Summer Scholar Caroline Mueller (’15) researched recreation and exercise for the sensory impaired community

by roanokecollege on September 17, 2013

Caroline Mueller (’15) is an Exercise Science major whose research deals with recreation and exercise for the sensory impaired community.

She began this study last semester with student-athletes from the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind cross country team.

Caroline states that her favorite part about her experience as a Summer Scholar was

“having the freedom of working anytime and anywhere I wanted. I needed just the right atmosphere to work: a bit of background noise, coffee, and a comfortable place to work for a few hours everyday. Coffee shops are great if you want to get some serious work done.”

Caroline Mueller

Caroline’s faculty mentor for this project was Dr. Elizabeth Holbrook. Caroline recommends other students doing research to

“stay in regular contact with the faculty member, even if it’s simple conversations about how the process is going. I would also advise students to stay on a regular schedule because it is so easy to procrastinate if someone isn’t hounding you to keep working.”

Caroline plans to continue doing research in the Health and Human Performance Department this year and hopes to publish her research in the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness. She also will be working in a community garden sponsored by the Chaplain’s Office and the Roanoke Community Garden Association, working as a teacher’s aide, and riding her mountain bike.

For more information on how the Health and Human Performance Department at Roanoke College helps students with real-world learning, watch this fantastic video featuring several students:



Talk more with Caroline 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.

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