summer research

Summer Research tests nutritional value of black rice

Valarie Osei-Akyeampong ’19 works to extract pigment from a sample of rice

One day recently, Ann Fabirkiewicz, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Chemistry, was reading about the rising popularity and health benefits of black rice. She had never seen the product in a grocery store, so when she read that it contained more antioxidants than blueberries, she decided to put it to the test. She recruited... READ MORE >>

Summer Research project analyzing textbook costs

Lewis Ward '20 and Stephen Krueger, access and outreach services librarian at Randolph, work together in the Lipscomb Library.

The average American college student pays around $1,200 for textbooks during any given academic year, according to Stephen Krueger, the access and outreach services librarian at Randolph. This summer, he and Lewis Ward ’20 are teaming up to see how Randolph compares. For their Summer Research project, Krueger and Ward are examining the maximum and... READ MORE >>

Randolph presents 2018 Academic and Leadership Awards

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Randolph College presented numerous  students on Wednesday with academic and leadership awards. The annual Academic and Leadership Awards ceremony honors students who excelled in their academic performance as well as demonstrated leadership at the College. Academic Awards Art and Art History Rachel Trexler Ellis ’44 Art Prize for Excellence: Morgan Osburn and Stacey Samuels Best... READ MORE >>

Randolph student wins award for research at regional math conference

Taylor Samuels '18 (left) and mathematics professor Jia Wan

Last weekend, Taylor Samuels ’18 earned second place in poster presentations at the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) MD-DC-VA sectional meeting, held at Washington & Lee University and the Virginia Military Institute. Her poster was one of 18 presented, and she was one of 85 students participating in the conference. Samuels presented work from a... READ MORE >>

Information sessions scheduled for 2018 Summer Research program

Chemistry professor Ann Fabirkiewicz and Drucilla Williams '18 work on their 2017 Summer Research project,

Several Randolph students and faculty members are already making plans for summer break. But they aren’t booking a hotel room at a beach resort—they’re developing projects for the College’s 2018 Summer Research program. Next week, information sessions will be held for students and faculty participating in this year’s program. Students are required to attend one... READ MORE >>

Students present findings from Summer Research

Summer Research poster presentations in the Hampson Commons

Randolph students participating in the 2017 Summer Research program presented the results of eight weeks’ worth of lab work, cultural and sociological studies, innovative teaching strategies, and environmental research today during the Summer Research Program Symposium. Several groups have also been invited to present their work at national conferences within the next year. Participating students... 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 >>

Research in the Big City

Visiting professor of American Culture Noel Wolfe and Zach Pennix '18 at the City University of New York's Centro de Estudios Puertorriquenos (Center for Puerto Rican Studies).

During his first trip to New York City, Zach Pennix ’18 was awestruck. The city had so much to offer—culture, entertainment, great food—that the Lynchburg native struggled to take it all in during his first trip there. “I couldn’t see enough,” he said. “I just wanted to see and experience it all.” Pennix spent his... READ MORE >>

Educational Experience

Igor Ngabo '18 assists teachers in an activity during Randolph's 2017 teaching institute,

Skylar Pippin ’19 knew that teaching was a difficult profession. But after working with local elementary and middle school science teachers during an annual teaching institute at Randolph last week, she has an even stronger appreciation for the preparation that goes into each lesson. “It’s been a different viewpoint because I’m used to seeing education... READ MORE >>

Resilient Research

(From left) Sustainability coordinator Sara Woodward '16, Shataaxi Joshi '19, Arnav Upadhyay '19, and the Herzog Family Chair of Environmental Studies Karin Warren discuss their project while walking on campus.

Growing up in Nepal in the shadows of some of the world’s tallest mountains, Arnav Upadhyay ’19 endured brutally cold winters and frequent snowstorms. As he grew older, he could sense the winters getting slightly warmer and more tolerable each year. This summer, he is taking action by helping Randolph College and the City of... READ MORE >>