Natasha Paulus '11 presented her poster, Localization of GPR56,
A G Protein-Coupled Receptor, on Mouse Sperm Using Immunofluorescence Microscopy.
Robert Allen ’11, Taylor Thornton ’11, Dr. Elsa Falls, Kevin Shevchuk ’11 and Rebecca
Robinson ’10, from the FYE course The Human Genome. The students' poster is titled
An Investigation of the Relatedness of Mitochondrial DNA Between Four Individuals.
Alex Donskoy '11, Meghan Minnick '11, Dr. Bruce Torrence, James Street '11 and Regina
Presley '11, from the FYE course The Human Genome. The students' poster is titled
Comparing Ancestry Using Mitochondrial DNA and Analysis.
On Friday, May 16, 2008, Randolph-Macon College held its annual Research Day. This
outstanding program is a campus-wide event that represents the culmination of student
research efforts, including senior and honors theses, as well as course and program
projects. It also affords first-year students, all of whom participate in the college's
First-Year Experience program (FYE), the opportunity to create meaningful culminating
projects that reflect their year-long, integrated academic experience. More than
200 R-MC students presented research projects during this year's event.
Professor April Marchetti, Ph.D., opened the Research Day poster session by sharing
her own research experience while a student at R-MC. “That summer, when I worked
on my SURF (Shapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship) project, I found out I was
a creative thinker, and doing research gave me confidence in myself.” Marchetti
lauded students for their research efforts. “The value of what you are learning
is different and bigger than you think. It teaches you to be creative and learn
what you didn’t realize you were learning. Think about the value of SURF and the
impression it will have on your future.”
Carter Augustine ’08 and three of her classmates presented a poster, Children’s
conformity on matters of fact and matters of opinion. “It’s great that
students can do original research here. Taking a day out to celebrate that is how
R-MC encourages and cheers on students. Research Day showcases the caliber of students
we have. It’s not a small sect—it’s a majority, and that’s very exciting,” said
Amanda Rzucidlo ’09 presented her poster, Electrophysiological
Differences Between Relaxation and Meditation: What’s on Your Mind? Rzucidlo’s
research indicates that there are no differences in Galvanic Skin Response (GSR),
heart rate or coherence when comparing relaxation techniques and meditation. Her
research also indicates that both meditation and relaxation, as elicited by the
Wild Divine Biofeedback software, are physiologically very similar.