Summer Scholars

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 polymer synthesis to the culture of bullfighting in Spain. The Summer Scholar award covers activation waiver for one unit of independent study, on-campus housing, and a stipend of $2500.

Examples of Sociology Projects:

  • Alex Berryman worked with Dr. Lane Destro on a research project on how rural families manage transportation in times of economic uncertainty and volatility. 
  • Hayley Field worked with Dr. Meeta Mehrotra on a research project on how refugees adjust to life in the Roanoke Valley. 
  • Alex DeLaricheliere worked with Dr. Chad Morris on a research project on the influence of school nutrition policies and programs on academic and nutritional behavior in the Republic of Palau.  
  • Julie Bass worked with Dr. Kristi Hoffman on a research project on fathers as primary caregivers. She collected data using an on-line survey.
  • Kim Hughes worked with Dr. Gil Dunn on church members attitudes towards homosexuality. She conducted focus groups in several local churches.

Learn more about the program.


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