Science Research Institute

At its core, Science Research Institute (SRI) is a framework for integrating research-based learning in all disciplines. SRI serves as an educational philosophy rather than strictly a physical program. The foundation of this educational philosophy is involving students in their own education, providing a framework for the students to bring their own creativity and innovation to their work right from the beginning. SRI students are provided with skills-based and authentic learning experiences that improve their research skills as well as literacy, communication and entrepreneurial thinking.

First launched at Conrad Weiser High School (2015) as the sole fully functioning high school histology laboratory in the United States, SRI enrollment rose an amazing 817% over five years, quickly outgrowing its facility.

SRI at Albright

SRI’s expansion to Albright College offers SRI to continue growing and offers Berks County families a more-centralized location. SRI uses a scientific research methodology that can be applied to all disciplines. Students are encouraged to create research projects in the biomedical, genetic, environmental, agricultural, biotechnology and materials sciences as well as dance, art, music, the humanities, culinary arts and fashion.

SRI at Albright offers state-of-the-art scientific summer and after-school programming to middle-and high-school students, who learn to function in a high-level scientific research setting while preparing for college and graduate-level research.

Currently, more than 80 organizations are partnering with SRI — spanning businesses, scientific industry groups, higher education, professional organizations and foundations.

Summer program

The SRI summer program encompasses five weeks in July and August. The program integrates a variety of STEM disciplines with a strong Materials Science foundation the curriculum is differentiated for varied experience levels and age of student participants.

Adelle Schade, Director

Adelle Schade became an instructor at Conrad Weiser High School in 1996. She earned a Bachelor of Science from West Chester University in health and physical education. In 2006, she earned a Master of Education degree from Kutztown University in biology education, and in 2015, she earned a Master of Science degree in microbiology from the Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Science, Philadelphia.

Currently, Schade is a doctoral candidate in cell and molecular biology at the University of the Sciences, Philadelphia. Recently, she was named an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics, Penn State College of Medicine and an adjunct faculty member at the University of the Sciences.

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