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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 2016:

  • 88 students worked with 41 Calvin professors from nine departments.
  • 55 research projects explored a wide variety of projects ranging from cancer research to a water supply design for gardens to studying hind limb form and function in early cetaceans to studying the orbital eccentricity of a specific binary star. See more 2016 projects.
  • Students received a $3,900 stipend for 10 weeks of research.
  • 40% of the projects were externally funded by grants from outside Calvin College
  • 34.8% more were funded by private donors




Applications for summer research 2017 are now being accepted.

Check the proposed projects to see which projects interest you. Talk to the professor about the project. Then fill out the online student research application. You may apply for up to three projects. Applications are due February 16, 2017.

2017 Proposed Projects

Fellowship application timeline and forms

Past Research

2015 research projects

Summer Research Poster Fair

2016 summer research posters

2015 summer research posters

Research funding

Non-Calvin research opportunities