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Summer 2013 Research Projects

Faculty Student(s) Dept. Title
Mace Archer Ashley Peisher '15
Sonja Cirilo '15
Theater & Film The Shooting of Beholder: Adapting and filming Jim Peterson's award-winning one-act play
Brad Bullock Tsubasa Watanabe '14 Sociology Assessing effects of the Randolph College Student Center on levels of community integration
Jennifer Dugan Rebekah Leo '15
Sarah Terlizzi '15
Political Science Playing Power Politics: A Three-Part Case Study of the Palestinian Question and UN Legitimacy
John d'Entremont Will Dede '14 History The Story of Virginia in the Saga of America
Adam Houlihan** Elizabeth Delery '14
Meron Demeke '15
Biology Evaluation of compost conditions on Listeria innocua survival and growth.
Marc Ordower Nam Hoang '15 Mathematics Sending Order through Chaos
Katrin Schenk Chris Hollingsworth '15
Alex Kwakye '15
Biophysics Assessing social deficits in two mouse models of disease using ultrasonic vocalizations
Katrin Schenk# Si Thu Aung '16
Thawda Aung '13 
Duc Dinh '16
Physics Mobile monitoring and assessment of human activity levels
Katrin Schenk*
Jack Gross
Hart Gillespie '15 Astronomy Measuring Asteroid Occultations Using Randolph College's Winfree Observatory
Peggy Schimmoeller##
Peter Sheldon
Amanda Rumore
Katherine Lesnak '15
Sydney Henson '14
Science Education Science and Math Links: Research-Based Teaching Institute
Beth Schwartz Elizabeth van Noppen '14 Psychology The Influence of an Honor System on Academic Integrity
Peter Sheldon** Tim Slesinger '14
Tung Tran '15
Physics Investigating Traditional Methods of Inertial Navigation versus Using a Smartphone
Vincent Vecera Connor Dye '15
Penny Trieu '15
Political Science One Language Under Law: How Courts Influence the Way Americans Think and Talk About Social Policy
Karin Warren Kavya Pradhan '14 Environmental Science Assessing the Impact of the Combined Sewer Separation Project on Water Quality in Blackwater Creek, 2003-2012
Karin Warren Mimansha Joshi '14 Geology Assessing, Researching, and Archiving the Geology Component of the Randolph College Natural History Collection

*funded by restricted funds;
**funded by the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges;
#funded by the Alzheimer's Association;
##funded by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

Summer 2012 Research Projects

Faculty Student(s) Dept. Title
Mace Archer Ashley Peisher '15
Emily Sirney '14
Sonja Cirilo '15*
Theater Environmental Performance: Tracy Lett's Bug produced and performed on location
Bill Bare Mimansha Joshi '14 Chemistry Development of a Dual Probe System for the Determination of Dissolved Oxygen in Biological Oxygen Demand Measurements
Tatiana Gilstrap Chiamaka Asinugo '14
Nam Hoang '15
Earth Science An investigation of the aftershock series of the August 23rd, 2011 Virginia earthquake
Bunny Goodjohn Lauren Dowdle '13 English Looking for Trouble: identifying, assessing, and addressing shortcomings in the mechanics of student writing
Adam Houlihan Laura Word '13**
Michael Taylor '13*
Biology Comparison of conventional and forage diets on Gallus gallus domesticus (chicken) health, egg quality, and bacterial pathogen carriage.
Marc Ordower Zhe Zhang '15 Mathematics Vertex Coloring of Planar Graphs with Restrictions over Shortest Paths
Ken Parks Brooke McKelvey '14
Babatunde Ajao '15
Theater Developing a Synchronous Puppet Conntrol System for Avenue Q Puppets: Puppet fabrication and control system design
Katrin Schenk Zahra Adahman '14
Chris Hollingsworth '15
Alex Kwakye '15**
Biophysics Pups call, mothers rush? Determining the behavioral and communicative value of the ultrasonic calls emitted by mouse pups
Katrin Schenk Jim (Yong) Kwon '14#
Thawda Aung '13#
Physics Mobile monitoring and assessment of human activity levels.
Katrin Schenk Colton Wood '14* Physics Construction of a highly mobile "ball" robot.
Peggy Schimmoelle
Robbi Parkerr
Dominique Rose '14 Education Pedagogical Implications for Quality Teacher Preparation: Linking Practice and Theory
Peggy Schimmoeller
Tatiana Gilstrap
Peter Sheldon
Hin (Huong) Doan '14##
Pujan Shrestha '15##
Science Education Science and Math Links: Research-Based Teaching Institute
Beth Schwartz Megan Hageman '13 Psychology Academic Integrity: Does an Honor System Make a Difference?
Continued Development of a "Student Success in College" Book Proposal
Peter Sheldon Tim Slesinger '14 Physics Investigating Methods of Inertial Navigation as a Tool for Mapping Complicated Human Motion such as that during Roller Coaster Rides
Laura-Gray Street Marisa Mendez '13 English Pappy's Speech: A Novel Approach to Creative Collaboration
Holly Tatum Zara Sibtain '13 Psychology Factors influencing food buying practices and consumption of healthy foods in residents of a low-income food desert

