Undergraduate Research Assistance Program (URAP)

URAP is a program unique to Roanoke College. 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 Public Affairs URAP Student Project:

Rules and Norms for Hiring Law Clerks
Beth See '09 | Dr. Todd Peppers
How do Supreme Court justices and lower court justices go about selecting their law clerks? Are there rules to be followed? Are there agreed-upon usual practices? In this project the research assistant will work with written materials and perhaps personal interviews to help answer these questions. Learn more about this project.

Gun Control Policy
Emma Wilson '11    Dr. Heath Brown
Sophie Huemer '11  Dr. Heath Brown

Supreme Court Archival and Original Survey Research
Jill Disbro '14   Dr. Todd Peppers