Sarah Sojka

Students begin summer research on the Eastern Shore of Virginia

Students collect samples on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Some sit in the boat, while others are in the water in wetsuits.

The project brings together two fields—marine science and computer science—that, at first glance, might not seem like a natural fit.... READ MORE >>

The financial viability of rainwater harvesting at the center of summer research project

Rainwater harvesting—the collection of run-off from a structure to store it for later use—can be a powerful tool in combating water supply problems, but questions still remain about its financial viability.... READ MORE >>

Students looking for a faster way to study benthic microalgal communities

Sarah Sojka and her students are studying benthic microalgae, an important part of the seagrass community, to see how they’ve been impacted by a seagrass restoration project on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. ... READ MORE >>

Sojka publishes book chapter

Sarah Sojka

Physics and environmental studies professor Sarah Sojka recently published a book chapter in “Resilient Water Management Strategies in Urban Settings: Innovations in Decentralized Water Infrastructure Systems.”... READ MORE >>

Sojka joining international panelists for forum on rainwater harvesting, stormwater management

Sarah Sojka

Sojka’s presentation will introduce a research project examining how the financial viability of rainwater harvesting systems varies with system features, such as tank size, roof area, and daily water demand.... READ MORE >>

Small but mighty: Summer research evaluating the diversity of microscopic algae from the Eastern Shore

Aleighson Robertson ’24 scrolls through the images on her laptop, pointing out the microorganisms captured on each frame.... READ MORE >>

Before and After: Summer Research Project revisits professor's dissertation work

SRP 2020 - Sojka

Bryce Russell ’22, Nadia Tibbs ’22, and professor Sarah Sojka are working with samples from the Eastern Shore of Virginia for their project, which will look at the impact of seagrass restoration on ecosystem carbon storage.... READ MORE >>

President's end-of-year message to alumnae and alumni

Aerial view of Randolph and the surrounding community in Lynchburg, Va.

It is hard to believe that we have reached the end of the academic year. These past weeks have been filled with challenges and uncertainty as we have all tried to adjust to the world as we know it today.... READ MORE >>

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 >>