Chemistry

Kern brings computational chemistry experience to Randolph faculty

Jesse Kern

When students think about chemistry, they don’t typically consider the creative aspects of the subject. New chemistry professor Jesse Kern is hoping to show another side of the chemistry to his students. “I want to bring an open-minded, softer, and more flexible approach to studying chemistry,” Kern said. “It’s not necessarily all about the exact... READ MORE >>

A World Apart

This photo of Matea Osti '08 (left) and Marwa Abdel Latif '09 ran in the New York Times in 2006. (Credit: Josh Meltzer/The New York Times/Redux)

Two refugees find friendship, sense of home during college years It was a cold January day in 2005, when a new international student sat down at the same table as Matea Osti ’08 in the College dining hall. Osti had noticed her a few days before, huddled in her winter coat while inside one of... READ MORE >>

Enjoying the ride

Nick Pollard '18

Even though the degree he earns from Randolph will be in chemistry, Nick Pollard ’18 can now add “motorcycle studies” to his academic profile. This summer, Harley-Davidson of Lynchburg created a special internship opportunity for Pollard that has allowed him to work on some of the finest motorcycles he has ever seen. Some of his... READ MORE >>

Educational Experience

Igor Ngabo '18 assists teachers in an activity during Randolph's 2017 teaching institute,

Skylar Pippin ’19 knew that teaching was a difficult profession. But after working with local elementary and middle school science teachers during an annual teaching institute at Randolph last week, she has an even stronger appreciation for the preparation that goes into each lesson. “It’s been a different viewpoint because I’m used to seeing education... READ MORE >>

What’s in Your Hair?

Chemistry professor Ann Fabirkiewicz and Drucilla Williams '18

Drucilla Williams ’18 can’t help herself from thinking about the chemistry behind everyday items and activities. This summer, she’s putting that curiosity to the test. The chemistry major from Jamaica is examining something that directly affects everyone’s daily routine—their hair. Williams is partnering with chemistry professor Ann Fabirkiewicz for the Summer Research project, “Lipid Fingerprinting... READ MORE >>

Randolph honors students with 2017 Academic and Leadership Awards

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Randolph College students were recognized on Wednesday with numerous academic and leadership awards. This annual event honors students who have excelled in their academic performance as well as demonstrated leadership at the College. SEE PHOTOS ON THE RANDOLPH COLLEGE STUDENT LIFE FACEBOOK PAGE Academic Departmental Awards included:   Art and Art History Rachel Trexler Ellis... READ MORE >>

Randolph students inducted into international, national honor societies

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On Tuesday, Randolph students from a variety of academic departments were officially inducted into international, national, and College honor societies. Randolph’s 2017 inductees are:   Psi Chi (psychology) Melissa Hussey Sydnee C. Waller   Iota Sigma Pi (women in chemistry) Drucilla A. Williams Tetiana Poliakova Sophia S. Dill   Lamda Pi eta (communications) Jordon Long... READ MORE >>

2016 graduate hired as research chemist

Yashaswi Shrestha ’16

Yashaswi Shrestha ’16 was recently hired as a research chemist for Beautycounter, a beauty and personal care company based in Santa Monica, California. A chemistry major when she was at Randolph, Shrestha now researches, screens, and reviews chemicals and ingredients used in the company’s products, ensuring that they are both safe to use and not... READ MORE >>

Randolph student participates in national climate science research

Allison Brooks '18

This summer, environmental science major Allison Brooks ’18 was one of 13 students from across the nation selected to participate in Penn State University’s Climate Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). During the 10-week program, Brooks put her chemistry and environmental science knowledge to the test in the... READ MORE >>

For the health of horses

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A group of Randolph College students are spending the summer comparing the effectiveness of over-the-counter medications in treating a skin infection commonly found in horses and livestock. Jessica Sidebottom ’17, Jacquelyn Parman ’18, Di Bei ’18, and Callan Frye ’17 are participating in Randolph College’s Summer Research program and are examining Streptothricosis, commonly known as... READ MORE >>