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 $5,500 for feeding your curiosity?  Summer scholars are paid $3,000, 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 (2019)

Social Sciences

  • Jared Boone. Power Structures and Political Tradition: An Explanation for the Disparate Healthcare Outcomes Between the United States and France. Major: Political Science, French. (Faculty Mentor: Bryan Parsons, Public Affairs)
  • Emma Howard-Woods. Barriers to Healthcare Access: How Socioeconomic Status Affects Perceived Access to Healthcare. Major: Sociology. (Faculty Mentor: Kristen Schorpp, Sociology)
  • Nathaniel Willis. Religion and Politics in the Middle East: A Comparative Study of Christian Communities in Egypt, Lebanon, and Israel. Major: History, Political Science. (Faculty Mentor: Jonathan Snow, Public Affairs)
  • Stephanie Zemba. Social Isolation Among Aging Immigrants. Major: Sociology. (Faculty Mentor: Meeta Mehrotra, Sociology)


  • Emma Coogan. Testing the Limits of Perception and Cognition of the Odorous House Ant Tapinoma sessile. Major: Biology. (Faculty Mentor: Rachel Collins, Biology)
  • Andrew Droubay. Pointer Visualization and Education in C++ Through Gamification. Major: Computer Science, Mathematics (Faculty Mentor: Durell Bouchard, MCSP)
  • Isabel Hildesheim. Using Bryophytes for Stronger Quantification of the Effects of Air Pollution in Habitat. Major: Biology. (Faculty Mentor: DB Poli, Biology)
  • Mark Maust. Optimization and Investigation of a novel palladium-catalyzed olefin difunctionalization. Major: Chemistry. (Faculty Mentor: Skip Brenzovich, Chemistry)
  • Dylan Sullivan. Development of a Low-Cost Fluorescence Spectrometer. Major: Chemistry. (Faculty Mentor: Richard Keithley, Chemistry)
  • Andrew Webb. Creating Interactive Fire Spread in VR. Major: Applied Computer Science. (Faculty Mentor: Anil Shende, MCSP)

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 (