2012 science summer research projects
During the summer of 2012, 91 students worked on 53 different research projects across the science division.
Students were involved in a wide variety of research projects both on and off campus. Some research dealt with diseases, other research with environmental concerns. Students investigated nanomolecular building projects, studied asteroid collisions, and examined psychological outcomes of spirituality and religiosity in emerging adults. Research took place in campus labs and outdoors. Some students traveled to other states as part of their research and some “traveled” to outer space.
Below is a sampling of those projects:
- Kevin Peterson, supervised by Professors Randy Van Dragt and Randy DeJong, was part of an ongoing study of the biotic communities at Calvin's Flat Iron Lake Nature Preserve, focusing particularly on Flat Iron Lake itself. See the poster he prepared for the Science Division Summer Research Poster Fair.
Chemistry and Biochemistry
- Caleb Uitvlugt studied the impact of organic molecules called catechols on the oxidation and reduction potentials of a metal ion. The catechols are what could stop diseases like Alzheimers. Caleb was supervised by Professor Chad Tatko. Read more>>
- Grant Fahey worked with Professor Serita Nelesen, Computer Science and Professor John Wertz, Biology, on a project to develop a computer program that would allow researchers to analyze large amounts of mass spectrometry data. Read the one page summary of his work.
- Caleb Reese and Lucas Timmer worked with Professor Matt Heun on the project "Economic development transitions, energy and carbon constraints, and innovation." See the poster they prepared for the Science Division Summer Research Poster Fair.
Geology, geography and environmental studies
Mathematics and statistics
- Anthony Meyer and Nick Visser worked with Professor Michael Bolt on a project concerning analytical functions. See the poster they prepared for the Science Division Summer Research Poster Fair.
Physics and astronomy
- Senior Lauren Walker worked with psychology professor Emily Helder studying internationally adopted children and their adjustment over time. Read more>>