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FYRES: Apply to Participate

FYRES Student with mentor enjoying the dunes

If you're interested in hands-on outdoor research on Lake Michigan's coastal dunes, the FYRES program may be for you.

Browse through current student and mentor profiles to get a picture of the FYRES experience, or see our research pages for more information about previous and current projects.

Interested in applying to the FYRES program? Applications for Fall 2016 will open in mid-March — please sign up for our e-mail list to be contacted when they are available.

Fill out this form to receive an e-mail reminder in March.

To apply to be in the FYRES course for the Fall of 2016, 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.



To be eligible to participate, a student must

  • enroll as a full-time student for the first time at Calvin College in Fall 2016
  • 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