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.