Summer Scholars

Summer Scholars

The Summer Scholars Program began in 2012 with the reception of a Slemp Foundation grant to support undergraduate research.  Mirroring the FINS program and seeking to give students outside the natural sciences the opportunity to engage in undergraduate research, Summer Scholars provides summer stipends of $3000 to students in any other academic program. These stipends allow students to conduct mentored summer research or to engage in a creative project. Just as with FINS, students must choose a project in collaboration with a faculty mentor.  They must then submit a proposal to the Undergraduate Research Council, a long-standing UVa-Wise faculty committee.  Stipends are competitive, and the number of grants is limited.  Students spend the summer working on their project and are required to present the results of their work in a public forum.  All have gone on to present at local and regional conferences.  To date stipends have been awarded to students in administration of justice, computer science, economics, English, history, mathematics, music, political science, psychology, Spanish, and theater.  Prior to 2012 some awards were made for summer research from sources on the campus.


2017 Summer Research Projects

Tiffany Absher
The Influence of Shyness and Parental Attachment on Social Adjustment
Faculty Mentor Madelynn Shell

Natalie Chapman
What Importance Does Public Investment Have in the Economic History and future of Central Appalachia?
Faculty Mentor Zafar Khan

DeMarcus Edwards
Application Software Development Agile vs. Waterfall
Faculty Mentors Abrar Qureshi and Ira Weissberger

Milton Weatherhead
Recreating Creag Ghuanach, a Period-Inspired Performance and its History
Faculty Mentor Hannah Ryan

2016 Summer Research Projects

Alex Cantrell
Academic Adjustment and Depressive Symptoms
Faculty Mentor Madelynn Shell

Kara Dotten
The Collective Imagination
Faculty Mentor Michael McNulty

Ryan Huntington
Deliberate Composition versus Accidental Composition
Faculty Mentor Donnie Sorah

Gabrielle Smith
Spatial Distribution of Wildlife Vehicle Collisions and Factors Influencing Road Mortality in Southwest Virginia
Faculty Mentor James Vance

Ning Zhou
Does Circular Economic Model Boost Economic Development and Diversification in Single Industry Cities?
Faculty Mentor Zafar Khan

2015 Summer Research Projects

Madison Adams
Language Contact in Mexico
Faculty Mentor Christine Weissglass

John Forrest Duncan
Tortured Victims: A History of Homosexuality in an Ever-Changing Germany
Faculty Mentors Mark Clark and Michael Hunt

Lewie Moore
Effect of Maternal Support and Self-esteem on Internalizing Symptoms in Late Adolescence  Faculty Mentor  Madelynn Shell

Catherine Taylor
Predictors of Identity Development
Faculty Mentor  Madelynn Shell

Javier Wagner
Economic Impact of Poor Water Quality from Fracking
Faculty Mentor Zafar Khan

2014 Summer Research Projects

Kevin Alsup
Oral History of St. Charles, Virginia
Faculty Mentor Brian McKnight

Cassondra Chadwell
Gratitude and Positive Affect as Predictors of Positive Relationships
Faculty Mentor  Madelynn Shell

Evan Couch
Immigrants for Appalachian Coal 1890-1940
Faculty Mentor Brian McKnight

Heather Owens
Lie Detection – EEG and Polygraph Correlation
Faculty Mentor Ashley Dickinson

2013 Summer Research Projects

Zachar Canter
Chaucer’s Parson and the Shadow of Wycliffism
Faculty Mentor Ken Tiller

Ethan Dobbins
Measuring and Planning Economic Diversification in Martinsville and Henry County
Faculty Mentor Zafar Khan

Todd Galyean
Tourism in the Coalfields:  A SWOT Analysis
Faculty Mentor Zafar Khan

2012 Summer Research Projects

Eric Bolling
Using Material Culture to Further Historical Understanding
Faculty Mentor Tom Costa

Dakota Thomas
Domestic Expansions of the Liberal Peace Thesis
Faculty Mentor Eric Smith

Projects funded prior to the establishment of the Summer Scholars Program:

2009 Summer Research Project

Craig Collie
Sustainable Growth Strategies for Southwest Virginia
Faculty Mentor Zafar Khan

2008 Summer Research Projects

Emily Witucki
Spectacular Bodies in Entertainment and Marketing
Faculty Mentor Michael. McNulty

Matthew Ramey
Resource Curse in Southwest Virginia
Faculty Mentor Zafar Khan