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Think Courageously

It takes courage to be a Christian in the sciences. At Calvin, we think that's a good thing—and part of what God calls us to. See how these four aspiring scientists boldly blend faith and intellect as they study difficult topics in biology and chemistry.

Calvin College Goldwater recipients

LAUREN MANCK '12: MORE THAN JUST A SCIENTIST

Lauren Manck was looking for a Christian college that took academics and scientific research seriously. That's why she chose Calvin, and she hasn't looked back since.

In fact, she's looked only forward, spending three years and four summers doing chemistry research. And yet this Goldwater Scholar, Fulbright Scholar and NSF Grantee is so much more than just a scientist. After a January interim trip to Belize and Costa Rica, she wanted to expand her horizons. So she spent a summer doing chemistry research in coastal Spain. Now, she's returning to Spain where she'll conduct research in Spanish with a professor there. "Calvin really challenges you to try new things—to branch out and stretch yourself." For Lauren, this also means studying a topic in chemistry that has environmental impact. "Finding ways to care for God's creation drives everything I do."

NATE ROMERO '12

Calvin College Goldwater recipients

Beckman Scholar, Goldwater Scholar, NSF grant recipient

For Nate Romero, questions about faith and science drew him to chemistry at Calvin. With the support of Professor Carolyn Anderson and his research community, he forged ahead in his studies, doing research for three years at Calvin. Now pursuing a PhD in organic chemistry at UNC-Chapel Hill, he's still captivated by the wonder of his subject. "There's a kind of beauty, something in the science of creation that's so complex," he said.

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RYAN MARTINIE '13

Calvin College Goldwater recipients

Goldwater Scholar

Ryan Martinie is a romantic, and that applies to the way he approaches one of his first loves: chemistry. In fact, he can wax poetic about his research topic, "Proteins as antioxidants using tyrosine and cysteine sidechains," so that even the chemistry-illiterate can understand why it's important for cancer treatment. For Ryan, science and faith are intertwined. "I love the mystery involved in my work, the questions and answers that we get to explore."

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ANNA PLANTINGA '13

Calvin College Goldwater recipients

Goldwater Scholar

Anna grew up in a strong Christian family, but it wasn't until she came to Calvin and began studying biology that she truly understood the relationship between her faith and the things she was studying. "I came to Calvin thinking you can be a Christian scientist, but that your faith strengthens your science and not the other way around. But here I've found the more I learn about the world, the more I learn about God."

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