Beginning Research

Highlander Research Rookies

In order to apply, visit the Highlander Research Rookies page for more information!

Radford University’s Research Rookies Program provides research experiences to select high-achieving incoming first year and transfer students to Radford University. Selected students will take a 3 credit hour class in the fall to develop career skills employers want and be paired with a faculty mentor after exploring their options in research and creative works. Students in the program have the opportunity to work alongside their faculty mentor on average for 5 hours a week throughout the next three semesters, thereby maximizing opportunities for research-based engagement and learning. Funding of $4,000 ($1,000 for each of four semesters) will be provided to each Highlander Research Rookie based on active participation in activities associated with Research Rookies.

Benefits of Highlander Research Rookies:

  • Earn a $4,000 stipend over two years ($1,000 at the end of each of your first four semesters)
  • Gain Career Readiness skills employers desire
  • Gain experience working alongside talented faculty
  • Learn what research resembles in your area of interest
  • Present your research at the Student Engagement Forum

Requirements for Highlander Research Rookies:

To be eligible to apply you must be:

  • Any new incoming undergraduate student to Radford University 
  • Committed to 6 hours a week
  • Committed to participate in both the Fall and Spring semesters
  • 3.50 GPA
  • Curious, independent, and reliable


The Research Rookies Program has provided me with support and tools to develop as a profressional with sessions on developing resumes, communicating professionaly, and talking about research in a concise and professional way.

Meridythe Witt: Dance and Music Major, Current Rookie