Fine Arts Undergraduate Research Assistant Program (URAP)
URAP is a program unique to Roanoke College. Approximately eight new freshman students are identified each year and are invited to join the program. They work as research assistants with a member of the Roanoke College faculty on an original research project of interest to both the URAP scholar and to the faculty mentor.
They are awarded a stipend of $2,000 per year, renewable for up to three additional years. In addition to the stipend the URAP scholar becomes a member of a research team working on a project which generally will lead to publication in a professional journal and/or presentation at a professional conference.
Example of a Fine Arts URAP Project:
What's Behind the Performance?
Dr. Elizabeth Bachelder
The Kandinsky Trio has been ensemble-in-residence at Roanoke College for 18 years. Performing annually on their concert series at home and touring nationally, the Trio is an active performance organization with close ties to numerous performance venues and arts presenters. During the freshman year of training, the research assistant will learn to prepare press releases and other publicity materials, how to find information on specific compositions and composers, how to locate new or out-of-print resources, and how to write engagingly about music. A check-list detailing what information is needed and when will be developed for each performance/project. In the remaining years the URAP will be a liaison with the community, provide necessary background research for Trio programs, and assist in writing for various media while polishing communication skills with arts professionals.
“I have my students look at tangible objects instead of creating something abstract,” Shortridge said. “I make my students work hard because they become better painters or drawers that way. The knowledge is theirs to use.”