Do research in the classroom through the first-year student phage hunter course, in upper-level biology classes, or through summer and year-round opportunities.  You won't just sit in the classroom; you'll actually touch, see, smell—even chase—the things you're learning about.

Phage research course

If you're interested in the sciences, you can apply to be selected for the Phage Hunters two-semester research course for first-year students. Apply for this opportunity in the spring of your senior year in high school.

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Summer research fellowships

A number of summer research fellowships are awarded to biology and other students each year. The fellowships are awarded to students after their first, second or third year at Calvin, with preference given to those interested in careers in science and/or science research. Research involves ten weeks of work with a professor during the summer. A stipend of $3,700 is awarded, with additional funds for project supplies.

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Paid research positions during the academic year

Biology professors regularly hire students to continue research with them throughout the year. If you're interested in these opportunities, inquire with your professors, or in the biology office about positions available.

  • Greenhouse projects that support faculty research
  • Project assistants at West Michigan Regional Lab
  • Assist professors in the development of new laboratory components of biology courses