Undergraduate Research Assistants 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 Religion and Philosophy URAP Project:
Dr. Paul R. Hinlicky, Religion and Philosophy
The student researcher needs to have a high school level ability to read Latin. We would spend an initial year reading Latin texts together to get the student up to speed in comprehension. Then for the next three years I would assign texts for the student to research and report on and sometimes to translate. I would use this material in my own writing projects, giving due credit to the student's work. While the emphasis would be on primary texts in the original language, I would also use the research student to do bibliographical work, proof-reading and other academic chores involved in my writing projects. I could also on occasion use the research assistant as a guest lecturer in my classes and bring him or her to academic conferences.
The contest is a test of wits and ingenuity that requires students to submit papers which explain a proposed puzzle and provide a solution to it.