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FYRES: Apply to Participate

FYRES Student with mentor enjoying the dunes

To apply to be in the FYRES course for the Fall of 2015, students must submit an application and have a teacher or advisor submit a recommendation for the student. The FYRES course has up to 24 spots for first-year students.

There are still a few spots left in the course!
It is not too late to apply, even though the May deadline has passed. To fill the remaining spots, applications are being considered in the order in which they are received.
Applications will be accepted until the course is full (but it is in your best interest to get your application in soon, as we cannot predict when the course will be full).


To be eligible to participate, a student must

  • enroll as a full-time student for the first time at Calvin College in Fall 2015
  • demonstrate academic potential or ability
  • demonstrate a strong interest in a research experience and science generally.

Students do not have to declare an interest in majoring in an earth science discipline (or any science) to participate. We hope the course will continue to attract students from a variety of disciplines.

After you apply...

For the summer application process (to fill the remaining spots in the class), applications are being considered in the order in which they are received. Completion of the student online application form reserves your spot in line, and your application is reviewed when the recommendation is received. Typically, applicants will be notified about their status in the course within a few days of a complete application. (If D. van Dijk is out of town, this process will take longer.)

More information

In the summer during Passport advising and registration for fall courses, the FYRES participant's fall schedule will be constructed around the FYRES course.

Want to be a FYRES mentor? Check out our information for interested upper-level Calvin students.

For more information, contact Deanna van Dijk at