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Registration open for free Science Saturdays program for high school students

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What’s in sunscreen? What kinds of nutrients or pollutants are in the local water supply? What’s it like to be a science teacher? During Randolph College’s Science Saturdays, high school students will find out the answers to these everyday questions and more during free, hands-on lab activities and presentations. Each session begins at 10 a.m.... READ MORE >>

SUPER students get a head start on college life

Physics professor Peter Sheldon speaks to SUPER students at Kings Dominion theme park - one of several field trip destinations during the program.

For the first-year students enrolled in the Step Up to Physical Science and Engineering at Randolph College (SUPER) scholarship program, life at Randolph College has already begun. As part of the two-week, three-credit SUPER College Transition Program, 23 students are getting a head start on math and science courses and learning about the services offered... READ MORE >>

Grant allows College to host training for local science teachers for sixth year

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Randolph professors Peter Sheldon, Peggy Schimmoeller, and Amanda Rumore want kids to love science. That’s the driving force behind their efforts to work with local public and private school teachers to provide more hands-on lessons and engaging experiences for area children. Last week, the team of professors was awarded a $139,526 grant from the State... READ MORE >>

Students take the driver’s seat with Summer Research

Zach Vernon ’18 (left) and Russ Burt ’16 analyze graphs of car accident statistics with physics professors Peter Sheldon and Sarah Sojka.

For many years, it’s been widely believed that a vehicle’s back seat is the safest place in the event of a crash, but Russ Burt ’16 and Zach Vernon ’18 aren’t completely convinced. Instead, they, along with physics professors Peter Sheldon and Sarah Sojka, are focusing their Summer Research project on determining if there is... READ MORE >>

Lunch and Learn sessions connect students with faculty

Classics professor Susan Stevens discusses her research with students at a Lunch and Learn session.

Randolph students have a new opportunity to learn from professors in an informal setting this semester. Each Monday, the Center for Student Research sponsors a “Lunch and Learn” that invites students to dine with professors for informal discussions about one professor’s research and creative work. The program was organized to help students become more engaged... READ MORE >>

Symposium of Artists and Scholars celebrates student excellence

The sixth annual Symposium of Artists and Scholars will include more than 60 presentations highlighting Randolph College students’ scholarly work and creative ventures. The symposium will take place Thursday and Friday. Students will present research on a wide range of topics, such as the effects of dance exercise on coordination improvement, the role fungi play... READ MORE >>

Physics Club Wins National Award

The Randolph College chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has been named an Outstanding Chapter by the National Society of Physics Students for 2008-2009. This is the fourth national Outstanding Chapter award for the club, having earned the honor in 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2007-08. “We have an outstanding group of students who are... READ MORE >>

Physics Students Teach Cub Scouts the Science of Speed

Members of the Randolph College Society of Physics Students spent their Saturday morning with the Cub Scouts of Pack 48. They conducted a hands-on workshop, applying the lessons of physics to build faster Pinewood Derby race cars. A longtime scouting tradition, the Pinewood Derby challenges scouts to build a wooden race car from a standard... READ MORE >>

Physics Professor Peter Sheldon Wins Larew Award

Professor of Physics Peter Sheldon is the 2009-10 recipient of the Gillie A. Larew Award for Distinguished Teaching. The honor was announced during Randolph College’s Convocation ceremony on September 1, 2009. The award is given annually to a member of the Randolph faculty who has demonstrated excellence as a classroom teacher. In presenting the award,... READ MORE >>