Student Author(s)

Ellee Banaszak
Valentina Shabi

Faculty Mentor(s)

Drs. Brian Yurk and Airat Bekmetjev

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The debate of the influence of religion over academics and vice versa has remained steadily controversial over decades of research. Does a student’s identity as a Christian impact their academic standing, social activities, and other various aspects of their college career? We studied the link between religious identity and academic standing using a small Google survey over a limited sample of Hope College students. We compared multiple religious and academically based variables and obtained several different distributions, p-values, and other statistics. Our results indicated that for the population of full-time Hope College students, religious or academic activities did not significantly influence each other.


This research was supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.