In the Spring of 1998, Calvin College received a grant from the Detroit-based McGregor Fund to establish a program for supporting student (and faculty) research in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The original grant of $100,000 supported a 3 year program of up to 10 student Fellowships per year. Since the summer of 2002, the Calvin College McGregor Summer Research Fellowship Program has been funded in part by an additional grant from the McGregor Fund but the majority of the Program's costs are supported by the generosity of private donors.
Since their inception, these fellowships have been focused on connecting undergraduate students with faculty partners in the Humanities and the Social Sciences. Now in their twelfth year, the fellowships continue to solicit and support Calvin's "best and brightest" students and faculty in collaborative research projects.
Under guidelines approved by the Academic Development Committee, the McGregor committee is responsible for administering this program.The committee is composed of at least 3-4 faculty members (representing some of the disciplines eligible to participate) in addition to the dean for research and scholarship and the McGregor program coordinator.
The selection process is as follows:
- the committee accepts faculty proposals
- projects are presented to the students
- students apply for up to 3 projects, ordered in terms of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice(s)
- in the final step, the committee pairs students with the faculty projects.
The committee is focused on making the best possible matches of students and projects as well as balancing projects across disciplines.
Questions about proposals or the program, should be directed to Calvin ’s dean for research and scholarship, Matt Walhout, in the Spoelhof Center, Room 327. For further information, contact Dean Walhout at 526.6869 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org