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 (2021)


  • Samantha Meyer. An Immigrant Family of Artists: Seeking the Untold Story of the Silvette Family of Painters. Major: Art History, Studio Art. (Faculty Mentor: Julia Sienkewicz, Fine Arts)
  • Isabella Moritz. The Weight of Power: Dressing Ancient Royalty in Life and in Death. Major: Art History. (Faculty Mentor: Leslie Warden, Fine Arts)
  • Ashtyn Porter. A Comparative Study of Environmental Racism: Redlining at Home and Abroad. Major: International Relations, Creative Writing. (Faculty Mentor: Jesse Bucher, History)

Social Sciences

  • Benjamin Campbell. Effects of Elicited Jealousy on Masculinity and Relational Aggression in Men. Major: Psychology. (Faculty Mentor: Danielle Findley-Van Nostrand, Psychology)
  • Jennifer Engl. Protecting Children on the Move in the United States. Major: International Relations. (Faculty Mentor: Daisy Ball, Public Affairs)
  • Naomi Painter. Disgust and increased prejudice against Asian-Americans during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Major: Psychology, Economics. (Faculty Mentor: Chris Buchholz, Psychology)


  • Ahmed Abu Sultan. Kinematic patterns during locomotion: Examining coordination and control strategies in humans. Major: Physics. (Faculty Mentor: Matthew Rearick, Health & Human Performance)
  • Jacob Barrett. The Effects of Estrogen on Tail Fin Regeneration in Embryonic Zebrafish (Danio rerio). Major: Biology. (Faculty Mentor: Chris Lassiter, Biology)
  • Jake Beardsley. The Harden Effect: Quantifying the Impact of Fouls on NBA Game Outcomes. Major: Mathematics, Economics (Faculty Mentor: Adam Childers, Math, Computer Science, & Physics)
  • Britt Belcher. Managing Stormwater and Restoring Ecosystems Services on the Roanoke College Elizabeth Campus: An Initial Assessment. Major: Environmental Studies, Sociology. (Faculty Mentor: Chelsea Peters, Environmental Studies)
  • Kristen Privette. The Paradox of Urban Insect Diversity: what role do refugia play?. Major: Environmental Studies. (Faculty Mentor: Rachel Collins, Biology)
  • Emma Richards. The Effect of Ferulic Acid on Tomato Root Lengths. Major: Biology. (Faculty Mentor: Len Pysh, Biology)
  • Eli Wooliever. Development of a Water Quality Sensor to Investigate Pollutants and Environmental Inequality. Major: Physics, Biochemistry. (Faculty Mentor: Rama Balasubramanian, Math, Computer Science, & Physics)

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 (