SURF offers students the opportunity to conduct 10 weeks of full-time research.
“SURF truly is one of the flagship programs here at Randolph-Macon College,” said Lindgren. “It is so special because it emphasizes our college’s passion for research and scholarship; for the connection that happens between students and their professors when they work together on unique intellectual challenges; and for the importance of really good ideas. We can’t wait to see where your research journey takes you. The opportunity each of you has before you is limitless.”
Generous Support, Innovative Research
The SURF program was established in 1995 through a generous endowment made by Ben ’64 and Peggy Schapiro. The Schapiros continue to support this program, which promotes scholarly undergraduate research by students in all disciplines. Ben Schapiro has been a long-standing member of the R-MC Board of Trustees and has served the college on a number of other board committees, including the Society of Alumni. He is currently a member of the Presidents Society and the Heritage Society.
The SURF program is co-directed by Kelly Lambert, the Macon and Joan Brock Professor of Psychology, and Serge Schreiner, the Dudley P. and Patricia C. Jackson Professor of Chemistry.
In order to participate in the program, students write proposals and apply for grant money to fund their research. Students receive a stipend and room and board, and results of the research are presented at the annual SURF Symposium and on Research Day. Many past SURF participants have presented their research throughout the United States and internationally, and some have had great success in publishing their work.
This year’s SURF projects focus on a variety of disciplines, including chemistry, biology, political science, history, and physics. A sampling of this year’s SURF topics includes Quantity Discrimination through Olfaction: An Exploration of Canine Cognition, which Amber Samuels ’15 will research under the guidance of Psychology Professor Alva Hughes, and The effect of calorie restriction on the function of cytotoxic T cells in mus musculus, which Talbot Weston ’16 will research under the guidance of Biology Professor Melanie Gubbels Bupp.
Throughout the summer, R-MC will post web stories about individual SURF participants. Visit www.rmc.edu often as we follow students who are diving into research, soaking up new information in across-the-board subjects, and making groundbreaking discoveries.