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Over the past decade, Calvin University's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has been awarded over $10.39 million in grants and awards to fund our rigorous year-round research programs. Faculty have developed and maintained research projects covering a wide scope of topics, impacting and affecting projects on local and national scales. More so, involvement in various projects have opened up opportunities for Chemistry and Biochemistry students to gain hands-on, interactive learning and training experiences that place them directly in fields (such as pharmaceutical, health care, and chemical engineering).

  • Awarded in 2020 - $497,673
    • Empirical Bioscience – Awarded to Brendan Looyenga for Molecular Diagnostics Assay Development and Validation - $76,785
    • National Science Foundation – Awarded to Mark Muyskens for RUI: Photoacidity in Bioactive, Natural Coumarins - $220,888
    • National Science Foundation – Awarded to Douglas Vander Griend for RUI: In Situ Characterization of Competitively Balanced Supramolecular and Biomolecular Systems (CDS&E) - $200,000

  • Awarded in 2019 - $72,880
    • Global Genes- Awarded to Amy Wilstermann, Rachel Baker for RARE Patient Impact Grant - $4,880
    • Empirical Bioscience – Awarded to Brendan Looyenga for Scientific Services - $68,000

  • Awarded in 2018 - $1,157,129
    • National Science Foundation – Awarded to Carolyn Anderson, Herb Fynewever, V. Norman, M. Bolt, Arlene Hoogewerf for Building Foundations for Success in STEM - $999,814
    • Beckman, Arnold, and Mabel Foundation – Awarded to Douglas Vander Griend for BSP 2019 - $104,000
    • Empirical Bioscience – Awarded to Brendan Looyenga for Empirical Bioscience Contract - $45,315
    • Organic Syntheses – Awarded to Carolyn Anderson for Synthesis of Trisubstituted Indolizines - $8,000
  • Awarded in 2017 - $259,731
    • National Science Foundation – Awarded to J. Adams, Mark Muyskens, Douglas Vander Griend, B. Haney, J. Van Horn for MRI: Acquisition of a Multidisciplinary Beowulf Cluster - $259,731
  • Awarded in 2016 - $1,198,845
    • Calvin Center For Christian Scholarship: Awarded to Rachel Baker, Amy Wilstermann, and S. Nelesen for Building a Community of Scientists: The Development of A New Collaborative Project at Calvin University—$4,925
    • American Chemical Society: Awarded to Mark Muyskens for ACS Project SEED 2016 Summer 2 - $3,000
    • Spectrum Health: Awarded to Brendan Looyenga for A Potential Utility for GLUT1 Targeted Therapy in Osteosarcome - $6,500
    • Dreyfus, Camille, and Henry Foundation: Awarded to Roger DeKock for Senior Scientist Mentor Program-Electronic Structures of Atoms - $20,000
    • Walter Reed Army Institute of Research: Awarded to Michael Barbachyn for Identification of Novel Gyrase Inhibitors with Relevant Gram-Negative Activity - $615,702
    • National Science Foundation: Awarded to Carolyn Anderson for RUI: Synthesis of Highly Functionalized Heterocyclic Scaffolds - $299,718
    • National Science Foundation: Awarded to David Benson for RUI: Protein Tyrosine Oxidations to Maintain Cellular Redox State -  $249,000
  • Awarded in 2015 - under review
  • Awarded in 2014 - $796,939
    • Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation Scholars Program: Awarded to Carolyn Anderson, David Benson, Brendan Looyenga, Larry Louters, Kumar Sinniah, Chad Tatko, Douglas Vander Griend, Anding Shen, John Ubels, and John Wertz$104,000
    • NIH National Cancer Institute: Awarded to Brendan Looyenga for Cooperative Cellular Transformation by LRRK2 and MET in Renal Neoplasms—$295,939
    • The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation: Awarded to Roger DeKock from the Senior Scientist Program for 2014—$20,000
    • NIH R15 Grant: Awarded to Larry Louters, Eric Arnoys, and Brendan Looyenga for Mechanism for Acute Activation of GLUT1—$377,000
  • Awarded in 2013 - $419,700
    • Lily Foundation - Awarded to Dean Ward, PI; Herb Fynewever and Julie Walton, co-PI's for "Connecting New Faculty to Teaching Mentors" - $9,700
