Research Outside the Classroom
At Calvin, you won't just sit in a classroom—in addition to the research you do in your biology classes, you have the opportunity to do research outside the classroom, assisting Calvin's top-notch professors with their projects.
Recent research projects include:
- Developing a blood test to predict cancer patients' response to radiation treatments.
- Researching Schistosoma mansoni, a human parasite that causes disease in Africa for which there is no developed vaccine
- Investigating the role of human gut bacteria phage in irritable bowel conditions.
- Development and evaluation of lubricant eye drops for treatment of dry eye syndrome.
- Investigating how bacterial vaginosis proteins may participate in degrading collagen which is involved in many biological processes including both term and pre term rupture of fetal membranes.
- Studying how biofilm bacteria are better able to resist host defenses and cause recalcitrant infections.
Summer research fellowships
A number of summer research fellowships are awarded to biology 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.
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.