Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) The 2008 Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program is underway at Randolph-Macon College, and for a group of R-MC SURFers, summer means diving into research and soaking up new and innovative information. With the guidance of their professors, SURF students spend the summer conducting research in across-the-board subjects, from mathematics to chemistry to film studies. A sampling of this year’s SURF topics includes Ethics, Privacy and the Genetic Age, which Catherine Noyes ’09 will be researching, and Causality and Film, which James Murray ’09 will be researching. In order to participate in the program, students had to write proposals and apply for grant money to fund their research. SURF students receive a stipend and room and (SURF)board. Many past SURF participants have presented their research throughout the United States and the world, and some students also have had great success in publishing their work and obtaining entry into graduate school. Summer Internships R-MC provides myriad internships within the Bassett Internship program, funding for which is provided by generous donations from The James S. Kemper Foundation located in Chicago, Illinois. Other external internship opportunities also abound for R-MC students —notably the internship held by summer blogger Ron Pandolfi ’09, who is working at the Department of Energy Jefferson Labs in Newport News. Students will be posting online diaries with updates on their research, discoveries and exciting experiences. Follow along as Catherine Noyes, Molly Hyer, Leah Sayre, James Murray, Soso Mamukelashvili, Ron Pandolfi and Derek Gale share their summer 2008 research and internship experiences through R-MC’s Summer Blogs. Catch the waves of their adventures this summer!
Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowships
The SURF program was established in 1995 by the Schapiro Research Program, an endowment fund that supports scholarly undergraduate research by Randolph-Macon College students in all disciplines.