Nate Romero began his research career as a Beckman scholar and continued on to win a Goldwater scholarship and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship—all before he left Calvin. He credits the accessibility of his professors for shaping such a college experience.
“I met Professor [Carolyn] Anderson in the fall semester of my freshman year. We began to connect on the subject of faith and science in organic chemistry lab,” recounted Nate. But what began as conversations around class-assigned books quickly turned into an after-class reading group.
Thought-provoking books on faith and science kept Nate, his lab partner, Professor Anderson and several other students talking for the next two years.
“The faculty are obviously committed to a high level of scholarship … and Calvin students always seem willing to engage the faculty in their challenge to live faith-centered, holistic lives,” Nate says.
Such open faculty-student dialogue left Nate without hesitation when he was nominated to apply for a research grant that would fund 15 months of organic chemistry research. He knew just whom to ask for advice. “Professor Anderson probably saw that my interest in chemistry might be well suited to research before I did,” explained Nate. “I didn’t know a whole lot about the research opportunities at the time.”