Summer Science Research Program

The Summer Science Research Program gives Riverdale students an opportunity to do cutting-edge biomedical, genetic, and engineering research. Students spend five weeks during the summer working in the Lisman Research Laboratories on campus under the guidance of Riverdale faculty members with advanced degrees and extensive research experience. 

Students have worked on two research projects: a study of ecological changes in the Alaskan Arctic, which began in 2017, and an in-depth analysis of changes occurring in a nearby watershed, the heavily impacted Bronx River estuary, which began in 2008. Using state-of-the-art equipment, students analyze stress responses and physiological adaptations in various species. Students learn to develop projects by reading scientific literature, designing and carrying out experiments, analyzing data, and preparing for public presentation in local and national venues. Student-directed research has culminated in two publications in a peer-reviewed journal.

Learn more:

Riverdale Science Lab Begins Arctic Research

Environmental Research To Be Published 

"Quantification of Heat Shock Protein 70 and acetylcholinesterase over a time course suggests environmental adaptation in a foundational molluscan species"

"Evidence for intraspecific endocrine disruption of Geukensia demissa (Atlantic ribbed mussel) in an urban watershed" 

 

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For information about this program, please contact:

Rachel Cox
Program Director
rcox@riverdale.edu

Dr. Rachel Cox came to Riverdale from a career in research biology. She has taught at Greenwich Academy, Columbia University, and Boston University School of Medicine. Her graduate research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution focused on comparative enzymology in fish and invertebrates.

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