student faculty research

Fun times with finite group invariants

Jude Quintero '20 (left) and mathematics professor Michael Penn work on an equation

One of the things Jude Quintero ’20 enjoys most about his Randolph experience is getting to know and work with his professors. This summer, he and mathematics professor Michael Penn are bonding over some advanced algebraic equations. “We’ve had a lot of fun,” Penn said. “If you understand this level of math and the language,... READ MORE >>

Summer Research project tests water quality for rainwater harvesting

Thinh Bill Pham '20 collects a sample of rainwater from a parking lot on campus

While most people hope for sunshine and clear skies in their summer forecast, Margaret Van Beek ’19 and Thinh “Bill” Pham ’20 are holding out for some more cloudy, rainy days. After all, rainwater is essential for their Summer Research project. “I have seen the weather app a lot this summer,” Van Beek said. “It’s... READ MORE >>

A Glowing Recommendation

Close-up of glowing phosphor

Despite the Periodic Table, the laws, and the chemical equations, sometimes it’s the simple things that chemists enjoy most. For chemistry professor Bill Bare, the vivid, sometimes glowing colors produced in inorganic compounds is one of his greatest joys. For Summer Research, he and Matthew Williams ’20 are manipulating the electronic structure in phosphoric material,... READ MORE >>

Turning hydrogen peroxide green

Yuriy Snyder '19 (left) and chemistry professor Jesse Kern test a molecule using computational modeling software

In addition to its antiseptic properties, hydrogen peroxide is used in water treatment, textile and paper bleaching, as detergent, and as an oxidizing agent. But despite its many uses, the production process can be expensive and harmful to the environment. This summer, Randolph chemistry professor Jesse Kern and Yuriy Snyder ’19 are working to find... READ MORE >>

Summer Research tests nutritional value of black rice

Valarie Osei-Akyeampong ’19 works to extract pigment from a sample of rice

One day recently, Ann Fabirkiewicz, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Chemistry, was reading about the rising popularity and health benefits of black rice. She had never seen the product in a grocery store, so when she read that it contained more antioxidants than blueberries, she decided to put it to the test. She recruited... READ MORE >>

Summer Research project analyzing textbook costs

Lewis Ward '20 and Stephen Krueger, access and outreach services librarian at Randolph, work together in the Lipscomb Library.

The average American college student pays around $1,200 for textbooks during any given academic year, according to Stephen Krueger, the access and outreach services librarian at Randolph. This summer, he and Lewis Ward ’20 are teaming up to see how Randolph compares. For their Summer Research project, Krueger and Ward are examining the maximum and... READ MORE >>

Randolph professor, students serve as panelists at Virginia Social Science Association conference

(from left) Veronica Lee '21, professor Jennifer Gauthier, Alex Wieczorek '19, and Hannah Overstreet '20

On Saturday, April 21, Jennifer Gauthier, a Randolph communication studies professor, served as a panelist alongside Alex Wieczorek ’19, Hannah Overstreet ’20, and Veronica Lee ’21 at the Virginia Social Science Association (VSSA) conference in Richmond. The group presented “’Still She Persisted’”: Gender, Politics, and Popular Culture,” which included papers addressing gender and politics in... READ MORE >>

Randolph student wins award for research at regional math conference

Taylor Samuels '18 (left) and mathematics professor Jia Wan

Last weekend, Taylor Samuels ’18 earned second place in poster presentations at the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) MD-DC-VA sectional meeting, held at Washington & Lee University and the Virginia Military Institute. Her poster was one of 18 presented, and she was one of 85 students participating in the conference. Samuels presented work from a... READ MORE >>

Article by Randolph professor, students published in Ethics & Behavior

Holly Tatum

An article by Randolph psychology professor Holly Tatum was recently published in the journal Ethics & Behavior. The article was titled “College Students’ Perceptions of and Responses to Academic Dishonesty: An Investigation of Type of Honor Code, Institution Size, and Student-Faculty Ratio.” It was co-authored by Beth Schwartz, vice president for academic affairs and provost... READ MORE >>

Information sessions scheduled for 2018 Summer Research program

Chemistry professor Ann Fabirkiewicz and Drucilla Williams '18 work on their 2017 Summer Research project,

Several Randolph students and faculty members are already making plans for summer break. But they aren’t booking a hotel room at a beach resort—they’re developing projects for the College’s 2018 Summer Research program. Next week, information sessions will be held for students and faculty participating in this year’s program. Students are required to attend one... READ MORE >>