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
Dr. Leonard Pysh, associate professor of biology at Roanoke College, was recently awarded a two-year research grant of $100,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture.