2005 News Articles-Department of Biological Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

The Summer Research Institute (SRI) allows rising sophomores to experience research early in their college careers

Summer Research Institute (SRI) Twelve Carnegie Mellon students are gaining valuable knowledge this summer through the Summer Research Institute (SRI), an initiative aimed at giving rising sophomores experience in conducting original research. This year, students are constructing gene knockout mutant strains of Saccharomyces mikatae, a budding yeast, using modern molecular techniques.

Often first-year students don't have the opportunity to take on a research project of their own. The Mellon College of Science at Carnegie Mellon offers undergraduate science and engineering students that through the SRI. In the three years of the SRI, 40 rising sophomores have taken part in this program, giving them valuable insight into the research process very early in their college careers.

The SRI enjoys the full-time attention of Professors Elizabeth Jones, Peter Berget and James Burnette for the 10-week run of the program. The SRI is funded as part of a $1 million Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Professor's grant that Jones, the Dr. Frederick A. Schwertz University Professor of Life Sciences, received in 2002. The SRI also receives partial support from a $2.2 million HHMI grant awarded to Carnegie Mellon to improve student research and broaden students' access to science.