summer research

An App for That

Taylor Samuels '18 and mathematics professor Jia Wan

Last summer, mathematics professor Jia Wan served as a master advisor for incoming students. Frustrated by the scheduling software being used, one of her colleagues commented, “There must be an app for this.” That’s when Wan had an idea. “Because I teach programming classes, I thought it would be a perfect project for students to... READ MORE >>

Curious About Curiosity

Education professor Cheryl Lindeman and Jasmine Fowler '20 craft more blocks for their

Like Santa Claus at Christmas time, Jasmine Fowler ’20 and education professor Cheryl Lindeman have been loading up a large bag with items for children to enjoy. But instead of toys, the young students they visit this summer will receive mysterious blocks, puzzles, and other objects meant to stir their curiosity. Fowler and Lindeman have... READ MORE >>

Activism Explained

Sociology professor Danielle Currier and Lisa White ’18 discuss their research.

When Lisa White ’18 chose to major in sociology at Randolph, she did it with her 14-year-old daughter in mind. Her child was also the inspiration for a Summer Research project she is conducting about feminism and activism. “This interests me because my daughter is African American and I want to fight for her rights... READ MORE >>

Taking the virtual leap

Dung Nguyen '18 (left) and psychology professor Blair Gross watch as Avisha Shah '18 uses the Oculus virtual reality headset.

This spring, Randolph psychology professor Blair Gross took one of her classes to a virtual reality lab at the University of Virginia. Students took turns putting on the Oculus headset and walking a plank from the top of a tall building in a virtual world, but no one, including Gross, could bring themselves to find... READ MORE >>

History lessons

Shaun Spencer-Hester shows Nour Elkhamra '17 a wall of photos kept by her grandmother, Anne Spencer.

When Nour Elkhamra ’17 moved from Canada to the United States several years ago, she quickly realized life in America is much different from how it’s portrayed in the movies. This summer, she is getting even more lessons in American culture and history as part of a Summer Research project at the Anne Spencer House... READ MORE >>

What’s in Your Hair?

Chemistry professor Ann Fabirkiewicz and Drucilla Williams '18

Drucilla Williams ’18 can’t help herself from thinking about the chemistry behind everyday items and activities. This summer, she’s putting that curiosity to the test. The chemistry major from Jamaica is examining something that directly affects everyone’s daily routine—their hair. Williams is partnering with chemistry professor Ann Fabirkiewicz for the Summer Research project, “Lipid Fingerprinting... READ MORE >>

2017 session of Summer Research underway

Participants in the 2017 Summer Research Program

Randolph College officially began its 2017 Summer Research Program Monday, starting with a luncheon in Cheatham Dining Hall for the student and faculty participants. Each summer, students have the opportunity to spend eight weeks working closely with a professor and conducting research in their favorite subject areas. The intensive program builds valuable skills that are... READ MORE >>

Workshops, application deadline upcoming for 2017 Summer Research program

Marianne Virnelson '17 and theatre professor Stephanie Earl collaborate on their 2016 Summer Research project to compose music for some of Shakespeare's plays.

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 2017 Summer Research program. Next week, grant proposal workshops will be held for students and faculty participating in this year’s program. Students are required to attend... READ MORE >>

Students present Summer Research results

Sarah Grissom '18 explains her group's project.

Randolph students participating in the 2016 Summer Research program presented the results of eight weeks’ worth of lab work, cultural and historical studies, advanced mathematics, and digital animation today during the Summer Research Program Symposium. Participating students and their projects included: Jan Cornell ’17 and Alexandra Wieczorek ’19: “Correctional Food Deserts: Defining the Problem and... READ MORE >>

Summer Research explores links between food access and incarceration

Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women

For two years, communication studies professor J. Nikol Beckham has helped inmates earn their associate’s degrees at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women. This summer, she and two Randolph students are combining her interest in food deserts and her passion for helping those who are incarcerated with a Summer Research project looking at nutritional education... READ MORE >>