August 10: SURF Symposium to Showcase Research

Jun 28, 2018


female student in front of screenRandolph-Macon College will hold its 21st annual SURF (Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship) Symposium on August 10, 2018. SURF offers students the opportunity to conduct nine weeks of summer research under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

SURF Symposium Schedule

Generous Support
The SURF program was introduced in 1995 as an endowment to support scholarly undergraduate research by students in all disciplines. The initial gift for the program was made by Benjamin Schapiro '64 and his wife Peggy.

Engaging Presentations
In Copley Science Center, Brock Commons, and Birdsong Hall, students will analyze their research methodology and their final conclusions in oral and poster presentations. The research spans a wide variety of topics across the disciplines of the humanities, social sciences and sciences.

The SURF Program
The program is co-directed by Art History Professor Evie Terrono, and Serge Schreiner, the Dudley P. and Patricia C. Jackson Professor of Chemistry.

Students from all disciplines can apply to the SURF program. Students submit a research proposal for funding to faculty reviewers, emulating a competitive external review process. If funded, the student receives a stipend of $3,500, and it is understood that the research should result in presentation of the findings at professional meetings and submission for publication where appropriate. The college also provides free housing so students can engage in a number of activities as a community. Results of the research are presented at the annual SURF Symposium and on Research Day.