This summer, SURF’s way up at Randolph-Macon! Thirty students are hard at work in
the laboratory, out in the field and even in Yucatan, Mexico, by way of Randolph-Macon
College’s 2006 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. SURF introduces
students to advanced research under the guidance of experienced professors here
at the college.
This summer, projects are all over the intellectual map. R-MC senior Susan Borowski,
for example, is investigating ways to remove sulfur from coal and accordingly, squelch
one of the primary causes of acid rain. Junior McKenzie Myers will study the impact
of parenting styles on children’s ability to delay gratification, while junior Sara
Tittermary will use fruit flies to study the effects of two proteins, one of which
can lead to the development of chronic myelogenous leukemia, on cell migration.
In order to participate in the program, students had to write proposals and apply
for grant money to fund their research. SURF students also receive a stipend and
room and board. In addition, many past SURF participants have presented their research
throughout the United States and the world. Numerous students also have had great
success in publishing their work and obtaining entry into graduate school.
As students dive into their research, you can ride the waves of adventure through
six R-MC student online blogs this year. Throughout the summer, they will be posting
online diaries with updates on their research, discoveries and exciting experiences.
So, take a peek as Robert Pullin, Travis Thomas, Synthia Reader, April Armstrong
and McKenzie Myers SURF through summer at
[ 2005 SURF Spotlight Archives ]
The SURF program was established in 1995 by the Schapiro Research Program, an endowment
fund that supports scholarly undergraduate research by Randolph-Macon College students
in all disciplines.