Research Day was held on May 17, 2013.
Randolph-Macon College held its annual Research Day and Honors Convocation on Friday,
May 17, 2013.
Research Day 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 projects that reflect their year-long, integrated
Research Day activities, held in various locations on campus, included poster sessions,
presentations, seminars, video projects, and drama presentations.
Some of the students involved in Research Day did so in conjunction with the college’s
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
conferences both nationally and internationally. The SURF program is co-directed
by Professors Serge Schreiner (chemistry)
and Kelly Lambert (psychology).
On May 17, graduating seniors donned their caps and gowns and gathered in Blackwell
Auditorium, Randolph-Macon College Center for the Performing Arts, as the college
held its annual Honors Convocation Ceremony.
Awards and scholarships were announced, along with recognition of students inducted
into honor societies. In addition, several faculty members were 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 were presented.
The fifth annual Marilyn J. Gibbs Dedicated Service Award was also 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.