science

Alumna makes bequest gift to support STEM scholarships for women

When she attended Reunion earlier this year, Johanne Pryor ’61 was overwhelmed by fond memories, like the Odd class traditions, and the many changes on campus. In addition to her support for the College and donating her class ring in the past, the event prompted her to make a sizeable bequest to support scholarships for... READ MORE >>

Randolph offers free Science + Art Saturdays for high school students

Photo of students looking at a Chemistry experiment in class.

What’s in sunscreen? How does one take the perfect selfie? How is math used to create video games? During Randolph College’s Science + Art Saturdays, high school students will find out the answers to these questions and more during hands-on lab and artistic activities and presentations. The best part? It is all free. Each session... READ MORE >>

Making the SUPER program SUPERB

Zhe Chen '17 and physics professor Peter Sheldon discuss their research on the SUPER program.

Since 2010, the Step Up to Physical Science and Engineering at Randolph (SUPER) program has helped the College recruit, train, and retain the nation’s future scientists. This summer, Zhe Chen ’17 is helping SUPER become SUPERB. Chen is analyzing the effectiveness of each aspect of the four-year program for science, technology, engineering, and math students... 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 >>

National Science Foundation awards Randolph nearly $1 million in grant funds for SUPER program

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Randolph College has received a nearly $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant will fund the Step-Up to Physical Science and Engineering at Randolph (SUPER) program through 2021. Created in 2010, SUPER is a four-year program that provides scholarships to a select number of students each year. The program includes academic... READ MORE >>

Studying Mars brings life to Randolph MAT graduate’s science class at Forest Middle School

L-R: Keaton Ellis, James Dodson, Olivia Moore, and teacher Caitlin Unterman practice flying and landing a drone during coursework on a mock mission to Mars in Ms. Unterman's 8th grade science class on Thursday, April 21, 2016 in Forest, Va. The students are planning a simulated mission to Mars and are even getting help from NASA scientists. (Photo by Jay Westcott/The News & Advance)

By Rachael Smith Reprinted from The News & Advance with permission (Caitlin Unterman ’12, earned her Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Randolph College in 2013) The knowledge of Mars for most eighth-graders is it’s a red planet with dirt on it. This is not the case for the eighth-grade students at Forest Middle... READ MORE >>

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 >>

Science Fest 2016 to feature panel of alumnae scientists

Activities and events during Science Fest weekend!

A regional LEGO competition, demonstrations of science in music, the popular Science Day for elementary school children, and inspirational stories from successful alumnae scientists will be just some of the highlights of the 8th annual Randolph College Science Festival. The Science Festival is a four-day series of free events that allow the public to discover... READ MORE >>

Randolph M.A.T. graduate voted Lynchburg Living’s Top Teacher

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Caitlin Unterman ’12, ’13 M.A.T. received the most reader votes in Lynchburg Living’s second annual Top Teacher awards, and is featured on the cover of the March/April 2016 issue. In their nomination letters, voters lauded Unterman as an “innovative and exciting educator” and praised her for developing from scratch a Space Exploration course that connects... 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 >>