Application Process

SRI is particularly appropriate for STEM majors who have completed their first year and/or STEM majors who have not had an intensive research experience. SRI is for students who have had the equivalent of at least one year of college and introductory college science, math and/or engineering (= STEM) courses in their intended STEM major. AP scores of 4 or 5 may apply to that requirement.

Admission into the SRI program is based on the student's academic record indicating sufficient preparation to be successful, the student's essay indicating background and career aspirations, and letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the student's aptitude for science and/or engineering.

The SRI application for 20212 is now open. SRI has rolling admission and application review will start March 1st, 2022. The number of slots in the SRI program is limited, so we recommend that you apply early. Applicants are notified within a few weeks of application deadline on April 1st, 2022.

Online applications are found here.

Application deadline is April 1st, 2022.

Additional Information

  • For non-Binghamton University students, official college transcript(s) must be submitted, so we can review your math and science courses. Submit these to sri@binghamton.edu.
    • Scanned copies of your official transcript(s) are preferred.
    • Cross out or cover your Social Security number (SSN) prior to scanning your transcript. Your SSN should not appear on your scanned transcript.
    • Remember to scan your files with care, making sure that they are clear and legible. The files you upload are what the Admissions Review Committee will see.
    • Individual files should be under 2 MB. Preferred file format is PDF. Other accepted file formats include: .doc, .docx, .rtf, .jpg and .tif 
  • We do not require SAT or ACT test scores. 
  • ESL students: If English is a secondary language for you and you did not graduate from a high school in which English was the standard language, we require a minimum TOEFL score of 100 (on the Internet-based test, or 7 on IELTS) for admission. The TOEFL (or IELTS equivalent) helps demonstrate your proficiency in English at the college level. As with all official test scores, the TOEFL or IELTS must be sent electronically through the testing agency. Binghamton University's code is R2535
  • If you have received a high school degree from an institution in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand or some Canadian provinces, you are not required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.

Policies

Honesty

Note that any deliberate falsification or omission of application data may result in rescinding of admission, denial of permission to enroll or dismissal from courses. All applicants affirm acceptance of these terms and conditions.

Admissions Materials

All admissions materials submitted by applicants become the property of the University.

Program switching

Once the summer program is begun by student, the student cannot switch to another research stream.

Grading policy

Research Stream courses must be taken as regular grading (not pass/fail). To continue in the SRI program (from Research Stream Part 1 to Research Stream Part 2), students are expected to engage fully in the SRI projects, complete all assignments in the SRI courses satisfactorily, and demonstrate a steadily increasing ability to engage in research-specific projects as they move through the two-semester SRI sequence.

Students who fail to meet these standards will not be allowed to continue. Students should monitor their own progress and discuss any concerns with the SRI staff.

SRI Student Quotes

I have gained more than I could have possibly imagined from participating in the Summer Research Immersion. Coming into the program, I was under the impression that the first five weeks of the program would be somewhat slow paced in which we would become familiar with the technologies and languages that would be necessary to conduct the research. Less than one week into the program, I realized that was definitely not the case. I was extremely excited to see how quickly we got right into the research and utilizing what we learned. Another part of the program that really surprised me was how often we were not entirely sure what to do next. When working on developing the algorithms, we knew what the end goal was supposed to be, but we often ran into trouble figuring out how to get there. It was something that I found to be very unique to the research field. While we ran into trouble knowing what to do, we were able to find resources online to tackle the problems. I really enjoyed having to find different functions and methods to solve the problems.”

“Another benefit of the program is how it allows you to get ahead in your degree because of the eight credits awarded with completion of the program. These are eight credits worth of letter grades, so a GPA boost is most likely to occur if you do not have the GPA you want. I do not say this because it is an “easy A” or an easy program, because it’s not. It will challenge you intellectually and will demand much effort on your part, but a unique goal of the program is to not grade you on your first try at things, but grade you on if you got where you needed to be eventually. It is important to say eventually because no matter how smart you are, you can’t learn everything the first time around and that is a flawed method of grading in many courses we have to take. I hadn’t even taken organic chemistry before starting this program let alone biochemistry. I struggled at first, but once I internalized the basics of biochemistry things became a lot easier and now I feel a lot more confident when it comes time to take biochemistry or even the MCAT’s. Of all my academic experiences that I have had during my undergraduate career, the summer research immersion program has been hands down the single most influential experience that I have had thus far in my development as a student and a professional.”