*funded in part by the department;
**funded by the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges;
#funded by the Alzheimer's Association;
##funded by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

Summer 2011 Research Projects

Faculty Student(s) Dept. Title
Gordon Steffey Corbin Nall ’12 Religious Studies ’Unsaying’ Language: Approaching Ultimacy Through Apophatic Discourse
Elizabeth Perry-Sizemore Safiyah Lopez ’12,
Shradha Shrestha ’12
Economics Identifying the Externalities of Non-Profit Home Restorations: The LNDF in the Tinbridge Community
Kelley Deetz Nashiva McDavid ’12,
Wyatt Phipps ’13
Black History When Her Thousand Chimneys Smoked: Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks, Racialized Labor and Legacy
Mara Amster Jerry Wells ’12 English Client #9: The Spitzer Scandal and other Modern Narratives of Prostitution
Kartrin Schenk Zahra Adahman ’14,
Thawda Aung ’13
Computational Neuroscience Listening to mouse calls and monitoring human activity levels: Classifying and characterizing complex behavioral data streams.
Beth Schwartz Megan Hageman ’13 Psychology Variables Influencing Student Success in College: Researching and Developing a Book Proposal and Creating Experimental Designs
Tatiana Gilstrap,
Peggy Schimmoeller,
Peter Sheldon
Woyni Teklay ’13,
Qi Zhang ’13,
Meredith Humphries ’12
Science Education Science and Math Links: Research-Based Teaching Institute***
Karin Warren, Bill Bare Adam Eller ’13 **,
Ludo Lemaitre ’11 *
Sustainability Developing and Sustaining Edible Urban Landscapes
Gerry Sherayko Janie Campbell ’12,
Callie Jones ’13
History/Preservation A History of the Rivermont Historic District
Caroline Mann,
Katrin Schenk
Julie Dinh Doan ’14 Psychology Measuring the Invisible: Development of an implicit measure of mental illness stigma
Chad Beck Julianna Joyce ’13 Communication Studies "They’re Not Like You and Me, Which Means They Must Be Evil": The Racialized Other in Disney Film and Television Animation

* funded in part by Department of Environmental Studies; ** funded in part by the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges; *** funded by State Council of Higher Education in Virginia

