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About the Center for Student Research

The Center for Student Research helps students at Randolph College engage in meaningful research that enhances their education and their preparation for graduate studies, careers, and other opportunities after college.

Founded in 2012, the Center administers three programs that foster, encourage, and reward research activities. The Summer Research Program allows students to conduct research in the summer, working closely with their professors to answer challenging questions. Randolph’s Innovative Student Experience (RISE), allows Randolph juniors and seniors to receive up to $2,000 to support their research, creative works, and other scholarly activities. The Symposium of Artists and Scholars brings the campus community together to honor the best student research and arts each spring.

The Center holds various programs throughout the year to help students learn about these programs, as well as events designed to highlight successful research.


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Peter Sheldon, Director of Student Research

Peter Sheldon, a physics professor at Randolph, is the director of the Center for Student Research. He has a passion for science education and for finding ways to help people take an interest in science. He pioneered the Randolph College Science Festival, an annual event that invites people of all ages in the community around the college to participate in science-based activities, and each summer he directs a program that helps teachers learn better methods for teaching science.

Jenna Carr, the administrative assistant for the Center for Student Research, has a bachelor of arts in communication studies, with an emphasis on social influence, from Lynchburg College. She presented her senior thesis, on the acceptance of sexual diversity in fraternities and sororities, at an event recognizing student scholars. In her free time, she works as a freelance content writer and social media specialist. She coordinates the activities of the Center for Student Research, including events that help Randolph students get involved with research.

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