mathematics

Summer research looks at symmetries in mathematical objects

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Their project involves vertex algebras, an important class of mathematical objects that serve as a bridge between seemingly disparate areas of mathematics and quantum physics—from number theory to string theory.... READ MORE >>

Making it count: Randolph math professor finds success on YouTube

At the beginning of 2020, he had 1,000 subscribers, which grew to 50,000 by the end of that summer and continues to climb. At the end of March, he had more than 135,000 subscribers and was averaging 1.5 million views a month.... READ MORE >>

Randolph computing programs receive grant to increase gender diversity

Randolph College’s computing programs have received a boost from the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT).... READ MORE >>

Randolph Announces 2019-2020 Academic and Leadership Awards

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Academic Awards Art and Art History Outstanding First Year: Aisha Downs Rachel Trexler Ellis ’44 Art Prize for Excellence in Art: Lewis Ward Awarded annually with preference given to a graduating senior studio art major. The criteria for the selection shall include inherent artistic talent and academic performance, along with the intention to pursue a... READ MORE >>

Innovative equations: Randolph senior helps local business develop new process during internship

Jude Quintero ’20

HVAC equipment heavily relies on closed-loop feedback systems. In order to maintain desired aspects like temperature, water flow, airflow, and humidity, you must understand and configure three process variables from a complex differential equation. The process is not easy and requires field tuning via trial and error.... READ MORE >>

Growth & Change: Randolph expands curriculum with several new programs

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The new programs include a master’s program that is the first of its kind in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, two majors, and a minor.... READ MORE >>

Math professor publishes book chapter and presents at special session

Michael Penn

Randolph College mathematics professor Michael Penn recently published a chapter in the Springer INdAM book series. The chapter, titled “Permutation Orbifolds of Fermionic Vertex Superalgebras,” was part of the book Affine, Vertex, and W-algebras. The work described orbifold algebras for rank 3 free and symplectic fermion algebras, and in the case of the free fermion... READ MORE >>

Quintero places in top third among contestants in regional math competition

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

A Randolph student earned a spot near the top of the final standings in a competition that included 758 participants from more than 200 colleges and universities across the East Coast. Jude Quintero ’20 placed 166th in the annual Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest (VTRMC), which was held in the fall. The VTRMC, which began... READ MORE >>

Randolph announces new coaching and sport leadership master’s program, computer science and mathematics major

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Randolph College faculty recently approved two new academic programs—a master’s degree in coaching and sport leadership and a computer science and mathematics major. Both additions are highly sought academic programs that will allow Randolph to meet the needs of both current and future students.  Coaching and Sport Leadership Master’s Program The coaching and sport leadership... READ MORE >>

Two students selected for new study abroad opportunity at Queens University Belfast 

Gunnar Copeland (left) and Wade Hall

Since he arrived at Randolph, Wade Hall ’21 has dreamed of studying abroad. Now, thanks to a new partnership between Randolph and Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), he’ll get to spend a semester abroad in Ireland. What’s more, he’ll get to experience it with one of his best friends, Gunnar Copeland ’21.  The two students are... READ MORE >>