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2019 Summer Research

Ten students worked with five professors on Physics and Astronomy projects.

Student summer research fellows at Calvin participate in the annual Summer Research Poster Fair, held in October. They also prepare a synopsis (a one page summary) of their research experience, providing relevant background as well as a statement of the problem, describing the research methods, giving any results to date and indicating how the research benefited them personally.

  • Astronomy projects

    Evolution of Contact Binary Stars:

    2019 Evolution of Contact Binary Stars Group

    • Professor Larry Molnar
    • Michaela Blain: (poster / synopsis)
    • Lauren Henderson: (poster / synopsis)
    • Sarah Whitten

    Evolution of Globular Star Clusters:


  • Optical physics project

    Identification of Initializable Point Defects in Silicon Carbide:

    • Professor Ryan Balili
    • Ivan Lainez: (poster / synopsis)
    • Jackson Ross: (poster / synopsis)
  • Biophysics projects

    Electron Density Reconstructions of Lipid and Lung Protein Structures:


    • Professor Paul Harper
    • Conrad Kuz: (poster / synopsis)
    • Jason Pruim: (poster / synopsis)

    Ion Channel Electrical and Lipid X-ray Measurements:

    • Professor Loren Haarsma
    • Brian Seper: (poster / synopsis)
    • Alex VanKooten: (poster / synopsis)

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