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.
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.
Danielle Robinson, the administrative assistant for the Center for Student Research, knows the benefits of research well. As a Randolph College student, she received a RISE award to participate in a water quality research project in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and she presented some of her creative writing in the Symposium of Artists and Scholars. She manages the paperwork for the Center's programs and also plans events that promote research.