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FYRES: Apply to Participate

FYRES Student with mentor enjoying the dunes

Apply for Fall 2017: Apply soon if you are interested--there are still some spots available and applications are being considered in the order in which they are received. To apply, complete the application and arrange for a recommendation to follow (see below).

A teacher or advisor recommendation is required to complete your application. Please contact your recommender within a week of completing the FYRES application and send them the link to the recommendation form.


To be eligible to participate, a student must

  • enroll as a full-time student for the first time at Calvin College in Fall 2017
  • 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...

Applications received by the 10 May 2017 are currently being reviewed. Applicants will receive news soon.

Applications received after 10 May 2017 are being considered in the order in which they are received. Generally, applicants will receive an email within a few days of submitting information. Applications receive full review when both the student application and the recommendation are completed. Applicants are then notified about their status in the course.

Email list for information

Please sign up for our email list below if you would like:

  • to receive a reminder to apply a few days before the application deadline of 10 May 2017.
  • to be notified when FYRES research is posted.

Fill out this form to receive an e-mail reminder and/or information.

More information

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.

The FYRES course has up to 24 spots for first-year students.

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