Roanoke students to dive into summer research

Salem - This summer, instead of taking a break from school, fourteen Roanoke College students will live on campus to conduct unique research.

Students' projects range from observing bird populations at the Roanoke River to analyzing bilingual children's stories and assessing the impact of school nutrition polices in Palau.

These highly motivated students are Roanoke's 2013 Summer Scholars. Summer Scholars is a competitive grant program that enables students to complete intensive summer research projects for eight to 12 weeks under the guidance of a faculty member.

Dr. Julie Lyon is the director of student-faculty research and an assistant professor of business administration at Roanoke. Lyon said that when selecting Summer Scholars, a group of college faculty reviews students' research proposals.

When applying, every student must identify one faculty member with whom they would like to partner. To ensure plenty of personal attention, each professor may only work with one Summer Scholar. Students meet with professors at least once a week during the summer to receive feedback and guidance.

Students also are paid for their research work. Summer Scholars receive a $2,500 stipend, free summer ousing and a tuition waiver for one college credit earned during the summer.

The experience for students is worth more than any stipend. Doing full-time research gives students a glimpse of the kind of work that they may do in graduate school, Lyon said.

"Many students find that they love dedicating their entire summer to this pursuit," she said. "While they encounter obstacles and often don't get the results they're hoping for, many students realize the best about themselves - that they are persistent, driven, creative, and resilient."

All Summer Scholars will move back to campus on June 3, although some have already begun their research. Also on campus this summer are 31 additional student researchers whose work is paid through department funds, endowments and faculty grants.

Each research idea comes from a different source. In some cases the topic is a student idea, but in other cases the student is part of a continuing research program of the faculty member. 

Scholars will submit their final research papers in the fall. The students also will present research results at Roanoke's Showcase of Research & Creativity in September.   

The following students are this year's Summer Scholars:

Kaitlyn Amanda Bell, with Dr. Dolores Flores-Silva, "Code Switching: The Impact of Vocabulary Acquisition in the Bilingual Text and Development of Spanish in Young Learners"

Alexandra G. DeLaricheliere, with Dr. Chad Morris, "Assessing the Influence of School Nutrition Policies and Programs on Academic and Nutritional Behavior in the Republic of Palau"

Katherine B. Frisch, with Dr. Jesse Bucher, "A New South African History: Constitutional Revolution from 1910-1994"

Samantha A. Garst, with Dr. Andreea Mihalache-O'Keef, "The war is over, but will they come? A panel study of FDI in countries recovering from civil conflict"

Jessica A. Gladfelter, with Dr. Denise Friedman, "Because It Makes Me Feel Good: Examining the Role of Oxytocin in the Failure to Address Techno-Interruptions"

Katrina A. King, with Dr. Jane Long, "The Influenced: An Analysis of the Interests of Artists and Influences of Patrons on Paintings of the Annunciation in the Italian Renaissance"

Rose M. Kohinke, with Dr. Skip Brenzovich, "Palladium-Catalyzed Synthesis of New Chemical Reactions"

Emily K. Leimbach, with Dr. Gordon Marsh, "Teaching Others about the Union of Poetry and Music in Art Song: Combining Analysis and Interpretation in Interactive Performances"

Jonathan Marino, with Dr. Karin Saoub, "Graph Theoretical Analysis of Directed Social Networks"

Andrew B. Miles, with Dr. Ned Wisnefske, "Can the Prisoner's Dilemma Solve the Problem of Enforcement in Social Contract Theory?"

Caroline I. Mueller, with Dr. Elizabeth Holbrook, "Efficacy of a Cross-Country Running Program for Youth with Sensory Impairment"

Michelle L. Pasier, with Dr. Cathy Sarisky, "Characterization of potential IMPDHs in Mycobacterium tuberculosis"

Lauren E. Strong, with Dr. Rachel Collins, "How Human Activities along the Roanoke River Effect Bird Populations"

Emma V. Webb, with Dr. Alice Kassens, "Undergraduate Wellness Index: Construction and Implementation"

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Released: May 13, 2013
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