Biology - Summer Science Research Program

Summer Science Research Program (SSRP)

Barry University’s Summer Science Research Program (SSRP) is a comprehensive four-week research program that immerses rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in life science research while exposing them to the college environment. The program, at no cost to high school students in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, features lectures and workshops on college life and preparation; an authentic inquiry-based science project; state-of-the-art molecular biology methodology; university-style interactive lectures and debates; and science communication. Research culminates in an oral formal presentation by each participant during the Awards Ceremony.

PROGRAM DATES: June 12 – July 7, 2017
PROGRAM TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00pm


Lilyveth Mesa
"The SSRP solidified my passion for science and my decision to pursue a STEM degree by enabling me to apply scientific concepts to hands-on experiments and techniques. The information and experiences that I encountered gave me an edge in applying for colleges, as well as an advantage in my undergraduate training, where knowledge of these scientific concepts are necessary. All in all, I am so appreciative of the wonderful opportunities and the brilliant individuals that I was able to collaborate with because of the SSRP."

-- Lilyveth Mesa, 2015 SSRP participant; sophomore at Barry University majoring in Biology
Christy Charnel
"Coming into SSRP as rising sophomore in high school, I was not really sure what to expect. However, this program has been one of the catalyst towards me pursuing STEM. The hands-on knowledge that I gained has been so applicable to my studies and research. SSRP gave me the opportunity to dream and envision myself in a field where minorities are not too visible. Thank you Dr. Redway, Dr. Petrino-Lin and more. Continue to pave the way for our future generations."

-- Christy Charnel, 2011 SSRP participant; University of Pennsylvania dual degree in Nursing and Health and Societies Major with a minor in Biological basis of behavior in health management.
Naomi Fields
“SSRP was one of the best summer programs that I did while in high school. It introduced me to research techniques (gel electrophoresis and Polymerase chain reaction) that I have had to perform in my undergraduate career. Being exposed to them at such an early point in time gave me a crucial skill set to draw from. My cohort in the program proved beneficial, as well. I sincerely enjoyed being around a group of like-minded high school students for the summer. Dr. Redway and the other facilitators were fantastic—SSRP is a terrific program!”

--Naomi Fields, 2010 SSRP participant; junior at Williams College majoring in chemistry
Ana Correa
“The SSRP program gave me a sense of college expectations, and it motivated me to expand my knowledge in science at school. It was also very encouraging to have been able to use all of the equipment provided to us in order to have the full experience at no cost.”

--Ana Correa, 2010 SSRP participant; sophomore at Florida International University majoring in advertising and public relations
Edwin Robledo
“This program was beyond fantastic; it took all the thoughts and imagination I had about what a lab should be like and made it tangible. At the time I participated in the program, I was a sophomore in high school. It was an entirely new experience for me. I was able to get a sneak peak of what college life was like and was able to be a part of an experiment conducted by wonderful professors and interns … Due to the SSRP program, I was very comfortable in the lab environment and was able to apply what I learned from the program. I feel as though the program gave me a definite advantage compared to others my age and at my grade level. I highly recommend the program to anyone, even students not pursuing a science degree.”

--Edwin Robledo, 2010 SSRP participant; sophomore at Florida International University majoring in biomedical engineering