Summer Scholars

Would you rather flip hamburgers (or paint houses or mow lawns) or spend a summer on the Roanoke campus using your mind? Would you like to get a package worth more than $5,000 for feeding your curiosity?  Summer scholars are paid $2,500, receive summer housing (valued at $1,400), and a summer course credit.

Roanoke's Summer Scholar Program is designed for serious students who want to use their summers wisely and work one-on-one with faculty. Every year, students compete for selection to receive one of the summer scholarships. Faculty from across the college review student research proposals and decide these prestigious awards.

For Summer Scholars, the experience continues into the fall, as every student presents their project during Family Weekend. A good salary. A mind-expanding summer. A chance to strut your stuff. It all adds up.

Recent Summer Scholars Projects (2017)


  • Erin Hannon. Latin America's Forgotten Revolutionaries: Women in the Mexican, Cuban, and Nicaraguan Revolutions. Major: History. (Faculty mentor: Ivonne Wallace Fuentes, History)
  • Alexander Pelletier. An Industrial Revolution: Road to Reform and Restoration. Major: History. (Faculty mentor: Stella Xu, History)
  • Olivia Streett. Better Homes und Gӓrten:  German women in the construction of civility in colonial East Africa. Major: History. (Faculty mentor: Jesse Bucher, History)

Social Sciences

  • Tyler Hofmann-Reardon. Making a Voter. Majors: Political Science and History. (Faculty mentor: Harry Wilson, Public Affairs)
  • Sabrina McAllister. Time Perspective as a State-Based Measure. Major: Psychology. (Faculty mentor: David Nichols, Psychology)
  • Megan Miller. Self-driving cars as a test of the potentially harmful effects of empathy on moral decision making. Major: Psychology. (Faculty mentor: Chris Buchholz, Psychology).
  • Abdul-Fatah Soroush. United Nations and Global Governance. Major: International Relations. (Faculty mentor: Andreea Mihalache-O'Keef, Public Affairs)


  • Austin Bane. Constructing a Software for Modeling Protostellar Formation with Visual Representation. Majors: Math, Computer Science, and Physics. (Faculty mentor: Matt Fleenor, Physics)
  • Lynn Luckenbaugh. Investigation of the Gene Coding for Hydroxymandelate Synthase Protein in Streptomyces violaceusniger. Majors:  Biochemistry and Math. (Faculty mentor: Cathy Sarisky, Chemistry)
  • Andrew Luther. Using Relationships between Words to Find Relevant Terminology in Historical Texts. Majors: Computer Science, History and Math. (Faculty mentor: Anil Shende, Computer Science)
  • Holly Morrison. Pressure Ulcers: A Translational and Comparative Medical Approach at Discovering a Successful Treatment Method. Majors: Biology and Environmental Studies. (Faculty mentor: Meg Steinweg, Biology)
  • Sky Paderick. CuInS2 Nanoparticles: A Kinetics Approach to Size and Shape Control of Nanoparticles by Manipulation of Thiourea Sulfur Precursors. Major: Chemistry. (Faculty mentor: Steven Hughes, Chemistry)
  • Nathan Price. Thermal Self-Healing Polymers: Kinetic Studies of Model Diels-Alder Reactions Using 19F NMR. Major: Chemistry. (Faculty mentor: Gary Hollis, Chemistry)

Roanoke students also frequently present their research work at regional and national professional conferences.  Most summer scholars present their work at such conferences in addition to the on-campus Showcase of Experiential Learning.

For more information contact the Director of Undergraduate Research (