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Science Summer Research at Calvin

Research opportunities

At Calvin, science comes alive as students partner with faculty to conduct research in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology/geography/environmental studies, mathematics/statistics, nursing, physics/astronomy and psychology.

Paid research fellowships are available each summer. In 2017:

  • 95 students worked with 47 Calvin professors from eight departments.
  • 64 research projects explored a wide variety of projects. Some examples: studying the effects of pollution on fish-eating birds, testing antibacterial agents, testing computer languages used in middle and high school, studying best practices for dosing chlorine in rural community water supplies of Ecuador, hydrogeologic mapping of a region in Honduras, creating interactive visualizations of mathematical concepts, studying globular star clusters. See more 2017 projects.
  • Students received a $4000 stipend for 10 weeks of research.
  • 45% of the projects were externally funded by grants from outside Calvin College
  • 37% more were funded by private donors