SRI alumni excel in fields of research

The Schiff Family Science Research Institute (SRI), a program exclusive to The Summit Country Day School, provides students with the opportunity to make scientific discoveries while working closely with experts in the field. The program gives students a head start when it comes to scientific literacy and laboratory experience. 

Recently, Jessica Sakash Replogle, Ph.D., the head of the institute, provided updates on what a few of the program’s alumni are researching in college.

  • Caroline Karbowski '18 was recently named a 2021 Next Generation Innovator of the Year at The Ohio State University. This prestigious award honors her work to provide 3D models imprinted with Braille for the blind. She also gave a TEDx Talk on the subject. You can view that here.
  • Emily Warden '20 was accepted into an undergraduate research program at the University of Michigan. She says, “SRI not only strengthened my application for this program, it gave me a great foundation for working in a research setting. I feel really acclimated, knew how to approach looking for projects and I felt ready for interviews.” Emily is involved in producing a literature review on how DE&I initiatives in universities contribute to supporting and encouraging Black women to enter STEM careers where they are significantly underrepresented. 
  • Senior Ellie Adam’s research paper entitled “The Influence of Remote Learning on Sleep Patterns of High School Students” will be published by the Journal of Emerging Investigators.
  • Shangqing "Albert" Cao '18, a student at UCLA, co-authored a paper that was published by ACS Environmental and Science Journal. The work is titled “Unaccounted Microplastics in Wastewater Sludge: Where Do They Go?”
  • Elise Becker ’17, a student at the University of South Carolina, co-authored a paper from her SRI experience with Dr. Catherine Hart at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The work is titled “Development of a survival animal model for subglottic stenosis.” Madeline is a student at the School of Medicine Columbia at the University of South Carolina this fall. 

While she was not a member of the SRI, senior Olivia Faucett is one of the dozens of successful students mentored by Dr. Replogle. She submitted a research paper, based on original research during an independent study course with Dr. Replogle, that was accepted by the National High School Journal of Science.

Each year, sophomores apply to participate in SRI during their junior year. Students in the program spend eight weeks in the summer working with a professional researcher. Then they write up their research in scientific journal style, develop their scientific poster and perfect their oral presentation of their work.

Some of their posters and presentations have gone on to win prestigious awards.