Research Day is a campus-wide event that represents the culmination of student research
Randolph-Macon College will hold its annual Research Day and Honors Convocation
on Friday, May 11, 2012.
R-MC Research Day Schedule of Events
This campus-wide event 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 include poster sessions, presentations, seminars, video
projects, drama presentations and more.
Some of the students involved in Research Day do so in conjunction with the college’s
unique Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
SURF was introduced in 1995 as an endowment to support scholarly undergraduate research
by students in all disciplines. Students conduct 10 weeks of full-time, original
research during the summer months, under the guidance of a faculty mentor. The initial
gift for the program was made by Benjamin Schapiro ’64 and his wife Peggy.
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).
Graduating seniors will don their caps and gowns and march into Blackwell Auditorium,
Randolph-Macon College Center for the Performing Arts, as the college holds its
annual Honors Convocation Ceremony. The event will take place at 2:30 p.m.
More than 100 awards and scholarships will be announced, along with recognition
of students inducted into honor societies. Several faculty members will also be
honored. The Thomas Branch Award for Excellence in Teaching Award, The United Methodist
Church Exemplary Teaching Award and The Samuel Nelson Gray Distinguished Professor
Award will be presented.
The fourth annual Marilyn J. Gibbs Dedicated Service Award will also be presented.
The award was created by a generous gift from former Dean of Admissions and Financial
Aid Steven Nape and his wife Diane. This award is given annually to a staff member
for outstanding service to and support of the mission of the college. The award
is named in honor of Marilyn J. Gibbs, whose 18 years of dedicated service to the
college as assistant professor of sociology and then registrar exemplified the highest
ideals embodied in the college’s mission.
A reception outside of Blackwell Auditorium will follow Honors Convocation.