There are many ways to get involved in Calvin’s biology community and gain more experience in biology outside the traditional classroom setting. From faculty-led research opportunities to biology-related student organizations, you can deepen your study in the biology program at Calvin.
- Calvin’s biology department offers a special research program for a select group of first-year students. In this two-semester program, you’ll gather specimens and isolate a unique bacterial virus, called a “phage.” You will use research methods to characterize and analyze your phage, and then catalog your data in an international DNA sequence database.
Undergraduate student research
- Beyond the research you'll do in your biology courses at Calvin, you can apply to assist professors with research in the summer or throughout the year. Opportunities are available in every sub-field of biology, from human health to botany and environmental stewardship. All undergraduate research positions are paid.
- Find an off-campus internship to get supervised practical experience in a career field that you are interested in. Find an internship in the Grand Rapids area during the school year, or go to another exciting location like a national park, government agency or business to do a paid internship during the summer. You can receive course credit for your internship and it may lead to a great job after graduation.
- Each year the biology department employs 50 to 60 students in various positions. Paid work includes laboratory assistantships, research assistantships, biology web writing, greenhouse and aquarium assisting and department hospitality work. Laboratory and research positions are particularly helpful for those with plans to go on to graduate school.
Community involvement and environmental stewardship opportunities
- Calvin's biology department is deeply involved in environmental stewardship and restoration projects. Find opportunities to work on ecosystem restoration projects, rescuing native plants, planting rain gardens, eradicating invasive species and more.
- Serve, learn and participate with other students and faculty who are interested in issues related to biology by getting involved in one of four biology-related student-run organizations.
- Let biology—and Calvin’s biology professors—take you around the world to study diverse ecosystems, from the Great Lakes forest of northern Michigan to the volcanoes of Hawaii. As a biology major at Calvin, you can study biology in semester-long programs led by Calvin professors in Honduras and Ghana, or spend a January interim in places like Cambodia, the Galapagos or London.
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