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Experiential Learning - Research Opportunities

Wind Tunnel

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 2015, eight engineering students had the opportunity to work closely with Calvin professors on various research projects

Summer Research 2015

A Look at Wind Noise Generated by Vehicles at Highway Speed

With support from Toyota Motor, NA, Jacob Milhorn and Vincent Rovedatti, under the direction of Professor Emeritus Richard DeJong, studied the wind noise generated by a pickup truck driven at highway speeds. The students first built a 1/4 scale model to be tested in the Calvin engineering wind tunnel. They developed wind noise transducer arrays which can be taped to the exterior surfaces of the vehicle. Then they took their equipment on the road and tested two trucks on a test track. The data they collected was used to develop a design guideline computer program


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.

More summer Research from Summer of 2015 can be found here

Research jobs during academic year