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Alumna Success: Leslie Hainley Rollins ’09
Alumna Success: Leslie Hainley Rollins ’09
Leslie Hainley Rollins '09
What types of research opportunities does Randolph-Macon College offer? Ask
Leslie Hainley Rollins ’09
“At R-MC, I participated in the Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship (
) program,” says Rollins. “This program changed my life. I made lifelong friends with my roommates
Madeleine Forrest ’09
Krista Speicher ’09
Molly Hyer ’09
, and knew I wanted my career to be dedicated to research in cognitive and brain development."
Only while completing her graduate studies at the University of Maryland did Rollins realize that the opportunity to conduct research from conception to completion is relatively rare at the undergraduate level. "The mentorship I received from Professors Susan Parker and Kelly Lambert from the
at R-MC is a large reason why I have been so successful at the University of Maryland," she says.
At R-MC, Rollins played for the
and was a member of
Phi Beta Kappa
Chi Beta Phi
honors societies, and a member of the
. Continuing as a scholar-athlete, Rollins now runs races to stay fit, especially since baking is her favorite hobby. She and her husband,
Daniel Rollins ’09
, live in Kensington, Maryland.
A Passion for Research
Rollins’ passion for research continues. Rollins is currently a doctoral student in Developmental Psychology at the University of Maryland where she earned her M.S. in Developmental Psychology in 2012. The R-MC community is well represented at the University of Maryland Psychology Department, as it includes alumnae at
Erica Glasper ’02
Bonnie Brett ’04
, and Hyer.
“My research is focused on memory and cognitive development using behavioral tasks as well as measures of brain function," says Rollins. "My research has been featured in the journal
as well as at many professional conferences including the Society for Research in Child Development, the Cognitive Development Society, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, and the Association for Psychological Science.” Rollins recently received a $10,000 All STAR (Service, Teaching, Administration, Research) Fellowship from UMD; it funds fellowships for 16 University of Maryland graduate students.
Rollins, whose career goal is to become a college professor, says she adopted a love of teaching from her Randolph-Macon professors.
“The critical thinking, writing, and presentation skills I developed at R-MC have supported me as I develop research studies, submit these studies for publication in academic journals, and present my work to academic communities,” she says. “The opportunities and relationships I built with R-MC faculty are unparalleled. When I applied to graduate school, my professors were able to write detailed and personalized recommendation letters about my abilities as a student and researcher. I have continued to seek advice from Professors Parker and Lambert on how to obtain and succeed in a career in academia. I would never trade my Randolph-Macon community.”
Paving the Way for Success
Rather than prepare students for one career, Randolph-Macon College prepares students for a lifetime of careers in an ever-changing world. Exceptional faculty work with students to cultivate their ability to think critically and analytically and to find creative solutions for solving problems. R-MC graduates are well-prepared for successful careers, often far outside of their areas of study.
and Alumni Network
, the cornerstone of the
Center for Personal and Career Development
, helps Randolph-Macon students lead the pack when competing for jobs and top graduate schools. Students have the support of faculty, career coaches, alumni and staff as they focus on their personal and academic ambitions.
Students may choose to pursue paid or volunteer internships in a wide variety of settings. The
Bassett Internship Program
has been successfully placing students in academic internships both in the U.S. and around the globe for 30 years. Coordinated with the Center for Personal and Career Development, the program helps students identify their interests and matches them with an appropriate internship opportunity. Randolph-Macon’s
provide a strong network of support for students throughout their time at the college or in assisting them after graduation with career direction and opportunities.
The Four-Year Degree Guarantee
Four-Year Degree Guarantee
states in writing that freshmen who meet the Four-Year Degree Guarantee requirements will graduate within four calendar years. If not, Randolph-Macon will waive tuition costs for courses needed to complete the degree. Currently, 95 percent of R-MC graduates complete their degree in four years or less—an important value-added benefit for parents to consider when visiting colleges with their students.
Study Abroad programs
offer students a beyond-the-classroom global perspective and opportunities to immerse themselves in other cultures. Students can choose from a host of travel courses during January Term and semester-abroad programs.
The Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship (
) program gives students the opportunity to conduct 10 weeks of original research under the guidance of faculty mentors. Many students present their findings at national and international conferences.
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