Science Research Institute | Albright College
Science Research Institute in-person this summer - small student groups with strict social-distancing and masking required.

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 – grade 5-12

SRI’s summer program is a unique Total Experience Learning (TEL) environment with inventive STEAM-based processes across all disciplines. This summer’s program will facilitate student innovation and agency (Student VOICE & CHOICE). SRI facilitators will introduce cutting-edge topics in all disciplines while assisting individual students in personalized project development in each student’s interest area.

We will help students identify their passions and act on them through: problem statement identification, research, testing and prototype development, assessment, iteration and intellectual property protection (if needed).

The TEL philosophy is anchored in providing individual student support for creative, inventive and innovative solution development that relates to current industry needs. Through this development, students learn resiliency, professionalism and networking skills. TEL is a student agency in practice providing opportunities for authentic learning through experiences while improving and refining research skills, literacy, communication skills and entrepreneurial thinking.

SRI Dual Enrollment program
Focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship, SRI’s innovative Dual Enrollment program offers opportunities for high school juniors and seniors to earn transferrable college credit and immediately apply what is learned by taking on a concurrent SRI research course. > Learn more

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.

  • Learn advanced industry-level techniques
  • Explore a wide variety of academic disciplines
  • Get mentored by current Master/Ph.D. level scientists and industry experts
  • Attend seminars on cutting-edge topics
  • Access state-of-the-art equipment
  • Open to students in grades 5-12
  • Sessions are every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for five weeks over the summer
  • Flexibility around summer schedules
  • Sponsorship for summer fees is available for qualifying students

A minimum of 15 days will be available including seminars focused on:

  • Choosing a research topic
  • Developing a product/project
  • STEAM topics
  • Entrepreneurism
  • Intellectual Property protection
  • Music Industry Studios
  • Fashion and Design
  • Research reports and posters
  • Materials science
  • 3D Bio-printing
  • Histology
  • Microscopy
  • Humanities and Social Science
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Any topic you choose!
  • Advanced industry-level skills and more!

Reserve your spot today! Only 150 seats are available!Who can participate in the program?
All students entering grades 5-12 in the 2021-2022 school year.

When is the program?
Summer Program memberships allow students to participate in all SRI programming, including:
Monday, July 5 to Friday, Aug. 6, 2021.

In-person days will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, each week. Online activities and seminars available Mondays and Fridays.

Student attendance is flexible. A program schedule will be provided and students choose to attend activities that work with their schedule or areas of interest.

Where is the program held?
In-person activities at held at:
Albright College
1621 N 13th St.
Reading, PA 19604

Online activities and seminars will be held on Mondays and Fridays.

How much does the SRI summer membership cost?

$600: first child per family
$500: first child for Albright College employee
$450: For all families, 2nd, 3rd, 4th child, etc.

No refunds will be administered. Please contact Kayla Aulenbach at kaulenbach@albright.edu for additional information.

“What disciplines are included in the summer program membership?”
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics), Mural Painting and Design, Music Production, Fashion/Design, Artificial Intelligence and Computational Design, Computer Science, AR/VR Design, 3D Printing and Bio-printing, Medical Science, Environmental and Watershed Science, Genetics, Sports Physiology, Business and Marketing, Sports Management … and much more!

The SRI program schedule is developed with flexibility in mind.Students attend sessions as their schedule allows. Build this opportunity around your summer schedule. Mornings only, afternoon only, going on vacation and missing time? No problem! For reference, it is rare for students to attend every session as vacations, sports and other activities are the norm. The flexibility of SRI will allow all students to participate.

Filling a need created by the COVID-19 pandemic and already launching across school districts this fall, Solve-It Berks and Solve-It Berks Kids provide free career internship, mentorship and digital curriculum for all Pre-K to 12th grade students and teachers in Berks County.

The collaborative initiatives are offered through a partnership between the Berks County Intermediate Unit’s Career Ready Berks Alliance and Albright College’s Science Research Institute. Bringing the organizations together after recognizing potential difficulty for schools to meet PA Standards in Career Education and Work requirements, Adelle Schade, dean of pre-college and summer programs and director of the Science Research Institute at Albright College says the collaborative initiative is a perfect solution.

“Solve-It Berks (for grades 5-12) and Solve-It Berks Kids (Pre-K-4) were developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” explains Stacy Dunleavy, program administrator for Career Ready Berks at the Berks County Intermediate Unit. Curriculum for the programs will differ by age group.

“With the various restrictions in place, we knew students would not have opportunities to participate in in-person internships, job shadowing or field trips to businesses,” said Dunleavy. “In addition, business and industry representatives would not be able to visit schools in-person. Knowing the importance of these interactions, we developed a way to keep the important work moving forward and available for students.”

Live, online networking, and recorded sessions with career pathway specific professionals will help teachers and students adapt to diverse scheduling needs, and to develop “visionary solution proposals” for business or industry experts. Students will also participate in small group meetings with trained Albright College students.

“Because Solve-It Berks also provides intern experiences and job opportunities for college students, the initiative is a win-win for all involved,” adds Schade.




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