Physics

Randolph hosts United States Invitational for Young Physicists Tournament

One of the competing teams talks about their answer to a physics question.

Nearly 100 of the brightest high school physics students from across the world brought their A-game to Randolph College this weekend for the United States Invitational for Young Physicists Tournament (USIYPT). Eleven schools competed in the annual tournament, which is sponsored by the United States Association for Young Physicists (USAYPT). Teams debated answers to open-ended... READ MORE >>

Randolph researchers win award at national physics conference

Randolph students Russ Burt ’17 and Zach Vernon ’18 (back right) received the Society of Physics Best Poster Award at the American Association of Physics Teachers National Conference.

Faculty and students from the Randolph College Physics Department received special recognition for their poster presentation at the American Association of Physics Teachers National Meeting this month. Zach Vernon ’18 and Russ Burt ’17, along with physics professors Peter Sheldon and Sarah Sojka, presented five oral and poster presentations at the conference, held in New... READ MORE >>

Randolph to host international high school physics tournament

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More than 100 high school physics students and around 100 additional teachers, industry professionals, and other guests from around the world will travel to Randolph College for the annual United States Association for Young Physicists’ Tournament (USAYPT) next week. The first four rounds of the two-day tournament will take place Friday, Jan. 29, and rounds... READ MORE >>

Randolph to host 17th annual MARCUS Conference

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Randolph College will host the 17th annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference for Undergraduate Scholarship (MARCUS) on October 10. Since its inception in 1999, MARCUS has attracted students from colleges throughout Virginia and surrounding states. The event typically draws about 100 undergraduate researchers from a wide variety of academic disciplines, who showcase to showcase findings from research... READ MORE >>

SUPER students get a head start on college life

Physics professor Peter Sheldon speaks to SUPER students at Kings Dominion theme park - one of several field trip destinations during the program.

For the first-year students enrolled in the Step Up to Physical Science and Engineering at Randolph College (SUPER) scholarship program, life at Randolph College has already begun. As part of the two-week, three-credit SUPER College Transition Program, 23 students are getting a head start on math and science courses and learning about the services offered... READ MORE >>

Robots take over Main Hall during coding camp

Campers built and programmed robots to play the Game of Life on a physical grid in Main Hall.

While other summer camps may have focused on athletics, acting, and outdoor activities, participants in Randolph College’s TC3 Coding camp spent time this summer learning computer coding and how to program robots. The camp, in its second year, offered two, one-week sessions for third through seventh grade students. A third week was offered to eighth... READ MORE >>

“Tech cats” code at Randolph

Nikitha Prabhu (left) and Shiloh Mack test their lego robot at the Tech Cats Coding Camp on Wednesday at Randolph College. (Photo by Jill Nance)

By Katrina Dix, News & Advance Reprinted with permission Adults might glaze over if the conversation turns to programming, but children haven’t learned to be intimidated, making them the perfect students for Tech Cats Coding Camp. “You get kids interested in this stuff early … then they’re not going to blink,” said Katrin Schenk, who... READ MORE >>

Students take the driver’s seat with Summer Research

Zach Vernon ’18 (left) and Russ Burt ’16 analyze graphs of car accident statistics with physics professors Peter Sheldon and Sarah Sojka.

For many years, it’s been widely believed that a vehicle’s back seat is the safest place in the event of a crash, but Russ Burt ’16 and Zach Vernon ’18 aren’t completely convinced. Instead, they, along with physics professors Peter Sheldon and Sarah Sojka, are focusing their Summer Research project on determining if there is... READ MORE >>

Students doing more than just squeaking by in Summer Research

Physics Professor Katrin Schenk (right) assists Eric Huber ‘18 and Franziska Klostermyer '15 with a programming component of their project developing an ultrasonic vocalization research system.

Eric Huber ’18 and Noelle Wojciechowski ’17 are spending the summer creating efficient and affordable technology that will help Randolph researchers as well as college labs across the country collect and analyze ultrasonic vocalization data. To test the new tools they are building, the group is working with physics professor Katrin Schenk to track ultrasonic... READ MORE >>

Randolph professor featured on NPR

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Katrin Schenk, a Randolph physics professor, and her students are at the forefront of research using technology to help patients with dementia. ... READ MORE >>