Summer Research Institute

Research & Scholarship

Every year, the Summer Research Institute facilitates funding and supportive programming for faculty-mentored student research at Barnard and Columbia University, as well as around New York City and across the country.

Distinctive Collaborations Between Students & Faculty

The Summer Research Institute (SRI) provides summer funding, subsidized campus housing, and supportive programming for students conducting STEM research under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

SRI provides a common experience for students, providing training and opportunities to build skills, along with faculty lectures, alumnae panel discussions, social events, and more. The summer concludes with a capstone Poster Session, where students present the progress of their research. Students are expected to complete a minimum of 10 weeks of research. Any missed time must be discussed in advance with the faculty mentor, to determine whether this will be made up in missed pay or additional work in the lab. Questions can be sent to

Interested in participating in the SRI? Fill out the interest form here. The deadline to complete the form is January 31, 2020

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Research & Scholarship

Check out what's happening during this year's Summer Research Institute!

Students who identify a STEM mentor to conduct research in the summer are eligible to receive funding and subsidized housing as a member of the SRI cohort.

Research & Scholarship
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SRI by the Numbers


Students participated in funded, faculty-mentored STEM research in 2019


Percentage of students who participated in SRI from 2015-17, who subsequently enrolled in graduate school.


Dollars committed each summer to SRI to support student research.