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. To qualify, a student must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and must have completed 8 units of credit by the start of the grant period. 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.
At the conclusion of the program, a day is set aside to showcase the work of the student scholars. In oral presentations, poster sessions, and research exhibits, they present the findings of their summer-long research, on projects that range from polymer synthesis to the culture of bullfighting in Spain. The Summer Scholar award covers activation waiver for one unit of independent study, on-campus housing, and a stipend of $2500.
Examples of Past Summer Scholar Projects:
Columbia: A Sociopolitical Study of Past and Present Realities Using One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Connor Toomey | Dr. Virginia Stewart and Dr. Dolores Flores-Silva
Beauty and the Beast: Origins, Evolutions, and Modernizations of an Age-Old Narrative
Lucy Crook | Professor Deb Selby
An Adapted Screenplay of Dispatches by Michael Herr
Hannah Updike | Dr. Robert Schultz
The Woman Question: Madness in 19th Century Literature
Sarah Lloyd | Dr. Wendy Larson Harris
Modern Expressions of Traditional Fairytales
Maura McDonald | Dr. Dana Linn Whiteside
Food and Literature, or Reads Delicious
Crista Brooks | Dr. Mike Heller
Jane Austen and Emma: The Significance of Socially Marginal Heroines
Ashley Lauren Gilliam | Dr. Paul Hanstedt
Gender vs. Genre: a Study of Medieval Spirituality In and Out of Its Social Context
Jessica Montfort | Dr. Wendy Larson-Harris
Clarifying Identity through Landscape within Contemporary American Fiction
Kachina Domenick | Dr. Melanie Almeder
“Art doesn’t have to be just an object on the wall. It can move you or amuse you, or you can have an interaction with it that will change the way you look at something,” says Cassullo.