HayleyFieldPhoto

 

In March of 2015, Hayley Field, now a graduate from Roanoke College, presented her research at the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Hayley was involved with the sociology department and travelled with fellow Roanoke College student Mariana Araujo, graduate student Stephanie Floyd, and Dr. Chad Morris.

 
Hayley decided to pursue research in her topic after her research methods class with Dr. Anderson.

“I chose the topic of refugees out of my interest in other cultures and thinking about how difficult and incomprehensible their lives are to individuals like myself, who have never had to worry about being persecuted for reasons such as race or religion. I wanted to create a study that looked more into their lives in order to learn more about the challenges they face. I wanted to ameliorate the many hardships they go through in any way possible by finding ways to help them feel better adapted and welcomed in their new host country. I then decided to apply for Summer Scholars so that I could actually carry out my proposal and the project expanded from there, after discussing it and making it more feasible with Dr. Mehrotra.”

Hayley enjoyed working with a professor one on one:

“It is a great way to form relationships with professors and allows you to learn on a much deeper and more personal level. These experiences really pushed me to work harder and gave me very valuable lessons that I would have never had without having such dedicated professors that were willing to guide me through the process of conducting my own research study.”

Hayley’s favorite part about the conference was learning about all the different research that anthropologists are doing around the world:

“I especially enjoyed going to the sessions that had to do with refugee and immigrant populations because it was a really neat feeling to be able to apply my research to other researchers’ work and find similarities between mine and their findings.”

For anyone interested in research, Hayley says:

“It isn’t that common that so many students are able to do their own research and work one on one with their professors, so it is definitely worth it to find something that you would enjoy doing, such as internships, independent studies, or summer scholars. It helps you get connected with professors and individuals in the community, and it also gives you a great advantage when applying to graduate school or jobs by having had such great experience in your undergraduate years.”

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

Summer Scholars Introduction: Theodore Bauer and Abigail Mendez

August 21, 2015

The Summer Scholars program enrolled thirteen students in 2015. Two of those students are Theodore Bauer and Abigail Mendez. Teddy Bauer Teddy Bauer is a rising senior at Roanoke College majoring in Environmental Science and Biology while also studying eco-centric religions. Teddy grew up in rural Virginia where he became interested in the local wildlife […]

Read the full article →

Summer Scholars Introduction: Alexandra Grant and Dannielle Allen

July 8, 2015

For the Summer Scholars program, a number of students are chosen to pursue a research topic of their choice that could be used to benefit people. In 2015, thirteen students were accepted into the program. Two of those thirteen are Alexandra Grant and Dannielle Allen. Alexandra Grant Alex is a rising senior at Roanoke College […]

Read the full article →

Roanoke College students present at Virginia Tech conference

June 24, 2015

Pictured above from left to right: Jessica Compton, Wesley Knowles, Daniel Osborne, and Kelsey Reedy. Daniel Osborne, now a junior at Roanoke College, presented his research on individualism in America and its effects on human well-being. Daniel traveled to Virginia Tech with his fellow presenters Jessica Compton, Wesley Knowles, and Kelsey Reedy and Doctors Mike […]

Read the full article →

Summer Scholars Introduction: Ben Cowgill and Andrew Feeney

June 19, 2015

Thirteen students were enrolled in the 2015 Summer Scholars program. Introducing two more of the summer scholars, we welcome Ben Cowgill and Andrew Feeney. Ben Cowgill Ben Cowgill is a rising junior at Roanoke College who is majoring in religious studies. Born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Ben has been highly involved in religion […]

Read the full article →

Roanoke College student presents research on mod subculture

June 12, 2015

In late February of 2015, Rachel Barton, now a senior at Roanoke College, was able to present her research on mod subculture. Rachel worked under the Sociology department for her completion of her concentration in Gender and Women Studies. She decided to do research because of her interest in the concentration and interdisciplinary work. Rachel […]

Read the full article →

Summer Scholars Introduction: Emma von der Lieth and Tessa Sydnor

June 3, 2015

The Summer Scholars program is one of the many research opportunities available at Roanoke College. Students can apply to the program to spend their summer doing paid, intensive research with a professor. Summer Scholars receive free housing and work full time to further their research. Summer Scholars of 2015 has 13 students enrolled doing research […]

Read the full article →

Roanoke College Research Assistant Spotlight: Elizabeth Bullock

May 15, 2015

The Work Study Research Assistant program (WSRA) is one of the various research opportunities at Roanoke College where students can participate in doing research with a professor. In the Work Study program, students are paid for their help in the research project they are affiliated with. Any student can work with a faculty member throughout […]

Read the full article →

RC URAP Student Spotlight: Ann Shreckhise

April 9, 2015

The Undergraduate Research Assistants Program (URAP) is a program where students work one on one with a faculty member on a research project together. Students apply their senior year of high school and can work on their research program for four years. Ann Shreckhise is a senior who entered the program her freshmen year. She […]

Read the full article →

RC Student Conference Presentation: Costume design

March 31, 2015

  The first week of March, Roanoke College senior Emily Edmonds was able to present her research at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Chattanooga, TN.  Emily did her work under the Fine Arts department. Emily’s research topic focused on costume design in The Importance of Being Earnest, a play by Oscar Wilde. She decided to […]

Read the full article →