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 February/March 2021:
- Students and mentors are invited to attend the virtual Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters conference, scheduled for March 12. Some students and mentors are preparing posters and presentations for the conference.
- We have been informed that the 2021 FYRES course will receive Michigan Space Grant funding!
- We are recruiting students for the mentor and coordinator positions for the 2021-22 school year. Visit our application page for more information.
- Student applications for FYRES 2021 are open! Visit our application page to apply today.
A Year in FYRES
Current FYRES News
There are no announcements at this time.
Creating a dune on Calvin's campus
Realizing bringing her class regularly to the lakeshore to do research would be riskier this year, Calvin professor Deanna van Dijk decided to bring the research site to the students. 450 cubic yards of sand is coming to campus.
News & Stories, July 30, 2020
When research on the water turns to gold
Laura Dykstra started research at Calvin University right away. Now, three years in, her research has been published, her passion for research deepened, and she recently earned what's widely considered as the top undergraduate research award in her field.
News & Stories, April 6, 2020
First-year students researching Lake Michigan dunes
Now in its seventh year, Calvin's First-Year Research in Earth Science course continues to immerse first-year students in hands-on research along the Lake Michigan coastline.
News & Stories, November 6, 2018
Class on Top of a Sand Dune
F.Y.R.E.S.: A first-year research course that takes you to Lake Michigan sand dunes each week.
VERGE, Fall 2015
Lighting the FYRES of research
First-year students are learning how to research in the Michigan dunes.
News & Stories, December 13, 2012
No upcoming events at this time.