Thursday, May 16, 2013

Students tackle real-world research questions in 2013 Summer Research Program

Elizabeth Delery ’14 and Meron Demeke ’15 hope to use compost to keep soft cheeses and fruits free from bacteria that can prove deadly for pregnant women and the elderly.

Meanwhile, Hart Gillespie ’15 will spend much of his summer tracking asteroids through the Winfree Observatory telescope and sending data to NASA.

And Kavya Pradhan ’14 will find out whether the efforts to clean up Lynchburg’s Blackwater Creek are having the intended effect.

It’s all in a day’s work for Randolph College’s Summer Research students.

The 2013 Summer Research Program kicked off this week with a luncheon during which students and professors introduced their research plans. This summer, 24 students are working with 14 faculty members to conduct research in topics ranging from theatre to geology and from biophysics to political science.

Throughout this summer, come back to the Randolph College blog for details and stories about each project. You will find out how the students are doing research, what they discover, and how they are having fun along the way.