Work closely with professors to pursue your interests, take to the chemistry lab to make real discoveries and even co-author publications as an undergraduate student.

Summer 2015 found 31 undergraduate students working alongside 11 faculty members. Students spent ten weeks participating in a wide variety of projects including watching membrane proteins in real time, investigating the binding interaction of insulin with G-Quadruplex DNA, cell signaling and endocytosis in kidney cancer, to exploration into rotationally restricted n-alkyl quinolines and numerous other projects.

At the completion of their project, each student submitted a report and presented a poster at the Science Division Poster session in October during Family Weekend. Projects are funded by a variety of grants and fellowships, as well as Calvin funds.

Take a closer look at this summer's research projects »

Summer Research at Calvin

2016 Summer Research Projects will be posted in February, 2016.

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Before applying, you are required to contact the sponsoring faculty member(s) to discuss the projects that interest you. You may apply for up to three projects.

Deadline to apply for a 2016 summer research fellowship to be announced in early January.

Several of our summer research projects result in students becoming co-authors of publications »

High school students join our undergraduate summer research program through an ACS Project SEED grant »

Take a more in-depth look at our faculty research projects »

2015 Summer Research Projects

Prof. Carolyn Anderson and Andrea Bootsma: Exploration into Rotationally Restricted N-Alkyl Quinolines

Prof. Carolyn Anderson and Evan Romero: Asymmetric Gold-catalyzed Rearrangement of N-Propargyloxypyridines

Prof. Carolyn Anderson, Connor Reidy, and Noah Prefontaine:Microwave Assisted Gold-catalyzed Rearrangement of N-Propargyloxypyridines

Prof. Carolyn Anderson, Brian Heidmann, and Karine Rose:Synthesis of β- and γ-Amino Acids Containing N-Alkyl Pyridones

Prof. Eric Arnoys, Adam Doorn, and Jeremy Wodarek: Watching Membrane Proteins in Real Time

Prof. Rachael Baker, Allie Bogner, and Cambrynne Reitberg:The Role of Ubiquitination in Ras-Driven Signaling

Prof. Michael Barbachyn, Alex Boomsma, Robert Hohlman, Sherrice Zhang: The Iodocyclocarbamation Reaction of N-Allyl-, N-Dienylmethyl-, and N-Allenylmethyl-N-arylcarbamates: Scope and Limitations

Prof. David Benson and Susan Hromada : Antioxidant Nature of Tyrosine-Cysteine Crosslinks in BF4112

Prof. Roger DeKock, Jared Weidman, and Lucas Van Laar:
Trends in the Electronic Structure of Atoms

Prof. Brendan Looyenga, Stephen Lander, and Kylee Rosette: Cooperation of LRRK2 and MET in Renal Cancer

Prof. Larry Louters and Lauren Strhbeln: The role of lipid rafts in the regulation of GLUT1, the predominant glucose transporter in cancer cells

Prof. Larry Louters and Leesha Gunnink: Effects of glucose uptake activators on the membrane distribution of GLUT1

Prof. Larry Louters and Johnson Cochran: Relationship of the activity of GLUT1 to its tethering to the cytoskeleton

Prof. Mark Muyskens, Shane Bolhuis, and Michael VandenBerg:Photochemistry: Research in Fluorescence of Woody Material Extracts from Local Trees

Prof. Kumar Sinniah and Kayla Scholten: Aggregation of Insulin at Interfaces - An Atomic Force Microscopy Study

Prof. Kumar Sinniah, Lydia DeJonge and Abby Leistra:Investigating the Binding of Hexameric Insulin with G-Quadruplex DNA

Prof. Doug Vander Griend, Anna Michmerhuizen, Andrew Rylaarsdam, and Tasha Thong: Nanomolecular Building Projects