What is the SRI?

Students speak about their experience with the Summer Research Institute

Students that would like to be in the SRI, please fill out this form to express your interest by 1/31/2019. Please note, this is not an application.

Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.

The SRI is a 10-week program for Barnard students who want to conduct scientific research during the summer. You can work with faculty at Barnard or elsewhere in the city. The SRI will provide a common experience for all students. It will also provide you the option of living in Barnard’s subsidized summer housing. Your research experience will be supplemented with academic and skill-building experiences, lectures, social events and a capstone poster event at the summer’s end.

» Learn more about students, their research projects and mentors:

To get involved in the SRI, do three things:

1. Locate a research mentor who is willing to let you work full-time in his/her lab over the summer, and provide you with a substantive research experience. If your research mentor is not a Barnard faculty member, then you will also need to identify an internal research mentor (i.e., Barnard science faculty member) who will oversee your project and help you secure a summer stipend.

2. Click on the science department below in which you are already a major (or intend to major), and follow the instructions provided.



Environmental Science

Neuroscience & Behavior

Physics & Astronomy


3. Work with your Barnard research mentor to identify a source of funding for your summer stipend. It must be at least $5,250.

Note: the College may not be able to provide support for all students. Accordingly, acceptance into the SRI is not guaranteed. You will hear about funding decisions by early April.

For questions about the Summer Research Institute (SRI) or how to participate in the program, please email sri@barnard.edu.