Biology Summer Scholars

The Summer Scholar 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. Each summer scholar works with a faculty mentor who guides the project. Over the course of the summer, students and mentors meet for a series of colloquia to share ideas. Students receive $2,500 and free housing.  At the conclusion of the program, a day is set aside to showcase the work of the student scholars. 

Examples of Past Summer Scholar Projects:

How Human Activities along the Roanoke River Effect Bird Populations
Lauren E. Strong, Faculty mentor: Dr. Rachel Collins

Pieris rapae (Lepidoptera: Pieridae) Performance in Response to an Exotic Host Plant, Alliaria petiolata (Brassicaceae)
Ariel Firebaugh, Faculty mentor: Dr. Rachel Collins

Normal and Hormonally Induced Expression of Androgen Receptors in Zebrafish (Danio rerio)
Lien-Thanh Kratzke, Faculty mentor: Dr. Christopher Lassiter

Root-specific Ethylene Mutations in Arabidopsis Thanliana and the Determination of Cell Shape
Garrett Cosenza, Faculty mentor: Dr. Leonard Pysh

Evaluation of a Molecular Microbrial Source Tracking Method for the Detection of Salmonella in Surface Water
Stephen Quinn, Faculty mentor: Dr. Brooks Crozier

Characterization of the En/Spm Family of Class II Transposons within Coprinus cinereus
Sydney Webb, Faculty mentor: Dr. Marilee Ramesh

Learn more about the program.


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