Victoria Cooper '12
Cooper was recently inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She is shown here
with the president of R-MC's PBK Chapter,
Psychology Professor Susan Parker.
In this video, Cooper
talks about her research experiences.
Randolph-Macon College student Victoria Cooper ’12 is proof positive
that the sky’s the limit when it comes to college life. Cooper, a
computer science major with minors in English literature
and studio art, is a
scholarship recipient, a volunteer and an artist. And that’s just scratching
The Newport News, Virginia native says her most cherished R-MC memories are the
“little ones”—hanging out with friends at Ashland Coffee and Tea, watching movies,
or just walking around campus.
“I think years from now, when I think back on my experiences at R-MC, I will remember
classes, my relationships with my professors, and spending time with my friends,”
A dedicated student, Cooper’s hard work has been duly noted. She is a member of
Phi Beta Kappa,
the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society
and Sigma Tau Delta, an English Honor Society. She is the recipient of four scholarships,
and in 2010 she received the Douglas W. Foard Phi Beta Kappa Award, which is awarded
to juniors who finish their sophomore years with a strong GPA. She has also made
the Dean’s List all four years of her college career.
In 2010, Cooper participated in an
internship at Integra Realty Resources (IRR) in Fort Worth, Texas.
“The staff in R-MC’s Center for Personal and Career Development
were wonderful in helping me polish my résumé and cover letter,” recalls Cooper.
“After a series of interviews and e-mail exchanges, I got the internship.” Cooper
organized the IRR office, copied documents and ran errands.
In 2011, she participated in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program
at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Cooper, working alongside REU undergraduate
and graduate students, worked in a game lab.
“Our goal was to help design educational games,” she explains. “The project I worked
on is called Bug Bots, and the goal of the game is to teach children computer science
concepts. Our team worked on making the game visually appealing.”
In her free time, Cooper taps into her artistic side.
“I took a painting class at R-MC and fell in love with oils,” she says. “Currently,
I am taking a senior capstone project class with Professor Ray Berry. I’m working
on portraits and I really enjoy doing them. I am fascinated by the challenge they
pose and get absorbed in the painting, sometimes making my models—friends of mine—sit
for an hour and half at a time.”
Cooper was recently accepted into the Computer Science Graduate Program at William
“W&M gave me a teaching assistantship, and they gave me a fellowship for my
first two years,” she says. “The fellowship award is sponsored by the Arts &
Sciences Graduate Studies Advisory Board at W&M. The Computer Science Department
is allowed just one nomination each year and they picked me. They’re also paying
my tuition. I’m excited—and a little nervous—about starting grad school. It will
be great to explore new areas of computer science. As for a career, I want to teach,
ideally at the college level. I’ll see where life takes me.”
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