Summer research project tests the minds of Randolph student, professor

Professor of Psychology Rick Barnes and Sarah Ballard-Abbott '16 look through historic psychological tests in the College's psychology lab.

Randolph College’s psychology lab was founded in 1891-the same year as the institution itself-and was one of the first 20 such collegiate labs in the country. “That makes some of the equipment and tests we have here really historically valuable,” said psychology and environmental studies professor Rick Barnes, who is partnering with Sarah Ballard-Abbott ’16... 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 >>

Psychology student learns about mental health careers in summer internship

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This summer, Emily Richards ’15 helped operate a summer camp organized by Horizon Behavioral Health.... READ MORE >>

Randolph psychology professor teaches on Semester at Sea

Photo of Rick and Tina Barns at sea

Rick Barnes has an interesting classroom this summer: the Atlantic Ocean, the Baltic Sea, and spots in Spain, Portugal, Finland, and other locations in Europe. Barnes, a Randolph psychology and environmental studies professor, is teaching for Semester at Sea, a program that brings faculty from many colleges together to provide a unique educational experience at... READ MORE >>

Evolution, psychology, and physical attraction

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Open up almost any magazine aimed at teenagers and young adults, and you can find numerous articles about how to be attractive, either through the way one dresses, acts, or talks. Two Randolph students are working on scientific research into the topic of attractiveness. But their work is designed to lead not to more dating... READ MORE >>

Psychology students present research at annual VPA meeting

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Several Randolph College psychology seniors presented their research papers at the annual meeting of the Virginia Psychological Association in Norfolk, Va. The seniors and their presentation titles are listed below. Jacob Hood ’14 and Robert Villanueva ’14 (presented by Jacob Hood): Effects of Race and Socioeconomic Status on the Perceived Credibility of Eyewitnesses Alexis Arnett... READ MORE >>

Journal of Higher Education publishes research by Randolph faculty

A prestigious publication on higher education has published an article written by Randolph College faculty members and an alumna. “Classroom Participation and Student-Faculty Interactions: Does Gender Matter?” appears in the latest edition of the Journal of Higher Education. The article was written by psychology professors Holly Tatum and Beth Schwartz, also the Catherine E. &... READ MORE >>

Top psychology professors list includes Beth Schwartz

Beth Schwartz

A Randolph College faculty member has been named one of the best 21 psychology professors in Virginia. Beth Schwartz, the Catherine E. & William E. Thoresen Chair in Social Sciences and assistant dean of the College, was named to the list by and Online Schools Virginia, websites that provide information on educational resources, including... READ MORE >>

Mom of three fulfills educational dream at Randolph

Cindy Ferguson

Cindy Ferguson ’13 has lived two blocks from Randolph College for nearly 20 years. When her children were small, she used to bring her family to have dinner on campus. “It was a great way to find babysitters,” she said. She never thought a degree from Randolph would be in her future. “I grew up... READ MORE >>

Randolph Professor/Student Team Receives Funding for Additional Research

LYNCHBURG – A fellowship from the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) will allow a Randolph psychology professor/ student team to expand their summer research plans.
Beth Schwartz, who also serves as assistant dean, Carl Coffey `11, a psychology major, and Alexis Mandar... READ MORE >>