Campaign Update

Fundraising continues for the Martin Science Building expansion and renovation!

We have secured more than $16.6 million of the revised $23 million campaign goal, and we expect another $3.7 million in historic tax credits, leaving $2.68 million to raise for the project.

Because of your generosity, Randolph College has completed the $250,000 matching challenge opportunity from the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation. Thank you!

And, thanks to your gifts, the match from the anonymous alumna of the 1970’s has been fully met! This has now unlocked a new challenge match of $25,000 from an anonymous alumna of the 1960’s. The challenge is in effect until June 30 or until the match is met. Give and get matched now.

There is no better time to support rigorous scientific education. For more information about how you can be a part of this exciting project, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at or call 1-877-769-2443.



Project Goals

PROMOTE and showcase excitement about STEM programs

PROVIDE forward-looking, flexible spaces for optimal teaching and learning

EXPAND interdisciplinary action and encourage collaboration 

INCREASE informal learning spaces and focus on active learning classrooms

CREATE dynamic, open, inviting, and comfortable spaces with improved access to natural light

HIGHLIGHT a sustainable and high-performance building with reliable new systems

REIMAGINE spaces for these vital academic programs: Environmental Studies and Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science, Natural History and Archaeology Collections Project (NHACP)

Fundraising Progress - 20.3 million dollars current funding. 2.68 million dollars remaining to raise of our 23 million dollar goal.

The Campaign for Martin ScienceA Place Where Science Matters

Science is an integral component of every student’s Randolph College education.

Martin Science Building, our historic hub of research, experimentation, and innovation, is ready for a complete renovation and expansion.

Randolph is launching a new era in science education.

Summer research project
Artist's illustration of Martin Science Building

Building on Our HistoryA Commitment to the Next Generation in the Sciences

Named in honor of esteemed science professor Fernando Wood Martin, in 1937 Martin Science Building became home to R-MWC’s state-of-the-art resources and equipment for hands-on science education.

R-MWC students were trained not only in scientific principles but also in the liberal arts.

That tradition lives on today.

A Visionary Design for Teaching and Learning

High-caliber science education in the 21st century demands collaboration and interdisciplinary work.

Randolph’s small classes and liberal arts focus encourage students to engage in learning through hands-on experimentation and personalized attention from faculty.

A modern science building incorporates flexible spaces with high-tech resources to support learning and innovation.

Redesigned lab space
Randolph student leads an experiment for children at SciFest

A Resource for our Campus and CommunityEnriching the lives of young minds

Randolph is committed to providing hands-on science education to Central Virginia year-round.

SciFest welcomes over 3,000 children and their families each spring for two full days of intensive, fun immersion in the sciences.

Science & Art Saturdays introduces high school students to the intersection of creativity and research by providing free access to Randolph’s professors and classrooms.

Summer camps for area youth teach coding skills to the next generation of computer scientists.

A $23 Million Renovation and Revitalization

Martin Science was built in the late 1930’s and in 1994 VMDO Architects redesigned lab spaces and faculty offices. Four lecture halls were designed to accommodate teaching techniques which utilize computerized image display systems, and the latest fire suppression and chemical containment systems were installed.

VMDO Architects and Jamerson-Lewis Construction are commissioned to complete the latest renovation project.

  • The renovation of the 38,000 square foot building will enhance and enlarge lab spaces for improved flexibility
  • Energy efficient design will reduce the operating costs of the building
  • A complete renovation of the interior will increase comfort and accessibility
  • A dynamic, modern design will serve all Randolph students
Students learn skeletal anatomy in Sports and Exercise Science class.
Student examines a bird from the Randolph College Natural History Collection.

The expansion will allow all science departments to maximize collaboration and share resources:

  • Environmental Studies and Sciences
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics and Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Marine Science
  • Computer Science
  • Natural History and Archaeology Collections Project
Jdody Misidor '21

Science Matters at RandolphYour support will make a significant impact on our academic program.

Statistically Significant

40% of all bachelor’s degrees we awarded in the last decade were in the sciences.

In Demand

For 10 years running, biology is the College’s most popular major.

Teaching Teachers

Randolph’s Science Teaching Institute has provided science-based workshops, lesson plans, and continuing education for hundreds of local school teachers.


Since 2011, Randolph’s Department of Physics and Engineering has tripled in numbers of students.

Community Outreach

Randolph’s annual SciFest has introduced science exploration to more than 10,000 local schoolchildren.

National Recognition

Randolph’s chapter of the Society of Physics Students has been recognized nationally as an outstanding chapter for the last 11 years running.

Make Your Gift to Support the Sciences