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 2016 found 25 undergraduate students working alongside 11 faculty members. Students spent ten weeks participating in a wide variety of projects including investigating the role of ubiquitination in Ras-driven signaling, faculty and student communication in science classrooms in Nepal, to exploration of metal binding peptides.

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

2017 Summer Research Projects will be posted in February, 2017.

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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 2017 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 »

2016 Summer Research Projects

Prof. Carolyn Anderson and Abigail Frndak: Asymmetric Gold-catalyzed Rearrangement of N-Propargyloxypridines

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

Prof. Carolyn Anderson and Emily Zerull: Synthesis of Beta- and Gamma-Amino Acids Containing N-Alkyl Pyridones

Prof. Rachael Baker, Alexandra Bogner, Cambrynne Rietberg, and Jeremy Wodarek: The Role of Ubiquitination in Ras-Driven Signaling

Prof. Michael Barbachyn, Jacob Bruinius, and Robert Hohlman: Design and Synthesis of Novel Antibacterial Agents Targeting Bacterial DNA Gyrase: Series 1

Prof. Michael Barbachyn, Lea Wassink, and Sherrice Zhang: Design and Synthesis of Novel Antibacterial Agents Targeting Bacterial DNA Gyrase: Series 2

Prof. David Benson, Adam Hilbrands, and Terryce Nederhood : Antioxidant Nature of Tyrosine-Cysteine Crosslinks in BF4112

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

Prof. Herb Fynewever and Jooyoung Kong: Faculty and Student Communication in Science Classrooms in Nepal

Prof. Herb Fynewever and Heidi Schreur: Kathmandu University's Response to the 2015 Earthquakes

Prof. Brendan Looyenga, Camille Barnes, and Emily Roloff: Cell Signaling Dysfunction in Renal Cancer

Prof. Larry Louters and Lauren Strohbehn: Relationship of the Activity of GLUT1 to its Tethering to the Cytoskeleton

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

Prof. Mark Muyskens and Joy Yoo: Efficiency and Rate of Fluroescence in Scopoletin and Related Coumarins

Prof. Doug Vander Griend, Megan Aardema, Nathanael Kazmierczak, and Andrew Rylaarsdam: Nanomolecular Building Projects