Paulo Garcia '06, a physics major and
math minor, discovered a passion for research while
completing a SURF research project with physics professor Deonna Woolard. Now with
a PhD in biomedical engineering, Dr. Garcia is part of a multidisciplinary team
developing a groundbreaking new cancer treatment. "R-MC," he says, "prepared me
extremely well for my graduate studies."
Read more about Paulo Garcia's
SURF offers Randolph-Macon College students the unique opportunity to conduct ten
weeks of full-time, original research during the summer months, under the guidance
of a faculty mentor.
Like professional scientists and scholars, Randolph-Macon students apply to the
SURF program by writing a proposal and a request for grant money to fund their undergraduate
research project. If the project is approved, SURF participants receive a modest
stipend as well as free housing.
At the conclusion of the SURF program each year, students
present their research in a conference keynoted by an esteemed academic
or other nationally recognized leader. Students also submit a final written report
and are encouraged to present their findings at a professional meeting in their
Former SURF participants who go on to graduate school find themselves particularly
well prepared for the rigors and intellectual challenge of independent research,
which many of their graduate-student peers are encountering for the first time.
The SURF program was established in 1995 through a generous gift made by Ben '64 and Peggy Schapiro. The Schapiros continue to support this program, which promotes scholarly undergraduate research by R-MC students in all disciplines.
For more information:
SURF guidelines and application process
Professor Kelly Lambert (Psychology)
Professor Serge Schreiner (Chemistry
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