History 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 History URAP Projects:
South American Moderns in the Twentieth Century
Kate Kurtessis '11 | Prof. M. Ivonna Wallace Fuentes
What do we mean when we describe something as "modern"? By analyzing how South American intellectuals at the start of the twentieth century began to think of themselves and their ideas as modern, and modernizing, the student research assistant will help construct our historical understanding of how South American literature and politics understood the changes created by new technologies and social relations. The scholar will be reading and analyzing archival materials from Peru, Venezuela and Argentina, as well as several libraries in the United States. Since these materials are written in Spanish it is necessary that the applicant have a good working facility in the written Spanish language.
Archiving the History of Roanoke College Presidents and Faculty
Megan Chapman '11 | Prof. Linda Angle Miller
Roanoke College has collected paper information dating back to its creation in 1842. Many of these documents need proper attention - preservation, arrangement and description. In this project the URAP scholar would learn how perform accurate archival work, including organizing taking notes on archived materials. Detective work would include tracking down missing documents and identifying dating records. Initial projects will include records of the Roanoke College Faculty and Presidents.
Archaeological Investigations of the Tanyard House
Jazz Koehn '09 | Whitney Leeson
In this project the research assistant will help to collect, clean and catalog artifacts recovered from digs outside the "Tanyard House" on the southeast corner of our campus. Analysis of these artifacts will help determine the purpose of this 1½ story house between 1852 and 1870. Learn more about this project .
Summer research gives four Roanoke students a window into Chinese culture as it relates to religion, medicine and the nation's identity. They will present their findings at a national conference in March.