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REAL RESEARCH, REAL IMPACT

Whether working on a faculty member’s research project or developing an independent project guided by a faculty member, Grand Valley students have opportunities to engage in original hands-on research and scholarship in a variety of disciplines from art history to zoology.

While faculty/student research opportunities are usually reserved for graduate students at other universities, Grand Valley puts an emphasis on undergraduate research, better positioning our students for admission to top graduate schools and successful careers.

A SAMPLING OF RECENT STUDENT/FACULTY RESEARCH

RESEARCH: An eye-tracking study of visual representation use for problem solving in organic chemistry questions

STUDENT: Megan Plekker

FACULTY MENTOR: Jessica VandenPlas, chemistry

RESEARCH: Effects of an intercropped white clover living mulch on small scale market gardens

STUDENT: Michael Michalski

FACULTY MENTORS: Sheila Blackman, cell and molecular biology; Jennifer Winther, biology

RESEARCH: Effects of combining a paleolithic diet and HIIT Exercise on cardiovascular, metabolic, and cognitive health markers

STUDENT: Mark Baker

FACULTY MENTOR: Amy Gyorkos, movement science

RESEARCH: Accumulation of the liver toxin microcystin in fish and big brown bats collected from throughout the State of Michigan

STUDENT: Kaitlyn Denney

FACULTY MENTORS: Megan Woller-Skar, biology; Amy Russell, biology

RESEARCH: Bringing the food to the city: Reconstructing the nature of the animal economy in early urban centers of the near east through stable isotope analyses

STUDENT: Parryss Carter-McGee

FACULTY MENTOR: Elizabeth Arnold, anthropology

RESEARCH: Improving African Internet traffic through maximization of node centrality

STUDENT: Gloire Rubambiza

FACULTY MENTOR: Jerry Scripps, School of Computing and Information Systems

“The undergraduate researchers I know at other universities join research teams, but may not be doing actual research. At Grand Valley, you have the freedom to do research, explore things you would never be able to do anywhere else.”

JACOB LINDALE // CLASS OF 2017 // BIOCHEMISTRY AND CHEMISTRY MAJOR // HOMETOWN: CALEDONIA, MICHIGAN

See Jacob’s full video interview.