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.
Examples of Sociology URAP Projects:
Student Attitudes about Issues in Medical Ethics
Lea Lupkin '09 | Professor Gregory Weiss
In this project the research assistant would participate in interviews of Roanoke College freshmen in 2005 to determine their attitudes towards issues in medical ethics, such as euthanasia, human cloning, stem cell research, and others. The same students would be interviewed in 2006, 2007 and 2008 to see if their attitudes change over time. Learn more about this project.