Summer 2010 Research Projects

Faculty Dept Student(s) Title
Yesem Kurt Mathematics Thawda Aung ’13 Cryptology with Mathematica
Peter Sheldon** Science Education Courtney Collier ’12 Science and Math Links: Research-Based Teaching Institute
Peggy Schimmoeller Meredith Humphreys ’12
Karin Warren Environmental Science Ludo Lemaitre ’11 A Climate Action Plan for Randolph College
Gerry Sherayko History Nick Marshall ’11 A History of the Rivermont Historic District
Laura-Gray Street English Anneka Freeman ’11 Earth’s Body II: An Anthology of Contemporary American Ecopoetry
Beth Schwartz Psychology Jerry Wells ’12 Four Writing Projects in Psychology
Gordon Steffey Religion Lindsay Wood ’11 "Burn Her Who is No Bride": A Feminist Assessment of Theclan Traditions
Marc Ordower Mathematics Richard Coultas ’11 Non-Repetitiveness as it Applies to Shortest Paths in State Graphs and to Integer Sequences
Neo Wang ’11
Tatiana Gilstrap Geophysics Qingping Yu ’13 Using semblance analysis to study the microseismicity of Central Virginia
Jennifer Gauthier Communication Julianna Joyce ’13 Screening Indigeneity: The National Film Board’s First Nations Films, 1939-2009
Mari Ishibashi Global Studies Kathleen Conti ’11 Memory as a Political Strategy: The Politics of Stalin Remembrance in Russia
Rick Barnes Psychology Louise Searle ’12 Sustainable Urban Development in Lynchburg
Erinn Sudol ’12
Bill Bare Chemistry Poojan Pyakurel '11 Investigation of the Properties of Luminescent Transition Metal Compounds in Silicon Dioxide Polymers and in Ionic Liquids
Chet Halka Spanish Literature Lis Chacon ’13 The Presence of Absence in the Works of Juan Rulfo
Randy Speer Music Karl Speer ’12 Randolph College’s Musical Heritage: Exploring and Preserving Decades of Musical Performances at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College
Christine Gnieski ’13
Kurt Seidman* Chemistry Rosha Poudyal ’11 A Theoretical Investigation of Oxidative Pathways of Peroxynitrite

* funded by Department of Chemistry; ** funded by State Council of Higher Education in Virginia

Summer 2009 Research Projects

Faculty Dept Student(s) Title
Dennis Goff Psychology Jillian Barlowe ’11
Shi Hua ’11
Finger length ratio as a predictor of individual difference variables
Yesem Kurt Mathematics Caleb Moxley ’11
Yanpaing Oo ’11
Cryptographic Primitives
Beth Schwartz Psychology Carl Coffey ’11
Alexis Mandarakas ’11
Two Investigations in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
Kurt Seidman Chemistry Poojan Pyakurel ’11
Rosha Poudyal ’11
A Theoretical Investigation of the Potential Connection Between Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons and Cancer
Kurt Seidman Chemistry Kathryne Allen ’11 The Correlation of Thermal Bloom Diameters Obtained from the Thermal Lensing of Organic Liquids with the Physical Properties of the Liquids
Peter Sheldon
Peggy Schimmoeller
Science Education Marja Copeland ’11 The Efficacy and Replication of Hands-on Inquiry Science Methods for ImprovingTeacher Quality and Student Science Achievement
Randy Speer Music Helena Brown ’12
Karl Speer ’12
Randolph College’s Musical Heritage: Exploring and Preserving Four Decades of Musical Performances at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College
Susan Stevens Classics/Archaeology Rhiannon Knol ’11
Eric Struble ’11
Epistulae aliarum gentium (Other People’s Mail): An Intermediate Latin Reader

