Physics

More than scratching the surface: Students test durability of antimicrobial materials

Leif Kvarnes and professor Peter Sheldon build a machine to test the durability of antimicrobial surface samples

If you’ve recently visited a public place such as a gym, an airport, or a doctor’s office, you might have noticed a rough texture applied to the door knobs, toilet handles, and other frequently touched surfaces. The special material is called an antimicrobial surface, and many businesses are now incorporating the self-cleaning technology to help... READ MORE >>

Sound check: Summer Research examines natural, acoustic properties of Randolph performance venues

Hailey Gilman plays flute while the rest of the group watches the audio frequency levels

In 1969, American composer Alvin Lucier recorded a monologue called “I Am Sitting in a Room” and played the audio from a speaker into a microphone multiple times at various distances and frequencies. Eventually, after multiple iterations, all that was left to be heard were the high-pitched, natural, resonant overtones of the room. “It sounds... READ MORE >>

Graduate outcomes: What’s next for the Class of 2019?

The Class of 2019 graduated in Smith Hall Theatre on Sunday, May 12. Here is what some of them will be doing next in their lives beyond the Red Brick Wall: Maya Wheeler Major: Environmental studies Working for the Peace Corps in Senegal “I was mostly interested in the environmental field and agriculture, so when... READ MORE >>

Meet the graduates: Alex Clem ’19

Alex Clem

As we look ahead to Commencement, we’d like to introduce some of our 2019 graduates! Alex Clem ’19 is a physics major who has been hired as a combat systems safety engineer at Dahlgren Military Base, where he interned last summer. Here’s what he had to say about what’s next, and how Randolph prepared him... READ MORE >>

Randolph announces 2019 Academic and Leadership Awards

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Randolph College held its annual Academic and Leadership Awards ceremony to honor students who excelled in their academic performance as well as demonstrated leadership at the College. The following students received awards: Academic Awards Art and Art History Outstanding First Year: A’Nyeja Adams Rachel Trexler Ellis ‘44 Art Prize for Excellence in Art: Cai Czuhai... READ MORE >>

Physics professor Peter Sheldon named Leader of the Month by Lynchburg Business magazine

Peter Sheldon

Peter Sheldon, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Physics & Engineering and director of the Center for Student Research at Randolph, is featured as Leader of the Month in the latest issue of Lynchburg Business magazine. In the article, Sheldon answered questions about his work at Randolph, the SUPER program, and his role in founding... READ MORE >>

Honor roll: Students inducted into national, international 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 2019 inductees were: Psi Chi (Psychology) Rabiea Ashraf Waijha Ashraf Maida Choudery Alex Conway Tori Green Kyosuke Takano Agnes Reyes Merced   Phi Alpha Theta (History) Rebecca E. Lesnak Alexandra Murgas   Omicron Delta... READ MORE >>

From Biostatistics to Harry Potter and Religion: Register now for summer online courses!

Student talking to professor through a chat window on a laptop

Randolph College is once again offering summer online courses for both Randolph and non-Randolph students seeking undergraduate level academic credit in a wide range of subjects. Registration is now available for summer 2019 online courses at http://online.randolphcollege.edu/. This summer’s selection includes 24 courses in astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, education, geography, Greek, math, sport and... READ MORE >>

Sojka approved for tenure

Sarah Sojka

The Randolph College Board of Trustees recently approved Sarah Sojka, a physics and environmental studies professor, for tenure. She was also promoted from assistant to associate professor, effective July 1. Prior to coming to Randolph in 2013, Sojka received her undergraduate degree in environmental studies-public policy from Eckerd College and her master’s degree and Ph.D.... READ MORE >>

WildCats win CATS Hallowheels costume design contest

Randolph students pose with Maddie, age 6, in her Cinderella-themed costume,

Randolph physics students recently won Children’s Assistive Technology Service‘s (CATS) Hallowheels costume contest and fundraiser—and also made it a very special Halloween for a disabled six-year-old named Maddie. Randolph’s Society of Physics Students created a Cinderella-themed costume around Maddie’s wheelchair they called “Maddierella.” In the voting, Randolph helped raise nearly $1,000 for CATS, which will be used... READ MORE >>