How do foreign governments attract investment after civil conflict? Summer Scholar Samantha Garst (’15) explains

by roanokecollege on September 8, 2013

Samantha Garst (’15) is an International Relations major with a concentration in Global Business. Her research is based on the question of

“what can governments do to attract more foreign capital at a time when they need it most–as they recover from civil conflict?”

As for the Summer Scholars program, Samantha notes that

“I loved having the opportunity to study something that I was interested in. In any class, you are demanded to abide by a syllabus with certain requirements. I could do everything in my own way, at my own pace.”


Samantha’s faculty mentor for this project was Dr. Andreea Mihalache-O’Keef. Samantha advises other student researchers to get to know your faculty mentor on a personal level.

“It’s nice to come into a meeting and catch up with talk about my family and friends and what I’m doing in my life. It makes me feel more comfortable and more willing to put more work in.”

Samantha plans to continue her research this year and to present her findings at a regional conference. She also plans to prepare for possible internships to ultimately attend  Officer Candidate School after graduation.


Talk more with Samantha and other student researchers at:

Family Weekend Showcase of Experiential Learning on Friday, September 27, 2013 6-8pm in Fintel Library

Roanoke College students from all disciplines will showcase their research, creative works and experiences from intensive learning travel courses.

The event kicks off with a social at 6 p.m. and a keynote speaker at 6:15 p.m. Students will stand at their posters at 6:45 p.m. Attendees should roam throughout Fintel Library and stop to talk to students.

Drop by the registration table for more information on experiential learning opportunities, such as internships, service-learning, study abroad, creative and artistic works and research.

Students, present at the showcase by submitting a short form.

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