Summer 2008 Research Projects

Faculty Dept Student(s) Title
Bill Bare Chemistry Amy Thruston ’09 Evaluation and Modification of Bioavailability Extractions for Lead-Contaminated Soils with high Phosphate Content
Bill Bare Chemistry Rebika Shrestha ’10 Correlation of Lead Contamination in Soil with Architectural Risk
Rebecka Brasso Biology Marwa Abdel-Latif ’09 Mercury allocation into eggs laid by female tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor)
Rick Barnes
Karin Warren
Environmental Studies Ludovic Lemaitre ’11
Megan Roberts ’10
Karl Sakas ’11
A Green Master Plan for Randolph College
Mari Ishibashi Global Studies Tenzin Deckyi ’09
Explaining the New Political Identity: The Emergence of the Pro-Independence Discourse in the Exiled Tibetan Community
Dan Raessler Music John Baga ’09 Edward MacDowell and His Indianist Works
Peter Sheldon Physics Kacey Meaker ’08 A Book for the Roller Coaster Enthusiast that Does Good Physics
Susan Stevens Classics/Archaeology Rhiannon Knol ’11 Carried upon the Shoulders of the Good Shepherd. Expressions of Christian Identity and Afterlife on the new tomb mosaics at Leptiminus (Lamta, Tunisia)
Laura-Gray Street English Ashley Hale ’09 Earth’s Body: An Anthology of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics
Holly Tatum Psychology Anu Thapa ’10
Laura Phillips (10
A Content Analysis of Gender Stereotypes in Young Children’s Television Programming
Tatiana Toteva Geophysics Iva Gerasimenko ’10
Sreya Bagchi ’10
Fault damage and healing processes from semblance analysis of waveforms generated by repeating earthquakes

Summer 2007 Research Projects

Faculty Dept Student(s) Title
Jennifer Abbassi Political Science/ Global Studies Mekhala Chaubal ’08 Coalition of the Coerced? Explaining African Nations’ Positions on the UN Security Council’s Iraq War Debate, November 2002-March 2003
Bill Bare * Chemistry Shirae Leslie ’09 Modifications to Existing Methods of Sequential Selective Extraction of Lead
Bill Bare * Chemistry Aliyah Barrett ’09 Development of an Undergraduate Lab Activity in Phytoremediation
Brad Bullock Sociology/ Anthropology Danielle Hansen ’08 The Randolph-Macon Social Survey: Two decades of student opinions at a small woman’s college
Amy Cohen Classics Brittany Stallings ’09
Katrina Wiechmann ’09
Greek Theatrical Masks: Practical Methods and Artistic Implications
Dennis Goff Psychology Ashley Crippen ’08 Finger Length Ratio as a Predictor of Individual Difference Variables.
Mari Ishibashi Political Science Tara Bajracharya ’08 Giving Voice to the Silenced Minority?: The Role of Third Parties in the Separatist Movement by the Madhesis in Nepal
Ken Parks Theatre Hannah Hudson ’09
Kate Devine ’09
Visualization Tools for Teaching Stage Design: Developing animated illustrations of spatial design concepts in a 3D modeling environment
Peggy Schimmoeller and Gail Brown ** Education Nicole Perry ’08 Expanded Partnerships for Improving Teaching and Learning: A Continuous Clinical Faculty Preparation and Induction Model.
Tatiana Toteva Environmental Studies/ Physics Archana Datta ’09 Reeju Pokharel ’09 Seismic Refraction Analysis to Define Depth to Bedrock in Lynchburg, VA

* Project also supported by Lead-Safe Lynchburg Grant. ** Project also supported by a grant from the VA Dept. of Education.

Summer 2006 Research Projects

Faculty Dept Student(s) Title
Bare Chem. Amanda Leto ’08
Rebecca Chapman ’07
Investigation of Translocation of Lead in Plant Roots and Stems with Implications for a Novel Strategy of Phytoremediation
Barnes Psych. Anne Waritu ’07 An Inventory and History of the R-MWC Antique Psychology Lab Equipment Collection
Cohen Classics Naomi Fritts ’08 The History and Future of Greek Theatrical Masks
Gauthier Comm. Andrea Miller ’08 Second Chances: Women as Non-Traditional College Students
Schimmoeller and Brown* Educ. Staci Mason ’07
Laura Ratliff ’07
Expanded Partnerships for Improving Teaching and Learning: A Continuous Clinical Faculty Preparation and Induction Model
Schwartz, B. Psych. Stacey Lantz ’08
Jacquelyn Brown ’07
Coding Children’s Drawings: Does Drawing Content Influence the Improvement of Memory Reports?
Sheldon Physics Wei Sze (Winncy) Cheung ’09
Katrina Wiechmann ’09
Optical Spectroscopy of Defects in Yttrium Orthovanadate (YVO4) Crystals
Sheldon and Schimmoeller* Educ.,Physics Jessica Maidment ’06
Sunnie Joshi ’07
Collaborative Institute in the Sciences: A Classroom-focused Professional Development Activity
Thresher Russian Studies Emily Owens ’08 Soviet Family Law Codes and their Reflection in Russian Cinema and Literature
Warren Env. St. Matea Osti ’08
Marwa Latif ’08
Consider a Spherical Calf: Student-Faculty Collaboration on an Introductory Textbook in Environmental Problem Solving
Bare and Warren Chem., Env. St. Jessica Shahan ’08 Biodiesel Generation: A College-Community Partnership

