Schiff Family Science Research Institute

Our students don't have to wait until college or graduate school to find out what it's like to work in a professional lab. At The Summit, real-world research with working scientists happens during high school.  

Upper School 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.   

 Our Science Research Institute is unique to Cincinnati. Biochemist Jessica Sakash Replogle, Ph.D., leads the program through three sequentially tiered classes and work in research labs. She builds on the foundation of Middle and Upper School science courses to give students a head start when it comes to scientific literacy and laboratory experience. College professors have remarked at how well prepared these institute students are in operating in a higher education laboratory setting. 

 At The Summit, this is part of how we are turning out scientists. Your teen could be the next to have the chance to author or co-author a scientific, peer-reviewed journal article. Some students have earned full U.S. Patents on their research projects.   

 We accept up to 14 juniors in this highly competitive program. We evaluate applications based on good character, motivation, scientific pursuits outside the classroom, academic performance, work ethic and emotional intelligence. We do not necessarily admit applicants with the longest resume or highest test scores. We take a holistic approach. 

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Jessica Sakash Replogle, Ph.D. is the head of the Schiff Family Science Research Institute. Dr. Replogle received a doctorate in biochemistry from Boston College and bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from University of New Hampshire. She has been published in numerous professional, scientific journals from her work at Boston College and Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. 

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SRI Blog

Rebecca Smith: Effects of vision training on sports concussions

Rebecca Smith studied vision training on sports concussions in a clinical research group with an orthopedic doctor, a first-year medical student and an undergraduate student interested in attending medical school.

Mark Zhou: Data analysis of air pollution issues

Senior Mark Zhou, an international student from China, studied air pollution under the guidance of Mrs. Anna Kelley from the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency as well as Dr. Mingming Lu from the University of Cincinnati Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, and Dr. Ming Zhang, a visiting scholar from China.

Emily Warden: Seeking ways to prevent bacterial infection

Summit  senior Emily Warden researched infectious disease department at The Christ Hospital in a study seeking ways to prevent bacterial infection.

Madeline Riley: Congenital heart disease and neonatal kidneys

Summit senior Madeline Riley researched congenital heart disease and neonatal kidneysat Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in the cardiology department.

Jack Schmerge: How to regulate neuronal gene expression

Summit senior works at a Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center lab investigating various transcription factors that correlate to developmental events within the nervous system.  

Sophia Evans: Prenatal testing and congenital heart defects

Summit senior Sophia Evans works with cardiology research group on a project focusing on why babies with congenital heart defects (CHD) are born prematurely.