Learning Firsthand - Biology Opportunities
Learning occurs in many places other than the classroom. In the Biology Department, students have a multitude of opportunities available from college and departmental programs as well as work in the Roanoke Valley and beyond.
Research in Biology Department laboratories are supported through three different programs described below. The Roanoke College URAP program supports students during the academic year, while the Roanoke College Summer Scholars program supports students during the summer. Many students do research for Independent Study credit through the department as well.
URAP is a program unique to Roanoke College where students work as research assistants with a member of the Roanoke College faculty on an original research project of interest to both the URAP scholar and to the faculty mentor.
The Summer Scholars Program at Roanoke College is a grant program that enables qualified students to conduct intensive, independent research for eight to twelve weeks during the summer.
Independent studies provide students with a practical application of their particular majors or more specialized study in a particular area.
Traditional internships, while valuable, usually involve on-the-job training assignments, but some Roanoke internships incorporate a strong research component. The application for an Internship in Biology can be found here.
May Term is a three week period during which students can participate in a wide array of Intensive Learning opportunities, including travel courses as well as on-campus courses.
Roanoke College offers many study abroad programs that allow students to earn academic credit while outside the United States.
Michael Barrett '04 began researching the effect of shipwrecks on the environment during a semester abroad in Sydney, Australia. Three years later, he became the youngest person to ever receive a National Geographic grant to continue his work.