Research Day activities included poster sessions, presentations,
seminars and more.
On Friday, May 13, 2011, 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 projects.
It also affords first-year students, all of whom participate in the
First-Year Experience (FYE) program, the opportunity to create culminating
projects that reflect their year-long, integrated academic experience. Research
Day activities included poster sessions, presentations, seminars, video projects,
drama presentations and more.
Some of the students involved in Research Day did so in conjunction with the college’s
unique Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship
(SURF) program. SURF was introduced in 1995 as an endowment to support scholarly
undergraduate research by R-MC students in all disciplines. The initial gift for
the program was made by Benjamin Schapiro ’64 and his wife Peggy, whose continued
generosity provides students with the opportunity to conduct original research under
the guidance of a faculty member.
SURF students are paid a stipend and many present their findings at academic and
professional conferences both nationally and internationally. The SURF program is
co-directed by Professors Serge Schreiner (chemistry)
and Kelly Lambert (psychology).
Research Day 2011 for a schedule of the day’s events.