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 the Summer Science Research Program, please contact:

Rachel Cox
Program Director

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.

Summer Science & Outdoor Leadership: Ecology & Exploration in the Alaskan Arctic

Join Lisman Labs and RCS Outdoor Programs on a science research and exploration trip to the Alaskan arctic. You will backpack through untouched tundra, climb mountains, enjoy 24 hours of sunlight, spot wildlife, and lose yourself in the vastness of the arctic. You will also perform field work as part of multi-institutional research studies that focus on understanding the impact of climate change on arctic species.

Trip dates: June 21–July 7, 2018. For more information and application guidelines, please visit the Outdoor Programs page.

Astrophysics in the Colorado Rockies

Over seven days in the pine forests of Colorado's High Mountain Institute, you will observe the night sky, collect data on variable stars and asteroids, and conduct original astrophysics research. In the afternoons, you will experience the beauty and richness of outdoor life in the Colorado Rockies while hiking, kayaking, rafting, and beyond. On your return you will spend 15 days analyzing your data and collecting additional data from remote telescopes.

Trip dates: June 12–July 13, 2018. For more information and application guidelines, please visit the Outdoor Programs page.

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