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Experiential Learning - Research Opportunities

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Calvin students have the opportunity to do research over the summer with professors. Professor Wunder and his student Jerome Navarro conducted research on the effectiveness of bagasse charcoal to remove flouride from water.

Interested in Research?

Calvin students have participated in research collaborations accross the world, and some of the most exciting projects have been right here at Calvin! Read more to learn how to get a research position.

Research Opportunities

In addition to the learning you do in your engineering classes, you have the opportunity to do research outside of the classroom, assisting Calvin's engineering professors with their research projects.

Some students have ventured off campus to do research at other colleges and universities. The National Science Foundation sponsors an REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program that many different universities support.

Internships are another great way to gain experience during the valuable summer months. The Department of Navy offers a summer internship, along with the National Energy Technology Lab and NASA.

There are endless programs and opportunities out there, just start looking!

Summer Research Fellowships

A number of summer research fellowships are awarded to engineering 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. Calvin students have earned prestigious fellowships.

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.

During the summer of 2013, four engineering students had the opportunity to work closely with Calvin professors on various research projects

Research from Summer 2013

Student Okkar Myint worked with Professor Yoon Kim to research the development of maximum power point tracking controllers for extracting maximum power from photovoltaic panels.The focus of the research was to understand and implement the algorithm of MPPT technology and analyze its performance.



Lukas Woltjer, under the direction of Professor Richard DeJong, designed and constructed a "Hot Box" thermal test chamber, which meets the ASTM standards for measuring the insulation value of panels. Using Finite Element Heat Transfer models, two 6-foot cube boxes were designed as the hot and cold sides of the test chamber consisting of glued-up wood frames and 6 inches of styrofoam wall insulation.


Research jobs during academic year