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2017 session of Summer Research underway

Participants in the 2017 Summer Research Program

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 critical in graduate school or in employment. Students conduct laboratory tests, field studies, literature analysis, computer programming, and other research-related work. They are paid a stipend for participating.

The program includes a series of seminars with guest speakers, and it concludes with a symposium during which students will present the results of their summer work.

The 2017 program includes the following participants and projects:

  • Lisa White ’18 and sociology professor Danielle Currier: “The Meaning of Political Mobilization: Who Are We and Why Are We Protesting Donald Trump?”
  • Drucilla Williams ’18 and chemistry professor Ann Fabirkiewicz: “Lipid Fingerprinting for Hair Analysis”
  • Dung Nguyen ’18, Avisha Shah ’18, and psychology professor Blair Gross: “Developing Virtual Reality as an Educational and Research Tool”
  • Jasmine Fowler ’20 and education professor Cheryl Lindeman: “What Do You See? Sharing Unseen Patterns with Children”
  • Adam Nguyen ’19 and physics professor Katrin Schenk: “Interactive Visualization of Activity and Location Data for Functional Assessment and Caregiver Effectiveness in an Alzheimer’s Population”
  • Skylar Pippin ’19, Igor Ngabo ’18, education professor Peggy Schimmoeller, physics professor Peter Sheldon, and biology professor Amanda Rumore: “Teaching Math and Science in a Changing World”
  • Tyrah Cobb-Davis ’19, Elizabeth Exline ’19, and physics and environmental science professor Sarah Sojka: “Using Artificial Seagrass Beds to Study Restoration”
  • Lauren Moore ’18, Alexandra Wieczorek ’19, and political science professor Vincent Vecera: “The Meaning of Political Mobilization: Media Construction of Public Opposition to the Trump Administration”
  • Taylor Samuels ’18 and mathematics professor Jia Wan: “Digitizing the First-Year Seminar Prescheduling”
  • Shataaxi Joshi ’19, Arnav Upadhyay ’19, and Herzog Family Chair in Environmental Studies Karin Warren: “Resilient Randolph: Analyzing Risks and Establishing Measurable Strategies for Campus-Community Climate Resilience”
  • Zachary Pennix ’18 and visiting professor of American Culture Noel Wolfe: “Where Did All of the Radicals Go? Examining the Evolution of Anti-Drug Activism in the South Bronx from 1965-1985”
  • Nour Elkhamra ’17, education professor Consuella Woods, and education professor Peggy Schimmoeller: “The House of Anne: Cataloging and Teaching the Contributions of Anne Spencer”

Read more about each project as the summer progresses at

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