Salem VAMC and RC Research

Salem VA Medical Center and Roanoke College Undergraduate Research Experience

The Salem VA Medical Center offers the chance for Roanoke College undergraduates to gain experience working in research with a seasoned Principal Investigator (PI) on current medical research.  Available research projects have included topics such as "Predictors of Treatment Response Among Veterans with PTSD", "Mental Health in Rural Veterans with and without Traumatic Brain Injury", and "Effect of Exercise Training on Inflammation and Function in HIV Infected Veterans".

Students participate in research, analyze data, and present their work.  Internship or Independent Study course credit is available through various departments at Roanoke College based on the particular project and student major.  Details on expectations for the RC/Salem VAMC research collaboration can be found in this document.   For a list of currently available projects, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Research at  

Applications are taken February 15 - February 28 for research starting in summer or the next academic year.  *NOTE* During the COVID-19 pandemic, this program is on hold.  Students interested in Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Spring 2022 should email the Director of Undergrad Research to get on a mailing list for when applications become open. 

Students interested should meet with the Director of Undergraduate Research in the fall semester or early in spring semester to discuss the program.  An overall GPA of 3.4 or higher is preferred.  An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher will be considered.  Students must have sophomore standing (at least 8 college courses completed) at the time of application.  To apply, submit a cover letter (with research interests), a CV, unofficial transcript, and two letters of recommendation to the Director of Undergraduate Research by the deadline mentioned above for research in the summer or the next academic year (fall and spring semester).