Research Streams

Summer Research Immersion (SRI) students conduct research in what are known as Research Streams, research courses dedicated to a specific field in science and engineering. Each Research Stream has a dedicated laboratory designed and equipped for its specific type of research and led by a Research Educator.

Research Streams for Summer 2022

  • Clean Energy

    Focus on harvesting and storing energy. Demand for energy, particularly alternative and sustainable energy, will increase substantially over the coming years. The research carried out by students encompasses new materials and devices for better energy generation and storage, such as photovoltaic systems, thin film electronics, thermoelectric systems, lithium-ion batteries and super-capacitors.  The stream is led by Research Educator Dr. Yiliang Luan, and the team of faculty stream collaborators include Professors Nikolay Dimitrov, Stan Whittingham, Bruce White, Manuel Smeu, and Tara Dhakal. 

    This stream is available to both HARPUR and WATSON admitted students.


  • Ecological Genetics

    Focus on current issues on how ecological factors influence the evolutionary trajectory of populations by using state-of-the-art techniques in genetics, bioinformatics and ecophysiology. Given the many ways that we humans have and are influencing our environments -- natural, agricultural, urban and human-body -- there are many important questions to answer. The stream is led by Research Educator Dr. Christina Baer, and the team of faculty stream collaborators include Professors Jessica Hua, Thomas Powell, Kirsten Prior, and James Sobel.

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Potential Research Streams

Each summer two to three of Binghamton University's First-year Research Immersion (FRI) program research streams are run as SRI program research streams. The FRI program currently has 10 research streams