physics

A hands-on approach: Summer Research focusing on curriculum guide for teachers

Summer Research 2020 - SciFest

The Science Festival curriculum guide Zoe Waring ’22 is creating for her Summer Research Project is full of activities teachers can use in their own classrooms. It’s the kind of work she wishes was available when she was in school.... READ MORE >>

Randolph Announces 2019-2020 Academic and Leadership Awards

Randolph College banner in front of Main Hall

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 >>

Medical Mentor: Randolph parent connection helps aspiring medical physicist obtain unique internship

Thinh “Bill” Pham '20

Thinh “Bill” Pham ’20 never expected to save someone’s life. But last summer, that’s just what happened.... 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 >>

Randolph physics professor presents research

Peter Sheldon

Randolph physics professor Peter Sheldon recently presented research conducted by himself and fellow physics and environmental science professor Sarah Sojka at the annual national meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers in Orlando, Florida. The research was titled “Cohort Intervention Impacts on Undergraduate Science Students’ Success.”... READ MORE >>

Society of Physics Students holds workshop for Girl Scouts

Randolph College banner in front of Main Hall

The Department of Physics & Engineering, along with eight members of the Society of Physics Students (Shae Taylor ’22, Jude Quintero ’20, Mikayla Jenkins ’23, Agnes Reyes Merced ’21, Hailey Gilman ’21, Paige Edwards ’21, Nicholas Vazquez ’20, Brandon Michael Kaiser ’21) hosted four cadette Girl Scout troops on Saturday, February 1, for a workshop... READ MORE >>

Sheldon named runner-up for national Society of Physics Students award

Peter Sheldon

Peter Sheldon, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Physics & Engineering at Randolph, has been selected as a runner-up for the national Society of Physics Students’ (SPS) 2019 Outstanding Chapter Advisor award.  Sheldon was nominated by his students, who spoke highly of the impact he has made on their college experience and their lives.  “He... READ MORE >>

Physics students present research at national conference

From left: Jude Quintero '20, Joe Vazquez '20, Hailey Gilman '21, Kyle Miller '20, Jackson Powell '21, Leif Kvarnes '20, and physics professor Peter Sheldon

This weekend, six students attended and presented their research at PhysCon 2019, hosted by the national Society of Physics Students in Providence, Rhode Island. Attendees included Jude Quintero ’20, Joe Vazquez ’20, Hailey Gilman ’21, Kyle Miller ’20, Jackson Powell ’21, Leif Kvarnes ’20, and Peter Sheldon, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Physics & Engineering. Quintero... READ MORE >>

American Institute of Physics awards funding for new Physics Phest! initiative

A visitor gets her hair blown back by a mini jet engine at the 2019 Science Festival.

Thanks to funding from a national physics organization, Randolph College has launched yet another program that will expand its annual Science Festival and benefit local high school students and teachers. Peter Sheldon, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Physics & Engineering and director of the Center for Student Research at Randolph, received the William F.... READ MORE >>

More than scratching the surface: Students test durability of antimicrobial materials

Leif Kvarnes and professor Peter Sheldon build a machine to test the durability of antimicrobial surface samples

If you’ve recently visited a public place such as a gym, an airport, or a doctor’s office, you might have noticed a rough texture applied to the door knobs, toilet handles, and other frequently touched surfaces. The special material is called an antimicrobial surface, and many businesses are now incorporating the self-cleaning technology to help... READ MORE >>