Criminal justice and sociology major Monica Weaver used to think she wanted to work for the FBI. Then she spent a semester in Washington with the ATF.
Maggie Hedrick found work with the Smithsonian a positive step on her path to teaching.
Sophomore Evelyn Clark made Roanoke’s Washington Semester Program part of a plan to get as much hands-on experience as possible while she prepares for law school.
Aspiring attorney Chris Besse calls his experience with the Washington Semester Program “absolutely amazing.”
By the end of his internship at the State Department, Chris Beckman was looking at graduate schools in the area with plans to study peace and conflict resolution.
Ben Rappold, a junior from Northern Virginia, hopes to someday work on counter-terrorism for the FBI.
This year's team of Ed Hrinya, Jared Meadows and Kat Jansen received the second highest ranking of Meritorious, which placed them in the top 1 percent internationally in the Mathematical Competition in Modeling.
Roanoke College senior and softball standout interns with Washington international police communications organization
Alea Bier '13 is one of many Roanoke students who has lived and interned in the nation's capital through the Lutheran College Washington D.C. Semester Program.
Roanoke students involved in environmental groups and classes on campus have joined efforts with faculty and staff to plant new trees and replace fallen ones.
Dr. Elizabeth Holbrook and two of her students set out this fall to find ways to improve healthy habits for residents in Roanoke's West End community. Their suggestions could be incorporated into a city revitalization plan for the area.
Paul Hanstedt was one of the campus leaders when RC revised its general education curriculum. He published "General Education Essentials: A Guide for College Faculty" earlier this year. As a Fulbright Scholar, he advised universities in Hong Kong.
In Scotland, Emily Cranwell, an English major, studied Scottish literature from July 23 to Aug. 4 at the University of Edinburgh. Her program was intense, covering 12 works in nine days.
Summer research gives four Roanoke students a window into Chinese culture as it relates to religion, medicine and the nation's identity. They will present their findings at a national conference in March.
Poles' environmental science education is giving her a strong foothold as coordinator of distance learning in the new Nature Research Center wing at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
Roanoke students are conducting research on globalization and health issues during the May Term Intensive Learning course in Palau. Alex DeLaricheliere, one of the group members, is blogging about the trip.
Collection includes copper in silver, Vesuvian stones and dinosaur bones.
Roanoke College students from across the political spectrum are getting involved in local, state and national politics - from the City of Roanoke mayoral campaign to Virginia General Assembly and Congressional races to the presidential election.
A student organization that explores alternative energy sources is restoring a 1939 Pontiac by converting it from gas to electric power. The Pontiac debuted in its partly finished form during Roanoke's Commencement weekend.
From international trade consulting to Spanish cooking, Roanoke College alumni launch new careers after teaching English in Spain
Roanoke graduates teach English and learn Spanish culture through the North American Language and Culture Assistants Program. The program has inspired several Roanoke alumni to forge new career paths.
The project, which Hailey Doss has been working on for more than a year, is a study in printmaking and Appalachian botany.
Students in the Fed Challenge have a mere 20 minutes to present a well-researched summary of the current economic situation. They also propose actions that the Federal Reserve Bank should take to help improve the economy.
Ali Hamden sees NASCAR fans' passion for racing upclose through her job coordinating events and guest services for the North Carolina speedway.
A professor calls Chis "naturally gifted. He's one of those students who's able to...recall information in a way that is critical and analytical."
With a knack for business studies, Internet communications and intramural flag football, Emily Crew found interests that she never knew existed when she came to Roanoke College.
Klingensmith’s appreciation for her own freshman orientation experience have led to her becoming involved in the College’s R Days orientation program.
The duo from the Health and Human Performance department watch sports on television, but they aren’t always looking for the score. Instead, they watch for the progress that they are making in the way that athletic officials are trained.
RC is proud to have tied for seventh place as U.S. News & World Reports' National Liberal Arts Up and Comers list
This Maroon says her summer experience prepared her for life after college. The knowledge she gained in her field of interest has reaffirmed her desire to work with archives.
This Maroon spent the summer teaching in Guatemala as a way to cement her Spanish language skills while giving back to and working with an indigenous community.
Many colleges provide opportunities for students to study abroad for a semester or year, but some students choose to study at a different location in their own country. Since Roanoke became one of the founding colleges of a program in 1986, its students have been able to study and earn credit in a residential Washington, D.C. program.
The group planned to work with ConstruCasa a nonprofit organization to help build basic homes for people in need.
This honors student from Louisiana has traveled far and wide to teach others the sport about which she is passionate.
Roanoke College values firsthand learning and students in many departments find themselves gaining important real-world skills.
Fans all over the world are watching many RC sports games live on the Web.
