From the glimmer of a research idea to collecting data at the dunes and on to presenting results in final format, research can span a year or more.
Research is a dynamic process which may seem to move slowly at times or have everything happening at once. But don’t worry—the FYRES course is completed during the standard Calvin semester! It takes a community, working on different parts and stages, to fully realize a FYRES research project from beginning to end.
What’s happening now?
In October 2019, the following FYRES activities are happening:
The FYRES 2019 course is underway! Students have gone to the dunes several times already for their labs.
FYRES research mentors will soon present project options to first-year students and the students will then choose which project they would like to research for the remainder of the semester
FYRES research mentors present their team research projects at the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters conference. Students from the recent FYRES class attend the conference to see team results presented and experience a professional conference. In 2019, six FYRES students joined us at the conference at Alma College in Alma, Michigan.
Professor van Dijk is notified about her application for Michigan Space Grant funding for the upcoming year.
The FYRES research reports go through the final stages of formatting, editing and proofreading. Then copies are printed for each Mentor, each team member, the dune manager of the property and the FYRES archive.
Working with dune managers and others, Professor van Dijk generates a list of research topic ideas for the fall.
Upcoming FYRES Research Mentors go to campus for a two-day training session before the semester begins.