Physics

Alumnae scientists share career experiences with students

Catharine Smith Carty '75 (right) speaks during the panel discussion.

Three alumnae scientists, Aneliese L. Apala ’11, Catharine Smith Carty ’75, and Aliya Gifford ’04, returned to Randolph College Friday afternoon to discuss their experiences and share advice with current students aspiring to enter careers in the sciences. The Women in Science Panel discussion was part of Randolph’s 2016 Science Festival, which continues with events... READ MORE >>

Randolph offering new online courses

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View the full list of Online Classes at Randolph College for Summer 2018 Randolph College is expanding its online course offerings this summer to include communication studies, sport and exercise studies, education, sociology, astronomy, math, and physics. All courses are taught by Randolph faculty and are open to both college and high school students, or... READ MORE >>

Randolph’s Society of Physics Students named national Outstanding Chapter

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The Randolph College chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has won an Outstanding Chapter award for the eighth-straight year. Presented by the national SPS organization, the designation honors the group for its activities during the 2014-2015 academic year. “Being recognized by the national committee is significant for us,” said Peter Sheldon, a Randolph... READ MORE >>

Randolph hosts United States Invitational for Young Physicists Tournament

One of the competing teams talks about their answer to a physics question.

Nearly 100 of the brightest high school physics students from across the world brought their A-game to Randolph College this weekend for the United States Invitational for Young Physicists Tournament (USIYPT). Eleven schools competed in the annual tournament, which is sponsored by the United States Association for Young Physicists (USAYPT). Teams debated answers to open-ended... READ MORE >>

Randolph researchers win award at national physics conference

Randolph students Russ Burt ’17 and Zach Vernon ’18 (back right) received the Society of Physics Best Poster Award at the American Association of Physics Teachers National Conference.

Faculty and students from the Randolph College Physics Department received special recognition for their poster presentation at the American Association of Physics Teachers National Meeting this month. Zach Vernon ’18 and Russ Burt ’17, along with physics professors Peter Sheldon and Sarah Sojka, presented five oral and poster presentations at the conference, held in New... READ MORE >>

Randolph to host international high school physics tournament

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More than 100 high school physics students and around 100 additional teachers, industry professionals, and other guests from around the world will travel to Randolph College for the annual United States Association for Young Physicists’ Tournament (USAYPT) next week. The first four rounds of the two-day tournament will take place Friday, Jan. 29, and rounds... READ MORE >>

Randolph to host 17th annual MARCUS Conference

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Randolph College will host the 17th annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference for Undergraduate Scholarship (MARCUS) on October 10. Since its inception in 1999, MARCUS has attracted students from colleges throughout Virginia and surrounding states. The event typically draws about 100 undergraduate researchers from a wide variety of academic disciplines, who showcase to showcase findings from research... 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 >>

Robots take over Main Hall during coding camp

Campers built and programmed robots to play the Game of Life on a physical grid in Main Hall.

While other summer camps may have focused on athletics, acting, and outdoor activities, participants in Randolph College’s TC3 Coding camp spent time this summer learning computer coding and how to program robots. The camp, in its second year, offered two, one-week sessions for third through seventh grade students. A third week was offered to eighth... READ MORE >>

“Tech cats” code at Randolph

Nikitha Prabhu (left) and Shiloh Mack test their lego robot at the Tech Cats Coding Camp on Wednesday at Randolph College. (Photo by Jill Nance)

By Katrina Dix, News & Advance Reprinted with permission Adults might glaze over if the conversation turns to programming, but children haven’t learned to be intimidated, making them the perfect students for Tech Cats Coding Camp. “You get kids interested in this stuff early … then they’re not going to blink,” said Katrin Schenk, who... READ MORE >>