How SRI Works

SRI is a research-intensive, structured and mentored experience. It consists of two, four-credit courses (eight credits in total) over 10 weeks in the summer between summer sessions I and III. Participation in the program is a full-time (40 hr/wk) commitment. SRI program for 2022 will run from May 31st - August 5th.

  • Research Stream Part 1 (summer session one) covers theory, techniques, protocols and data management of the research.
  • Research Stream Part 2 (summer session three) consists of applying that to the research problem, as student teams plan their experiments, conduct their experiments, analyze the results, and present their results.

A dedicated Research Educator designs and oversees the research experience for each Research Stream in collaboration with a team of three to five tenure/tenure-track faculty members. Laboratories have been designed, constructed and outfitted to provide the innovative infrastructure to fully integrate undergraduate students in leading-edge research in their Research Stream. 

For the research conducted, students will work in teams of three to five. We have students work inter-dependently because developing teamwork and collaborative skills are so important in research today. Each student team will work on a research question that is related to the overall objective of the Research Stream for that year.

SRI students learn how to talk about their research, collaborate and identify their next steps in research. Students finish the three-course program with a public poster session displaying their results.

Course Credit

These courses will count toward a Binghamton University degree. The courses also fulfill the Composition and Laboratory general education requirements and count toward the major that corresponds to the rubric code of the courses.

You will be billed for these 8 credits. In addition to tuition, there are comprehensive, laboratory and activity fees as shown in the table below. Tuition and Fees below are an estimate from summer 2021. Rates will be updated for 2022, when more information becomes available.

  NYS Resident Non-Resident
Tuition $295/credit x 8 credits = $2,360 $1028/credit x 8 credits = $8,224
Comprehensive Fee* $48/credit x 8 credits = $384 $48/credit x 8 credits = $384
Laboratory Fee $300 $300
Activity Fee Will not be charged in 2021 Will not be charged in 2021
Total Cost $3,040 $8,904

*Subject to Change

Additional Options

  • A campus resident hall may be available in a double-occupancy room at a discounted rate. You would have to provide your own sheets and towels. A determination on whether on campus summer housing will be available is still pending.
  • Off campus sublet housing options are available for $750-1200 per month. Contact sri@binghamton.edu for additional information. 
  • Campus meal plan
  • All motor vehicles parked on campus must display a valid University parking permit. Parking permits may be purchased at Parking Services in Room G-8 of the Couper Administration Building or at the Information Booth on Bartle Drive.
  • For more information about summer session at Binghamton University please visit the Center for Learning and Teaching's Summer Session student info page.

Informational Webinar

This is a great chance to learn more about the program and the benefits of completing it. 

SRI Student Quotes

“At the start of the summer, I expected research to be similar to the weekly laboratory biology or chemistry experiments I had done in previous introductory courses. By participating in SRI’s Biomedical Chemistry Stream, I was able to learn what research is actually like and all that it entails, from training to experimental design and set up, to data collection and analysis, to amendment after failed experiments. Research this summer was completely different than the laboratory experiments I had done because it was more engaging and interesting knowing that what I was doing was novel and that this research was not merely for a grade or a lab write-up.

“I was nervous when I realized I would have to present my research to an audience at a poster session towards to end of the program. I had never given a research poster presentation nor had I created a research poster. SRI allowed me to practice this important technique. With instructor guidance I was able to successfully create an appropriate research poster showcasing the research our team had produced over the summer. Additionally, I gained experience about how to explain my research to a range of people from different fields of work.”

Every Friday, we attended honors meetings with different research programs from around the University... it was a great opportunity to learn about different techniques of research from speakers and our fellow students. Some of the topics discussed by speakers included elevator talks, data ownership, and networking. The one that specifically caught my attention was the elevator talks. It taught me how to explain my research to people who do not work in the biochemistry field. It is important to limit any jargon and state the importance of the work to everyday life. Most importantly, it should be short and to the point, hence the name elevator talk!”