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Summer Research 2010

Research: Undergraduate Research

On-Campus Summer Research Program

Summer 2013 found 29 undergraduate students working alongside 11 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, computational analysis of tyrosine-cysteine crosslinks in proteins, cooperativity in hydrogen bonding analyzing data to student interaction in teaching science, math and engineering, 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 »

2013 Summer Research Projects

Prof. Carolyn Anderson and John LaGrand: Organic Chemistry: Gold-catalyzed Rearrangement of N-Propargyloxypyridines

Prof. Carolyn Anderson and
David Wierenga:
Organic Chemistry: Synthesis of N-Alkyl Pyridone Containing β- and γ-Amino Acids

Prof. Eric Arnoys, Riemer Praamsma and Kathryn Wrobel: Watching Membrane Proteins in Real Time

Prof. Michael Barbachyn and Niecia Flikweert: Preparation of Bicyclo[1.1.1]pentyl Stannanes, Silanes and Trifluoroborates and Applications in Palladium-Catalyzed Cross Coupling Reactions

Prof. Michael Barbachyn and John Elenbaas: Synthesis of Novel QPT Antibacterial Agents Bearing Substitution at the Benzylic Position

Prof. David Benson and Taylor Hegg: Anti-Oxidant Nature of Tyrosine-Cysteine Crosslinks in BF4112

Prof. David Benson and Brett DeVries: Anti-Oxidant Nature of Tyrosine-Cysteine Crosslinks in Cysteine Dioxygenase

Prof. David Benson and Emily Golz: Analysis of Tyrosine-Cysteine Crosslinks Concentrations in Proteins

Prof. David Benson and Matt Hollowell: Computational Analysis of Tyrosine-Cysteine Crosslinks in Proteins

Prof. David Benson and Andrew Roth: NMR Analysis of Tyrosine-Cysteine Crosslinks in Proteins

Prof. Roger DeKock and John Strikwerda: Cooperativity in Hydrogen Bonding

Prof. Roger DeKock and Jared Weidman:
Sequential Ionization Energies of Atoms

Prof. Herb Fynewever, Paula Kuiper and Rachel VanOeffelen: Faculty approaches to student interaction in teaching science, math, and engineering

Prof. Larry Louters and Ola-Oluwakiti Alabi: Detection of oligomers of GLUT1 and its relationship to the activity of the transporter

Prof. Larry Louters and Sam Kerk:Relationship of GLUT1 tethering to the cytoskeleton and its influence on its activity

Prof. Larry Louters and Stephen Gunnink: Effects of curcumin (from the spice, tumeric) on glucose uptake

Prof. Mark Muyskens, Andrea Bootsma and Alexandria Hoerr: Photochemistry: Research in Fluorescence in Sycamore Wood and Photoelimination in Acetylacetone

Prof. Kumar Sinniah, Maggie Van Winkle, Nicole Michmerhuizen, and Amanda Witte: Investigating the Binding of Insulin with G-Quadruplex DNA

Prof. Kumar Sinniah, Abby Leistra and Jong Hyun Han: Characterizing Riboflavin Conjugated Nanoparticles for Targeted Drug Delivery in Cancer Therapy

Prof. Chad Tatko and Caleb Uitvlugt: Perturbation of Acidity via Noncovalent Interactions

Prof. Doug Vander Griend, SeongEun Kim, Emily Rhude and Matt Haveman: Nanomolecular Building Projects

Summer Research at Calvin

2014 Summer Research Projects have been posted and applications are being taken. Deadline for applications is February 17, 2014.

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 summer research fellowship is February 17, 2014.

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 2014 Off-Campus Summer Research»