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
At most undergraduate research labs, students can be found washing dishes. Here at Roanoke College, students are part of the entire research process. Students Geoff Bader ’11 and Bryan Piatkowski ’12 work with Dr. DorothyBelle Poli gaining invaluable firsthand learning experience.