From June 17 through July 3, Barry University hosted 18 high school students for the annual Summer Science Research Program (SSRP). Led by Drs. Flona Redway and Teresa Petrino-Lin in the Department of Biology, the SSRP brings high school students from Dade and Broward counties to the Barry campus for an introduction to the college experience.
The program provides high school students with information on college preparation and college life, career counseling, lectures on hot button science topics. Participating students are immersed in hands-on science research and the development of written and oral presentation skills, culminating in a formal oral presentation on the last day, with parents and faculty as guests.
SSRP program activities are free of charge to the participants thanks to funding provided by Publix Super Markets Charities, The Children’s Trust, and with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, and the College of Arts and Sciences, Barry University.
This year’s participating high schools included: Miami Lakes Education Center, St. Brendan Catholic High, McArthur High, Cooper City High, John A. Ferguson High, Miami Norland Senior High, Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High, and North Miami Beach Senior High. Program participants from previous years have gone on to complete undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees prestigious universities including Barry, University of Miami, Florida State University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Virginia, and Howard University.