Summer Scholars

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


Learn more about the program.

Professor's book about unique naval warfare vessels now for sale

Professor's book about unique naval warfare vessels now for sale

In "Beachhead Normandy," Dr. Tom Carter writes about the impact of landing craft tanks during World War II.

See all related stories