About the Center for Student Research

The Center for Student Research helps students at Randolph College engage in meaningful research that enhances their education and their preparation for graduate studies, careers, and other opportunities after college.

Founded in 2012, the Center administers three programs that foster, encourage, and reward research activities. The Summer Research Program allows students to conduct research in the summer, working closely with their professors to answer challenging questions. The Symposium of Artists and Scholars brings the campus community together to honor the best student research and arts each spring. And Randolph’s Innovative Student Experience (RISE) awards up to $2,000 to support research, creative works, and other scholarly activities to students, who may apply at any time to use a grant for projects beginning in their second year.

The Center holds various programs throughout the year to help students learn about these programs, as well as events designed to highlight successful research.



Holly E.Tatum
Center for Student Research Director, Professor of Psychology ( e-mail )

Holly E. Tatum

Tatum is the Mary Sabel Girard Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Department of Psychological Science at Randolph College. She teaches undergraduate courses in experimental psychology, research methods, tests and measurements, gender, and health psychology as well as the senior capstone course. Holly’s research interests include health psychology, personality, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Her recent work has examined the effect of honor codes on academic integrity among college students. Her work has been published in The Journal of Higher EducationEthics & BehaviorTheory into Practice, and The Journal of College and Character. As a proponent of undergraduate research, Holly has coauthored book chapters on research-based capstone courses, summer research programs for undergraduates, and high impact practices in capstone courses in psychology. She recently co-authored a book on ethics in psychological  research for undergraduate students. Holly regularly collaborates with undergraduate students on research projects leading to numerous presentations at national conferences, a book chapter, and three peer-reviewed journal articles with undergraduate coauthors. She is currently working on a grant-funded project investigating the effect of risk-taking on cheating among adolescents.

Luisa B. Carrera
Administrative Coordinator, ( e-mail )

Luisa Scott headshotCarrera facilitates student and faculty scholarship, the Symposium of Artists and Scholars, the Summer Research Program, the American Culture Program, and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference for Undergraduate Scholarship (MARCUS). Luisa especially enjoys meeting with students to discuss how to they may receive Randolph’s Innovative Student Experience (RISE) Grant award and hearing about their innovative ideas and research topics. Luisa frequently travels, hikes, kayaks, bicycles, motorcycles, and loves being out of doors.  She resides in Monroe with her husband Mark and their fabulous feline family.