Sarah Sojka

Heat of the summer: Students research effects of climate change, heat stress on seagrass beds

(From left) professor Sarah Sojka, Alex Kulvivat, Paige Edwards, and Jdody Misidor in the water along the eastern shore of Virginia.

Alex Kulvivat ’22, an aspiring aerospace engineer, has always enjoyed building and creating things. Though he knows the path to achieving his career goal is a long, difficult one, he is already gaining plenty of field experience. “Back in high school, I made a couple of products, and one was a posture training device,” Kulvivat... READ MORE >>

Students learn about alternative energy, natural wonders, and vikings in journey to Iceland

Students and faculty hold a Randolph banner in front of a waterfall in Iceland

Nine Randolph environmental studies students and two faculty walked the glaciers, learned about vikings, and admired natural wonders in Iceland as part of a study abroad experience last week. The weeklong trip was part of the “Exploring Geology and Sustainability in Iceland” summer study seminar course, which examined climate change and alternative energy sources being... READ MORE >>

From Biostatistics to Harry Potter and Religion: Register now for summer online courses!

Student talking to professor through a chat window on a laptop

Randolph College is once again offering summer online courses for both Randolph and non-Randolph students seeking undergraduate level academic credit in a wide range of subjects. Registration is now available for summer 2019 online courses at http://online.randolphcollege.edu/. This summer’s selection includes 24 courses in astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, education, geography, Greek, math, sport and... READ MORE >>

Sojka approved for tenure

Sarah Sojka

The Randolph College Board of Trustees recently approved Sarah Sojka, a physics and environmental studies professor, for tenure. She was also promoted from assistant to associate professor, effective July 1. Prior to coming to Randolph in 2013, Sojka received her undergraduate degree in environmental studies-public policy from Eckerd College and her master’s degree and Ph.D.... READ MORE >>

Environmental studies students uncover history at Stratford Hall

Students examine tree core samples

Led by Sarah Sojka, a physics and environmental studies professor, students sampled tree cores, mapped trails, and conducted a ground penetrating radar survey of the site. ... READ MORE >>

Summer Research project tests water quality for rainwater harvesting

Thinh Bill Pham '20 collects a sample of rainwater from a parking lot on campus

While most people hope for sunshine and clear skies in their summer forecast, Margaret Van Beek ’19 and Thinh “Bill” Pham ’20 are holding out for some more cloudy, rainy days. After all, rainwater is essential for their Summer Research project. “I have seen the weather app a lot this summer,” Van Beek said. “It’s... READ MORE >>

Students conduct archaeological research using a ground penetrating radar

Allison Brooks '18 and Jessy Spencer '18 use the GPR device at the old site of Randolph-Macon College.

On Feb. 3, Jessy Spencer ’18 and Allison Brooks ’18 conducted archaeological research using a ground penetrating radar at the original site of Randolph-Macon College in Boydton, Va. They were accompanied by Randolph physics and environmental studies professor Sarah Sojka and history professors Gerry Sherayko and John d’Entremont. The property, which includes the remains of... READ MORE >>

Under (And Above) the Sea: Two internships. Two students. One passion.

Libby Exline '19 scuba diving off the coast of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Two internships. Two students. One passion. While Libby Exline ’19 was spending her summer in the warm, turquoise water snorkeling and scuba diving as part of field study of the coral reefs off the Turks and Caicos Islands, Kati Biggs ’18 was 1,500 miles away on a boat in a completely different environment, studying whales... READ MORE >>

Randolph professor’s environmental research published

Sarah Sojka

Randolph physics and environmental studies professor Sarah Sojka co-authored a paper that recently appeared on the website for Estuaries and Coasts, and will be published this fall in a special issue of the journal. The paper details work by Sojka and several other marine scientists from across the nation to study the ecological effects of “coastal armoring,”... READ MORE >>

Diving into Research

Physics and environmental studies professor Sarah Sojka, Tyrah Cobb-Davis '19, and Libby Exline '19 construct artificial seagrass

Earlier this summer, Tyrah Cobb-Davis ’19 and Libby Exline ’19 looked like they were going on a diving expedition. They packed wetsuits and swimming goggles into a car before loading up the most important item—a large, black mass of intertwined plastic tubes, or artificial seagrass. For their Summer Research project, the students are working with... READ MORE >>