Tips for Students & Faculty

Summer Scholars (Student) Requirements

As part of this research experience, I will:

  1. Work full-time on project for 8-12 weeks during the summer.
  2. Meet with faculty mentor at least once a week.
  3. Attend kick-off opening dinner.
  4. Attend and present at colloquia on every other Wednesday from 4-5:30 PM. If you cannot attend a scheduled colloquium, inform Dr. Grant and attend the next scheduled one (i.e., you will to attend a Math & Science colloquium even as a Humanities or Social Science student, and vice versa).
  5. Make at least one appointment with RC Reference Librarian.
  6. Complete appropriate modules from CITI (www.citiprogram.org). Discuss which modules to complete with your faculty mentor.
  7. Volunteer for at least one shift for Spring into Maroon days
  8. Talk to Dr. Grant  about any issues, concerns, or suggestions as they arise. His office is 266A Trexler, office phone: 540-375-2430, grant@roanoke.edu.
  9. Access research resources from the team site: https://my.roanoke.edu/organizations/rcresearch
  10. Submit a final reflection paper using the DEAL Model guidelines via email to research@roanoke.edu by September 15.
  11. Submit a final research paper using a format recommended by my faculty mentor and appropriate to my discipline via email to research@roanoke.edu by September 15.
  12. Present my research at the RC Showcase of Research & Creativity during Family Weekend in September.
  13. Participate in assessment efforts (e.g., surveys)

Summer Scholars (Faculty) Requirements

As part of this research experience, I will:

  1. Be available to help with the project for 8-12 weeks during the summer.
  2. Meet with my Summer Scholar at least once a week.
  3. Attend the opening dinner.
  4. Attend and provide comments on presentations at colloquia on Wednesdays 4-5:30 PM. If you cannot attend a scheduled colloquium, inform Rich and attend the next scheduled one (i.e., you will to attend a Math & Science colloquium even as a Humanities or Social Science faculty, and vice versa).
  5. Ensure my Summer Scholar completes the appropriate modules from CITI (www.citiprogram.org). Identify which modules you'd like your Summer Scholar to complete.
  6. Talk to Rich about any issues, concerns, or suggestions as they arise. His office is 266A Trexler, office phone: 540-375-2430, grant@roanoke.edu.
  7. Access research resources from the team site: https://my.roanoke.edu/organizations/rcresearch
  8. Provide feedback and assistance on my Summer Scholar's final research paper.
  9. Participate in assessment efforts, including surveys, rubric scoring for paper and presentations, etc.
  10. Attend my Summer Scholar's research presentation at the RC Showcase of Research & Creativity during Family Weekend.
  11. Provide a grade for the Summer Scholar's work. Grades are due before the final papers are due. You can choose to enter a NG (no grade) until the project is complete.  

What does the award cover?

Summer Scholars are provided with a tuition waiver for one unit, on-campus housing, and a stipend of $2500 in return for 8-12 weeks of full-time summer research. Depending on their classification (i.e., rising sophomore, junior, or senior), Summer Scholars may choose to use their tuition waiver for an Independent Study credit (406), an Honors in the Major credit (496), or in lieu of an Intensive Learning May-term course (note: you must apply for this option by April 15).

What housing is provided?

  • Roanoke College will provide housing at no charge for full time, financially supported researchers.
  • We currently plan to house summer researchers in New Hall, but housing is at the discretion of the College.
  • During Mayterm, students may stay in their current housing 
    • The earliest possible move-in date for summer housing will be at the end of Mayterm.
    • All students must move out by early August (exact date TBD).
  • You will choose your housing online during the housing selection process at the end of Spring semester. Housing selection will proceed by total course credits, with those students with more credits choosing housing first.

Summer School and Part-Time Jobs

Roanoke College Student Scholars must devote full-time effort to their projects. This policy means that they are not permitted to take summer courses during the term of the award. However, they may work part-time jobs that do not interfere with their full-time work on the project. Part-time jobs must be disclosed to Dr. Grant and to your faculty mentor.

Payments

Summer Scholars will receive $2000 during the Summer (split into multiple payments), with $500 paid upon receipt of final research papers and reflection papers. Papers must be emailed to research@roanoke.edu.  

Social Events

Summer Scholars will indicate their preferences for social activities. In past years, we have done cooking lessons, hikes, game nights, and bowling.

Tips from Former Summer Scholars Students

  • Don't forget to pack essentials for apartment living, including (but not limited to): pots and pans, dishes, toaster, TV, linens, lamps, bathmats, and shower curtains.
  • If RC doesn't have a book that you need to reference:
    • Put in an in Interlibrary Loan request to Jeffrey Martin, Room 113 Fintel Library, jmartin@roanoke.edu, (540) 375-2298
    • Search on www.worldcat.org to see if a nearby library has the resource
    • Get a library card at the Salem library (across Main St.) which will work for any Roanoke Valley library
  • Find a daily schedule and a place that works for you.
  • Utilize your faculty mentor for advice! You don't need to know all the answers. It's ok to not know. Remember, this is a learning process, and your faculty mentor is there to help guide you.
  • Don't worry if you're not getting the results you want (or if nothing seems to be working). The key is to stay strong, keep trying, and be flexible.
  • It's ok to deviate from your original research plan-in fact, many of us ended up with a product very different from our proposal.
  • Start writing early. You may feel like you don't know what you're talking about, and you probably don't, but that's ok. You may not keep a single word of what you write at first, but that's ok, too. Writing will help direct the project's focus.
  • Keep a log of time spent working on the project. It will help you track your progress and contribute to a sense of accomplishment.
  • Don't get discouraged! In the end, it will all come together.
  • Remember, if it worked the first time, we wouldn't call it re-search!

Important Info

Dr. Richard Grant, Director of Experiential Learning 

266A Trexler

540-375-2430

grant@roanoke.edu.

Website: roanoke.edu/research

Blog: RCResearch.org

Facebook page: facebook.com/RCResearch

 

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