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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 >>

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 >>

New Randolph program will recognize local science teachers

Area high school teachers participate in group activities at the Science Teaching Institute at Randolph in 2018

Talented area science teachers now have a new way to be honored for their work in the classroom, thanks to a new program from Randolph College. Beginning in the spring at the 2020 Randolph College Science Festival, Randolph will present annual awards to high school science teachers in the local area who have demonstrated excellence... READ MORE >>

Science + Art Saturdays = fun for area high school students

Students take photos and selfies with art in the Maier as part of a Science + Art Saturdays activity

This fall, Randolph College will continue its popular (and free) Science + Art Saturdays, featuring a wide range of scientific and creative ventures for local high school students. Each session begins at 10 a.m., lasts about two hours, and includes a complimentary lunch. Laboratory activities are taught by Randolph faculty, and interactive tours and art workshops are... READ MORE >>

Physics professor Peter Sheldon named Leader of the Month by Lynchburg Business magazine

Peter Sheldon

Peter Sheldon, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Physics & Engineering and director of the Center for Student Research at Randolph, is featured as Leader of the Month in the latest issue of Lynchburg Business magazine. In the article, Sheldon answered questions about his work at Randolph, the SUPER program, and his role in founding... READ MORE >>

SciFest 2019 – Recap

Local children enjoy a physics activity at Randolph College SciFest

Stories, news coverage, video, and photo galleries from SciFest, Pi Run, Science Day, Maker Fair, and more.... READ MORE >>

Origami and engineers: SciFest speakers show interconnectedness of art and science

Jessica Sidebottom Jones ’17, Danielle Stone ’17, and Laura Williams spoke during the Women in Science Panel Friday

As Robert J. Lang clicked through a slideshow featuring his most impressive creations, the students in the audience gasped in amazement. His origami works include everything from a 500-micron bird that’s so small it can only be seen through a microscope, to a more than 20-foot-tall Hero’s Horse monument shaped like a Pegasus in Irving,... READ MORE >>

2019 Science Festival explores ‘The Art and Science of Origami’

Child participating in science activities during the 2018 Science Festival

Did you know there is a mathematical algorithm to the art of origami? Did you also know that the algorithms and theorems of origami design have shed light on long-standing mathematical questions and have solved practical engineering problems? Robert J. Lang, a physicist and one of the world’s leading origami artists, will explain the connection... READ MORE >>

Randolph Science Festival receives Technology Program of the Year Award

Participants in the 2018 Science Festival work on computers

Randolph College’s Science Festival was recently recognized for its impact on the region at the Lynchburg Regional Technology Council’s 2018 Tech Edge Awards ceremony. Randolph received the Technology Program of the Year Award, which recognizes an educational institution or group of students who have shown outstanding achievement in the areas of technology and innovation in... READ MORE >>

Sign up now for Science + Art Saturdays this fall!

A student carefully measures liquid being poured into a beaker

This fall, Randolph College will continue its popular (and free) Science + Art Saturdays, featuring a wide range of scientific and creative ventures for local high school students. Each session begins at 10 a.m. and includes lunch. Laboratory activities are taught by Randolph faculty, and interactive tours and art workshops are taught by staff from the Maier Museum... READ MORE >>