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of private colleges whose graduates go on to earn a PhD in the sciences.
of Calvin graduates who wanted to pursue their studies further in graduate school have been accepted. All received assistantships or fellowships.
students were employed for full-time summer 2016 research
Beckman Scholars Award advances undergraduate research at Calvin
The 2019 Beckman Scholars Award from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation both honors Calvin's current commitment to undergraduate research and funds new research in chemistry and the life sciences. News & Stories, February 25, 2019
Calvin receives $1 million NSF grant to increase student retention in STEM
Calvin College faculty are working on finding solutions that will give every student an equal opportunity at success in STEM fields. News & Stories, November 8, 2018
Conducting a chemical orchestra
This summer, a Calvin College professor and a pair of student researchers are building a chemometrics website on the institution's new supercomputer. News & Stories, June 20, 2018
Finding answers and building network for rare disease community
Calvin profs Rachael Baker and Amy Wilstermann are working with a team of student researchers examining the function of a protein involved in several rare diseases and building a web platform for the rare disease community. News & Stories, June 13, 2018
Calvin pre-med students excel on MCAT
Four Calvin pre-med students link their high scores on the MCAT to the strength of Calvin's academics and undergraduate research program. News & Stories, June 11, 2018
Calvin students earn Goldwater honors
Over the past decade, Calvin has been a national leader in producing Goldwater scholars and those recognized as honorable mentions; this year was no exception, with four students recognized as honorable mentions. News & Stories, May 17, 2018
Symposium creates community for those affected by rare disease
On March 3, 2018, Calvin College will host the first Rare Disease Symposium, providing an opportunity to learn about current research efforts in rare diseases that affect members of the local community and to hear from local patients and their families about living with rare diseases. News & Stories, February 13, 2018
Calvin students present research at Midwest Enzyme Conference
In fall 2017, five Calvin students presented their research at the Midwest Enzyme Chemistry Conference at Loyola University Chicago. News & Stories, November 3, 2017