summer research

History lessons

Shaun Spencer-Hester shows Nour Elkhamra '17 a wall of photos kept by her grandmother, Anne Spencer.

When Nour Elkhamra ’17 moved from Canada to the United States several years ago, she quickly realized life in America is much different from how it’s portrayed in the movies. This summer, she is getting even more lessons in American culture and history as part of a Summer Research project at the Anne Spencer House... READ MORE >>

What’s in Your Hair?

Chemistry professor Ann Fabirkiewicz and Drucilla Williams '18

Drucilla Williams ’18 can’t help herself from thinking about the chemistry behind everyday items and activities. This summer, she’s putting that curiosity to the test. The chemistry major from Jamaica is examining something that directly affects everyone’s daily routine—their hair. Williams is partnering with chemistry professor Ann Fabirkiewicz for the Summer Research project, “Lipid Fingerprinting... READ MORE >>

2017 session of Summer Research underway

Participants in the 2017 Summer Research Program

Randolph College officially began its 2017 Summer Research Program Monday, starting with a luncheon in Cheatham Dining Hall for the student and faculty participants. Each summer, students have the opportunity to spend eight weeks working closely with a professor and conducting research in their favorite subject areas. The intensive program builds valuable skills that are... READ MORE >>

Workshops, application deadline upcoming for 2017 Summer Research program

Marianne Virnelson '17 and theatre professor Stephanie Earl collaborate on their 2016 Summer Research project to compose music for some of Shakespeare's plays.

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 2017 Summer Research program. Next week, grant proposal workshops will be held for students and faculty participating in this year’s program. Students are required to attend... READ MORE >>

Students present Summer Research results

Sarah Grissom '18 explains her group's project.

Randolph students participating in the 2016 Summer Research program presented the results of eight weeks’ worth of lab work, cultural and historical studies, advanced mathematics, and digital animation today during the Summer Research Program Symposium. Participating students and their projects included: Jan Cornell ’17 and Alexandra Wieczorek ’19: “Correctional Food Deserts: Defining the Problem and... READ MORE >>

Summer Research explores links between food access and incarceration

Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women

For two years, communication studies professor J. Nikol Beckham has helped inmates earn their associate’s degrees at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women. This summer, she and two Randolph students are combining her interest in food deserts and her passion for helping those who are incarcerated with a Summer Research project looking at nutritional education... 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 >>

Tiny house project building momentum

Jessy Spencer ’18 oversees the construction of a straw bale bench made at a workshop last week.

Tiny houses were a big topic of discussion at Randolph last year, thanks to a project that researched the ins and outs of constructing one on campus. This summer, Jessy Spencer ’18 is building off that momentum—literally. Spencer is working on a Summer Research project with Karin Warren, the Herzog Family Chair of Environmental Studies,... READ MORE >>

Getting animated about Summer Research

Theatre professor Ken Parks and John Ruml '17 hang out with their animated counterparts.

As evidenced by the popularity of children’s movies like Finding Dory and adult TV shows like Family Guy, the animated film industry is thriving. This summer, John Ruml ’17 is getting a behind-the-scenes look at the booming business by creating his own series. Ruml is working on a Summer Research project with theatre professor Ken... READ MORE >>

Making a game out of Summer Research

Anh Vo '18 and mathematics professor Marc Ordower play John Conway's Game of Life.

Anh Vo ’18 has spent the summer playing and developing the Game of Life™ with one of his favorite professors. But this is no Hasbro board game with tiny, plastic cars or fake money—this game is reserved for those with the most advanced skills in mathematics. For Summer Research, Vo is working with mathematics professor... READ MORE >>