40 Students Selected for Randall Research Scholars Program in UA's Honors College
The Randall Research Scholars Program in the Honors College at The University of Alabama has selected 40 incoming freshmen for the program.
The nationally recognized undergraduate research program pairs top students with leading UA faculty to complete scholarly research projects in any field of study. Students are selected after a competitive application process that includes phone and on-campus interviews.
During their freshman year, students complete an intensive series of courses on technology fundamentals, problem solving, project management and research fundamentals. These essential skills enable students to quickly learn and adapt to new knowledge domains and technical environments required for faculty-directed research projects.
Throughout their sophomore to senior years the Randall Rsearch Scholars will interview with faculty and select a project to work on as a research assistant with a faculty member who will act as project director. Students will typically work on projects in areas related to their academic discipline; however, they may elect to work in an unrelated field to challenge themselves and broaden their exposure to academic research.
A member of the first class of what was then the Computer Based Honors Program in 1968, Dr. Cathy Randall earned her bachelor's degree, two master's degrees and two doctoral degrees from UA. She served the Capstone in various capacities throughout her career, including 25 years (1980-2004) as director of the Computer-Based Honors Program (now the Randall Research Scholars Program).
Under her leadership, the program flourished, and, today, elite academic students from around the globe vie to experience the research opportunities available to undergraduate students.