Basic human instinct tells most to fear bugs, and most people don’t have the inclination to do research on the very creatures that send a shiver down their spines. Firebaugh’s instincts told her differently, and she is spending much of her time at Roanoke College researching the critters about which she is passionate.
Michael Barrett '04 began researching the effect of shipwrecks on the environment during a semester abroad in Sydney, Australia. Three years later, he became the youngest person to ever receive a National Geographic grant to continue his work.
Many students never come across the opportunity for undergraduate research experience. It is even more far-fetched that an undergraduate environmental science major would find himself researching in a biology lab. At Roanoke College, Garrett Schaperjahn ’10 learned that all you have to do is ask.
At most undergraduate research labs, students can be found washing dishes. Here at Roanoke College, students are part of the entire research process. Students Geoff Bader ’11 and Bryan Piatkowski ’12 work with Dr. DorothyBelle Poli gaining invaluable firsthand learning experience.
When she was younger, all Erica Daniel '09 wanted to be was a doctor. Now, she credits her close relationships with her Roanoke professors for a more detailed and suited career in international public health, focusing on maternal and child health policy.
Student also will spend a semester in France in an effort to further the connection with the manuscript she has studied.
Travel courses ventured far and wide to locations such as the Bahamas, Czech Republic, Greece, Spain, Ireland, Italy, France and Germany.
Editor Dr. Paul Hanstedt, associate professor of English, teaches students the fundamentals in creative writing and publishing.
“The two main objectives of the project are team work and communication,” Gibbs said. “It offers active learning and professional skills that are assets to graduates.”
“Learning by experience and doing things firsthand is the best way to learn and study something,” says Beck. “You can always read something in books, but to go and do it on your own – there’s nothing like it.”
After the conference, all three students say that they are able to connect the topics discussed with their classes and majors.
“URAP projects gives faculty a better understanding of students and brings a broader perspective for everyone,” said Roanoke College’s archivist.
Samantha Strickland '08 has not only given herself a competitive edge on her graduate school applications, but also developed some ideas about what areas of research she might pursue later in her career.
Distinguishing both the students and the College, this unique program involves students from practically their first days on campus in research methods usually not introduced to students until they're in graduate or post-graduate educational arenas.
While many students thrive in the classroom setting, some find more inspiration through hands-on learning opportunities in the lab.
Dr. Lassiter devotes his time to his experiments and to training aspiring researchers.
“If I can help pique my students’ interest in research and scientific careers, I feel that I have done my job as a professor to promote an extended education,” Dr. Balasubramanian says.
“I'm very passionate with politics and it’s very energizing and empowering to help your state,” says Wescott.
Roanoke seniors close their undergraduate careers with a seminar course, which puts their sociology skills and knowledge to use.
“Peru is one of the better places to study abroad. There are not a lot of Americans [there] and so many natural wonders to see,” says Beck.
Hoffman dispels stereotypes about drug offenders through service learning. “By being involved with the project, students develop a sense of empathy that they cannot get from a textbook,” she says.
“As an English major and communications concentration, my classes at Roanoke definitely helped me with my writing and editing skills,” Clark said.
Roanoke College provides student with the opportunity to work inside hospital labs, running blood tests and gaining medical school experience.
Crime investigation shows likes CSI, Law and Order, and Without a Trace will be a classroom and laboratory experience taught by Dr. Benjamin Huddle
“It is uncommon for undergraduates to even have the opportunity to intern in the chambers of a federal judge,” says Assistant Professor of Public Affairs Dr. Todd Peppers.
The projects cover the last juvenile executed in Virginia as well as the rules and norms of hiring federal law clerks.
“There are really beautiful facets of East Asian cultures, specifically Chinese and Japanese, which deserve attention from students.”
Dr. Brooks Crozier says he is proud that his undergraduate student assistants are involved in graduate-level research.
Student researchers are given full control of the experiment, with Addington monitoring from the sidelines.
Students' writing will focus on eastern and western religions, chaos theory, happiness, self-esteem, meditation, neuroscience and the placebo effect.
“This is going to put me at an advantage, not only for graduate school, but jobs, as I’ll be coming in with 3 years of research experience.”
The research measures the attitudes of college students regarding euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide.
Kristi Hoffman extends learning outside the classroom with hands-on experiences
Students seeking teacher licensure are prepared as never before. They’re taking advantage of student teaching and internships the College now offers in Germany and Italy.
The house is one of the oldest in Salem and would provide insight into the lower socioeconomics of the 1850s.
In 1871, the first person was buried and Salem residents are still permitted to be buried in East Hill Cemetary.
Course involves case studies, an advanced business simulation, workshops, labs, readings of top-tier articles and lectures on strategy.
Each team was required to create a comprehensive business plan to include manufacturing, marketing and financial strategies for their products
Many colleges and universities have something similar in the form of a “mock” portfolio, but Roanoke College is unique in that they are using real money.