environmental science

Sierra Club honors Randolph as a 2017 ‘Cool School’

Students conduct research on trees and plant life in Natural Bridge State Park.

Randolph has once again been named a “Cool School” by the Sierra Club. The College was one of 227 higher education institutions across the nation and only one of a handful in Virginia to earn the recognition in 2017. Sierra magazine’s Cool Schools ranking is open to all four-year, degree-granting undergraduate colleges and universities in the... READ MORE >>

Diving into Research

Physics and environmental studies professor Sarah Sojka, Tyrah Cobb-Davis '19, and Libby Exline '19 construct artificial seagrass

Earlier this summer, Tyrah Cobb-Davis ’19 and Libby Exline ’19 looked like they were going on a diving expedition. They packed wetsuits and swimming goggles into a car before loading up the most important item—a large, black mass of intertwined plastic tubes, or artificial seagrass. For their Summer Research project, the students are working with... READ MORE >>

Resilient Research

(From left) Sustainability coordinator Sara Woodward '16, Shataaxi Joshi '19, Arnav Upadhyay '19, and the Herzog Family Chair of Environmental Studies Karin Warren discuss their project while walking on campus.

Growing up in Nepal in the shadows of some of the world’s tallest mountains, Arnav Upadhyay ’19 endured brutally cold winters and frequent snowstorms. As he grew older, he could sense the winters getting slightly warmer and more tolerable each year. This summer, he is taking action by helping Randolph College and the City of... READ MORE >>

Environmental science lab to be installed in Moore Hall

Moore Hall

Randolph College’s Moore Hall Lounge will be converted to an environmental science lab this summer. The renovation will be funded by the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC). The $9,616 grant from the VFIC will allow the College to install new flooring, a larger sink for washing field equipment, countertops and cabinets, a storage area... 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 >>

Tiny house project building momentum

Jessy Spencer ’18 oversees the construction of a straw bale bench made at a workshop last week.

Tiny houses were a big topic of discussion at Randolph last year, thanks to a project that researched the ins and outs of constructing one on campus. This summer, Jessy Spencer ’18 is building off that momentum—literally. Spencer is working on a Summer Research project with Karin Warren, the Herzog Family Chair of Environmental Studies,... READ MORE >>

2016 graduate joins Randolph staff as sustainability coordinator

Sara Woodward '16 holds a chicken at last year's Involvement Fair.

When Sara Woodward ’16 left the Red Brick Wall after graduation in May, she didn’t go far. The environmental science major was recently hired as the College’s sustainability coordinator and assistant to the director of the Department of Buildings & Grounds. “I feel truly honored to work alongside the passionate faculty and staff here,” Woodward... READ MORE >>

Teaching the teachers

Participants in Randolph's teaching institute work together to build a structure that would be tested on the shake table.

As adjunct education professor William Eggl explained the final steps of the algebraic equation on the white board, one of the middle school teachers in the Martin Science Building lecture hall exclaimed, “Oh, my gosh. It’s so simple!” Eggl was one of several Randolph faculty members sharing new instructional techniques this week at the College’s... READ MORE >>

Summer Research builds students’ engineering, coding skills

Sarah Sojka, physics and environmental studies professor, observes as Zach Vernon '18 and Leonora Bratvold-Boyd '19 conduct a lab test.

Zach Vernon ’18 and Leonora Bratvold-Boyd ’19 liken their Summer Research experience to a nature adventure. When they began learning coding, the students felt like they were lost in a forest. Now, the pair of aspiring engineers feel more confident in their skills, and it’s as if they have found the river that will lead... READ MORE >>

Randolph students take part in Virginia Power Dialog

Randolph's student delegation to the Virginia Power Dialog with Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Director David Paylor.

Four Randolph College environmental studies students recently discussed global warming with state regulators, officials, and peers from other institutions at the Virginia Power Dialog in Richmond. The event, held Friday, April 8, at the University of Richmond, is one of a number of statewide dialogs being coordinated by the Bard Center for Environmental Policy. The... READ MORE >>