Summer research 2015

MARCUS Conference at Randolph to highlight work of 112 undergraduate researchers

Marcus Poster

This Saturday, 112 undergraduates from across the region will showcase their research and creative projects at Randolph College for the 17th annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference for Undergraduate Scholarship (MARCUS). In its first year hosting the conference, the College anticipates 56 oral presentations and 47 poster presentations. Twenty Randolph students will be presenting Summer Research findings,... READ MORE >>

Summer Research Program concludes with presentations

Samantha Strickler '17 presents the results of her research on the history of the Rivermont Historic District.

Students participating in the 2015 Summer Research Program presented the results of eight weeks’ worth of lab work, cultural and historical studies, and even dancing and acting routines during final presentations today. “The 2015 Summer Research Program has had a great group of dedicated and engaged students,” said Amanda Rumore, a biology professor and director... READ MORE >>

Summer Research brings magic to the Thoresen stage

Theatre professor Ken Parks reviews photos of the stage illusion tests with students Morgan Wardlaw ’17 (left) and Daisy Howard ’17.

Being in a theatre production is hard work. It’s even more difficult when just two people are doing the acting, creating the props and outfits, and writing the script. But with a little magic, Daisy Howard ’17 and Morgan Wardlaw ’17 are bringing all of those elements together for a special show. For their Summer... READ MORE >>

Big role seen for tiny houses

Hagay Haut (left) of Randolph College and E.C. Glass student Spencer Cohen take readings on temperature and humidity for the tiny houses they built on campus. (Photo by Jill Nance)

By Jessie Pounds, News & Advance Reprinted with permission Randolph College students study viability of small structures for sustainable housing A tiny house made of mud and straw might sound primitive, even prehistoric, but in a hidden garden on the far reaches of their campus, two Randolph College students are conducting modern experiments with these... READ MORE >>

Student researching sociocultural effect of mills

Danielle Currier (left) and Ayla Hagen '’18 visit the site of a Lynchburg mill that closed in the 1950s.

Inspired by the work of a former Randolph professor, Ayla Hagen ’18 is conducting a Summer Research project that examines the socioeconomic effect of mills on their surrounding communities. Hagen is following in the footsteps of John K. Morland, a Randolph professor who wrote Millways of Kent. The book describes the role of “Kent’s Mill,”... READ MORE >>

Student looks for leads in Summer Research

Chemistry professor Bill Bare looks at colored solutions prepared by Di Bei '’18 that may be used to test water contamination levels.

During her first year at Randolph, Di Bei ’18 performed as a flutist in the College’s Chamber Orchestra and completed a shadowing program with doctors at a local hospital—all while taking a full academic load. She’s spending her summer conducting advanced level chemistry experiments for her Summer Research project. Bei and chemistry professor Bill Bare... 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 >>

Summer Research takes student on a trip down memory lane

History professor Gerry Sherayko and Samantha Strickler '’17 visit the old Jones Memorial Library building on Rivermont Avenue.

Samantha Strickler ’17 is happiest in a room full of books and historical documents. Thanks to her Summer Research project, the history major from Luray, Virginia, feels like she is spending the eight weeks of the program in paradise. Strickler and history professor Gerry Sherayko have spent the summer flipping through pages of old Lynchburg... READ MORE >>

Students get a ‘sample’ of environmental pollution testing during Summer Research

Allison Brooks '18 and Rob Campbell '13 collect soil samples by hand while Melissa Pasierb '’17 and River Keeper Pat Calvert test other sites from a motorboat.

Dams have long been recognized as key contributors to producing clean energy through hydroelectric power, but one that is causing environmental concerns in Lynchburg is giving a group of Randolph researchers the chance to put their scientific skills into action—and help the community at the same time. Environmental science majors Allison Brooks ’18 and Melissa... READ MORE >>

Student research shows tiny houses can lead to big savings

Environmental Studies Professor Karin Warren and Sara Woodward '16 mix up a batch of cob as Sustainability Coordinator Ludo Lemaitre (center) adds more straw at the site where a tiny house could be built.

After hearing a lecture on the benefits of micro housing during the fall 2014 semester, Sara Woodward ’16 joked with Karin Warren, the Herzog Family Chair of Environmental Studies, about building a “hobbit house” on the Randolph College campus. The idea became a serious one in the spring 2015 semester, when Woodward took Warren’s Energy... READ MORE >>