Summer 2005 Research Projects

Faculty Dept Student(s) Title
Bare Chem. Jessica. Erickson ’06
Mamata Thapa ’06
Preliminary Investigation of the Feasibility of Phytoremediation of Lead in Lynchburg
Brown and Schimmoeller Educ. Kira Lenhart ’06
Staci Mason ’07
Evaluation of Clinical Faculty Preparation and Induction Model
Campbell Art His. Brittany Hagar ’08 Muse, Mother, or Master? Encountering Women’s Roles in Italian Renaissance Art
Coulter Eng. Jennifer Driesslein ’07 The Value of the Page: A Look at Medieval Manuscripts
Geisert His. Brandy Corbin ’06 Preliminary Work on a Korea Segment of an East Asian Civilization Course
Gonsalves-Jackson Bio. Sara Lawrence ’06 Opisthobranch Mollusks from Virginia’s Eastern Shore: Systematics and Development
Gotthard Psych. Ashley Smith ’06 Spatial Learning and Memory in the Sand Maze: Does WIN-2 Produce State Dependent Retention in Rats?
Parks Theatre Ana Curajos ’07
Tatiana Galitzin ’08
Historic Theatres: Developing Digital Models of Historic Theatre Spaces and Stage Machinery
Parks Theatre Verity Gerni ’07 Interactive Virtual Theatre: Developing Interactive Digital Models of Historic Theatre Spaces and Stage Machinery
Schimmoeller and Sheldon Physics Kidest (Kiddy) Tita ’06 Can Science Teaching be More Effective Using Active Learning Techniques in the K-8 Classroom?
Schwartz, B. Psych. Fahima. Vakalia ’06
Margaret Johnson ’06
Refining the Drawing Interview to Further Improve Children’s Memory Reports
Seidman Chem. Kacey Meaker ’08 The Determination of the Heat Capacities of Liquids with Thermal Lens Calorimetry: The Problem of Sample Preparation
Sherayko His. Veronika Redmann ’06 Identifying Primary Documents: Paris and Berlin in the 1920s: A Cultural History
Stevens Classics Jenny Kreiger ’08 A Cemetery of Vandalic Date at Carthage
Tatum Psych. Sommer Altman ’06 Is Laughter Really the Best Medicine? Sense of Humor and Personality Correlates of Health and Well-being

Summer 2004 Research Projects

Faculty Student(s) Title
Deirdre Gonsalves-Jackson Corraine Scott ’05 Dietary Preferences in Conspecifics, Deroceras, D. reticulatum, Arion hortensis, and A. intermedius as it Relates to Radula Morphology.
Deirdre Gonsalves-Jackson Andreen Fearon ’06
Mamata Thapa ’06
Systematics and Life History of Pulminate Gastropods in the Virginia Piedmont area.
Kurt Seidman Ashleigh Baber ’05 The Determination of the Heat Capacities of Liquids with Thermal Lens Calorimetry: The Problem of Sample Preparation
Beth Schwartz Elaine Hall ’06 Improving Children’s Memory Through Drawing
Marc Ordower Kristina Krsteva ’06 Partition Regularity for Simple Diophantine Equations
Peter Sheldon Jennifer Lundy ’05
Carly Torisky ’06
The New Science Teacher: Educational Resources for the Science Educator
Ken Parks Verity Gerni ’07 Virtual Theatre: Developing Interactive Digital Models of Historic Theatre Spaces and Stage Machinery
Rick Barnes Katie Radke ’06 Greening R-MWC: Development of a Campus Environmental Audit
Gail Brown Lauren Black ’06 Evaluation of Clinical Faculty Preparation and Induction Model