    • National Science Foundation - Awarded to Doug Vander Griend for "RUI: Equilibrium Studies of Solution Phase Self-Assembly"—$180,000
    • National Science Foundation - Awarded to Carolyn Anderson, "RUI: Synthesis of Highly Functionalized N-Alkyl 2-Pyridones" —$230,000 (May 2013 to April 2016)
  • Awarded in 2012 - $804,663
    • Grand Rapids Community Foundation - Awarded to Larry Louters for Introducing Minority Youth to Scientific—$4,720
    • National Science Foundation (S-STEM Program) - Awarded to Dave Benson (co-PI) for Expanding Computation for Interdisciplinary Science—$599,953 (5/26/2012 to 7/25/2012)
    • National Science Foundation (RUI) - Awarded to Herbert Fynewever, David Koetje, Randall Pruim, Randall Van Dragt, and Amy Wilstermann—$199,990
  • Awarded in 2011 - $354,515
    • Grand Rapids Community Foundation - Awarded to Larry Louters for Engaging Minority Youth in the Sciences—$3,500
    • National Science Foundation (RUI) - Awarded to David Benson, Chad Tatko, and co-PI—$344,015
    • American Chemical Society (Project SEED) - Awarded to Eric Arnoys, Dave Benson, Mark Muyskens, Kumar Sinniah, Chad Tatko, and Amy Wilstermann—$7,000
  • Awarded in 2010 - $1,377,902
    • National Science Foundation (ARI-R2) - Awarded to David Benson, David DeHeer, Randall Pruim, Chad Tatko, and Matthew Walhout—$951,150
    • National Science Foundation (RUI) - Awarded to Kumar Sinniah—$211,907
    • American Chemical Society (Project SEED) - Awarded to David Benson, Mark Muyskens, Chad Tatko, Roger DeKock, and Doug Vander Griend—$6,200
    • National Science Foundation - Awarded to Kumar Sinniah, and David Benson and Amy Wilstermann—$208,645
  • Awarded in 2009 - $1,635,515
    • National Institutes of Health (Senior Research Fellowship) - Awarded to Kumar Sinniah—$44,915
    • National Science Foundation - Awarded to Crystal Bruxvoort and Deanna van Dijk—$185,003
    • National Science Foundation - Awarded to Chad Tatko, Amy Wilstermann, David Benson, and Eric Arnoys—$487,470
    • National Science Foundation - Awarded to David Benson, Chad Tatko, John Wertz, Amy Wilstermann, and Randy DeJong—$279,000
    • National Institutes of Health (NIH) - Awarded to Larry Louters—$223,050
    • National Science Foundation - Awarded to Carolyn Anderson—$170,000
    • National Science Foundation - Awarded to Doug Vander Griend—$126,000
    • American Chemical Society - Awarded to Doug Vander Griend—$65,000
    • National Institutes of Health (NIH) - Awarded to Kumar Sinniah—$55,077
  • Awarded in 2008 - $1,610,610
    • HHMI - Awarded to Eric Arnoys, David DeHeer, Randall Pruim, and Chad Tatko—$1,100,000
    • Office of Naval Research - Awarded to Dave Benson—$289,217
    • National Science Foundation (Supplemental Grant) - Awarded to Crystal Bruxvoort, Rachel Reed, and James Jadrich—$99,968
    • Beckman Foundation - Awarded to Carolyn Anderson; Eric Arnoys; Ronald Blankespoor, Roger DeKock, Keith Grasman, Arlene Hoogewerf, Larry Louters, Stephen Matheson, Kumar Sinniah, and John Ubels—$77,200
    • Research Corporation (Cottrell College Science Award) - Awarded to Chad Tatko—$44,225
  • Awarded in 2007 - under review

    *Grant awards and funding from this year are currently under review- further information about the grant source, project, award amount, and faculty recipient(s) will be updated at a later time.

  • Awarded in 2006 - under review

    *Grant awards and funding from this year are currently under review- further information about the grant source, project, award amount, and faculty recipient(s) will be updated at a later time.

  • Awarded in 2005 - $205,864
    • National Institutes of Health (NIH) - Awarded to Kumar Sinniah—$188,964
    • University of Virginia - Awarded to Larry Louters—$16,900
  • Awarded in 2004 - $411,575
    • National Science Foundation (NSF) - Awarded to Eric Arnoys, Arlene Hoogewerf, David Koetje, Stephen Matheson, and John Ubels—$174,298
    • Metanexus Institute - Awarded to Arie Leegwater—$15,000
    • National Science Foundation (NSF) - Awarded to Mark Muyskens and Karen Muyskens—$222,277

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