects.

At the completion of their project, each student submitted a report and presented a poster at the Science Division Poster session in October during Family Weekend. Projects are funded by a variety of grants and fellowships, as well as Calvin funds.

Take a closer look at this summer's research projects »

2014 Summer Research Projects

Prof. Carolyn Anderson and Andrea Bootsma: Exploration into Rotationally Restricted N-Alkyl Quinolines

Prof. Carolyn Anderson and Brian Heidmann: Microwave Assisted Gold-catalyzed Rearrangement of N-Propargyloxypyridines

Prof. Carolyn Anderson, Joy Christopher, and Connor Reidy: Synthesis of N-Alkyl Pyridone Containing β- and γ-Amino Acids

Prof. Eric Arnoys, Aimee Vos, and Sam Schuiteman: Watching Membrane Proteins in Real Time

Prof. Michael Barbachyn, Niecia Flikweert and Abbegail Bell: Synthesis of Functionalized 3-aryl and 3-heteroaryl-5-iodomethyl-2-oxazolidinones Via an Iodocyclocarbamation Reaction

Prof. David Benson, Taylor Hegg, Susan Hromada, and Matt Hollowell : Proteins as Antioxidants

Prof. Roger DeKock and Jared Weidman:
Trends in the Electronic Structure of Atoms

Prof. Brendan Looyenga, Miriam Rienstra, and Calvin VanOpstall: Cell Signaling and Endocytosis in Kidney Cancer

Prof. Brendan Looyenga and Jedidiah Bell: Effects of Selected Nutrichemicals on Glucose Uptake

Prof. Larry Louters, Kathryn Wrobel, and Evans Lodge: Relationship of the Activity of GLUT1 to its Tethering to the Cytoskeleton

Prof. Mark Muyskens and Kyle Disselkoen: Photochemistry: Photoelimination in Acetylacetone

Prof. Kumar Sinniah, Abby Leistra and Kayla Scholten: Characterizing Riboflavin Conjugated Nanoparticles for Targeted Drug Delivery in Chemotherapeutics

Prof. Kumar Sinniah, Maggie Van Winkle, and Lydia DeJonge: Investigating the Binding Interaction of Insulin with G-Quadruplex DNA

Prof. Doug Vander Griend, SeongEun Kim, Anna Michmerhuizen and Zac Drees: Nanomolecular Building Projects

Summer Research at Calvin

2015 Summer Research Projects will be posted in February, 2015.

Application form»

Before applying, you are required to contact the sponsoring faculty member(s) to discuss the projects that interest you. You may apply for up to three projects.

Deadline to apply for a 2015 summer research fellowship to be announced in early January.

Several of our summer research projects result in students becoming co-authors of publications »

High school students join our undergraduate summer research program through an ACS Project SEED grant »

Take a more in-depth look at our faculty research projects »

Off-Campus Research

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) also exist at other institutions. Summer research positions offer a stipend and often a travel and housing allowance. Check out 2015 Off-Campus Summer Research»