Summer 2003 Research Projects

Faculty Student(s) Title
Deirdre Gonsalves-Jackson Corraine Scott ’05 Systematics and Life History of Pulmonate Gastropods in the Virginia Piedmont Area
Bill Bare Chi Pham ’06 Optimization of Experimental Parameters for Fluorescence Monitoring of Glucose Oxidation Using an Inexpensive Spectrofluorimeter
Kurt Seidman Karishma Rajani ’05 The Determination of the Heat Capacities of Liquids with Thermal Lens Calorimetry: Redefining the Procedure
Karin Warren Naomi Hollifield ’06 Design of Interdisciplinary Laboratory and Field Exercises in Global Change and Earth Interactions
Mara Amster Darcie Dikeman ’04 Exploring the Archives: Looking at Prostitution in the 17th Century
Ann Fabirkiewicz Monique Birmiel ’04 Quantifying Antioxidants via the FRAP Assay
Peggy Schimmoeller and Peter Sheldon Weiqin Bao ’05
Aliya Gifford ’04
Gemma Griffon ’04
Strengthening K-8 Science Teaching Through the Science Pages: Web-based Initiatives for Science Educators
Ken Parks Yonique Sutherland ’06 Virtual Theatre: Developing Interactive Digital Models of Historic Theatre Spaces and Stage Machinery
Carla Heath Innocentia Afagbegee ’04
Hana Brown ’04
HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention Campaigns
Meg Pope Jessamine Newer ’05
Wendy Satterwhite ’06
Identification and Isolation of pilR and pilS Homologs from a Bacteriophage Genomic Library of Acinetobacter calcoaceticus
Randall Speer Kim Holmes ’05 A Phonetic Approach to the Rules of English Diction for Singers: Creation of an Orthographic/Phonetic Reference Chart
Elizabeth Perry Arati Dahal ’03
Kara Moore ’04
An Economic Impact Study of Habitat Home Ownership in Lynchburg, VA

Summer 2002 Research Projects

Faculty Student(s) Title
Deirdre Gonsalves-Jackson Alana Anthony ’05 Development of a Taxonomic Database of Panamanian Opisthobranch Mollusks
Martha Dasef and Paul Irwin Nilanjana Rahman ’04 and Eva Andrijcic ’04 Primitive Pythagorean Triples and Graphical Implementation of CS Algorithms
Kurt Seidman Holly Groover ’04 Theoretical Investigation of the Transport Mechanism(s) of Nitric Oxide in Biological Systems
Dennis Goff Brandy Shaw ’04, Noelle deSouza ’04 The Development of Humor in School Aged Children
Susan Stevens Jennifer Hogg ’04, Ryan Gipson ’03 Contextualizing Ancient Artifacts
Beth Schwartz-Kenney and Peggy Schimmoeller Meagan Christenson ’04, Rachel MacNutt ’04, Julie Spradlin, ’03 Improving Instruction Strategies in Elementary and Middle School Classrooms
Peggy Schimmoeller and Peter Sheldon Lourdes Cuellar ’04, Tracey-Ann Wellington ’05 How Interactive Online Science Modules Influence the Development of Scientific Concepts and Pedagogical Knowledge of Prospective K-8 Educators
Jennifer Abbassi Elizabeth Willett ’04 Hitler, Milosevic, and the Command Responsibility Doctrine
Peter Sheldon Tracy Thorn ’03 Luminescence Spectroscopy of Optical Crystals Using a Home-Built Dye Laser
Hermina Hendricks Rehema Kahurananga ’04 Clarence W. Seay: Excellence in Education
Elizabeth Perry Arati Dahal ’04 What If Everyone Had a Beautiful Mind