Learning about science by doing science is the heart of the FYRES experience. Students investigate interesting questions about Lake Michigan coastal dunes, and the resulting knowledge is used by dune managers and scientists working with the dunes.
First-semester Calvin students, alongside more-experienced student mentors, design and implement studies focused on dunes along the Lake Michigan coast. Cutting-edge methods and equipment combined with solid research designs produce strong results under the guidance of professor and dune scientist Deanna van Dijk. While doing research, students get an insider view of the process of science.
First-year students earn science core credit for the FYRES course and mentors gain paid experience in their major or area of study. The hands-on learning is effective and rewarding.
FYRES project discoveries make a real-world impact in the activities of dune managers and scientists. Students have opportunities for public outreach as well as research communication.
Current in FYRES
FYRES in Fall 2021. The class is full, but applications are being accepted for the waiting list. It is not uncommon for 1-2 spots to open late in the summer when previously-registered students change their plans.
We are still looking for a FYRES Coordinator for 2021-2022. Apply now.
View the FYRES research presentations and posters.
We will be back to Lake Michigan dunes for Fall 2021, but the dune we built on campus for Fall 2020 will remain as a teaching-learning-research space.
Explore FYRES at Calvin
Meet the science and non-science majors who enjoy being FYRES researchers.
Enthusiastic Earth science majors gain research experience while mentoring less-experienced students.
Interested in Dunes?
FYRES research provides information on topics including dune changes, rare plants, and management effectiveness.
The 2020 FYRES Experience
The FYRES Experience in Images: 2016–2017