Roanoke College

Summer Scholars for Fine Arts


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 faces in sculpture to computer-assisted composition. 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:

Teaching Others about the Union of Poetry and Music in Art Song: Combining Analysis and Interpretation in Interactive Performances
Emily K. Leimbach | Gordon Marsh (Music) -- 2013

The Study and Modern Interpretation of Majolica Pottery
Kelsey Daniel | Professor Scott Hardwig (Art)--2010

The Music Culture of the Southern Appalachians: A Deeper Look into the Musical Happenings of Southwestern Virginia
Brittany Harrison | Dr. Gordon Marsh (Music)--2009

Uncovering the Quality of Inner Light in Cezanne's Paintings of Mount Sainte-Victoire
Jon Murrill | Professor Kate Shortridge (Art)--2008

The Spread of Caravaggio's Influence in Northern Europe in the Seventeenth Century
Kathryn Kelly Vernon | Dr. Jane Long (Art History) - 2006

Computer-assisted Composition: MIDI Sequencing as a Creative Vehicle
Patrick Fitzgibbon |Dr. Gordon Marsh (Music) - 2003

The Arkansaw Bear: Conceptualizing, Designing, and realizing a Summer Theatre Production
Eric Seelbach | Dr. Lisa Warren (Theatre) - 2003

Caillebotte and Degas: Odd Men Out in Impressionism
Jessica Sower | Dr. Jane Long (Art History) - 2002

Song Cycle as Genre in the 21st Century: Towards an Aesthetic Statement
Lyndsey Baker | Dr. Gordon Marsh (Music) - 2001

Learn more about Summer Scholars.