SRI coming to Albright College! – Albright College

SRI coming to Albright College!

Dear Albright Community:

I write to let you know that we are sharing an exciting Albright announcement with the community at large this afternoon.

By now, you have likely heard of the Science Research Institute at Conrad Weiser. It’s a wonderful afterschool and summer program for high school and middle school students to explore scientific research. A number of Albright students have participated, or taken on internships with the program since its inception in 2015.

But you may not have heard that demand for the program is so high that SRI enrollment rose an incredible 817% over five years. As such, it has become too large for its current space at Conrad Weiser.

So today, we are announcing that the program will expand to Albright College! While continuing to operate at Conrad Weiser, the expansion allows Berks County families a more-centralized location and allows the popular program to continue growing. The expansion does not require new facilities, as we will be taking advantage of spaces and times that Albright’s facilities are not used.

And although SRI is largely self-funded (currently, more than 80 organizations partner with SRI) news of this partnership will likely not come as a surprise for Albright’s science faculty, as they have been instrumental in the creation of a PA SMART grant proposal — that aims to obtain further operational and sustainability funds.

Please join me in welcoming the founder and director of SRI, Adelle Schade, who will be moving from Conrad Weiser to Albright as an administrator/faculty member. (SRI’s current associate director will continue to run the programs at Weiser.)

This is a fabulous opportunity for Albright, as it brings a highly recognized program to Albright and will help us to continue building important connections in our community.

Please read on for the full community announcement.

Jacquelyn S. Fetrow, Ph.D., ’82
President and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Albright College