Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

To ignite and nurture creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition.

Summer Research

"Approach each new problem not with a view of finding what you hope will be there, but to get the truth, the realities that must be grappled with."

- Bernard M. Baruch


The Summer Research Training Program is a six-week residential program designed to provide young people with the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research. Just as there is no better way to learn to walk than simply walking, there is no better way to learn to explore than by doing. The Student Inquiry and Research Department is dedicated to aiding students' growth through careful guidance of students through initial projects designed to expose them to all aspects of inquiry. Projects are cutting edge and relevant to the areas in which they are conducted but limited in scope so as to enable a student to complete the whole process in a timeframe that suits precollege students.


The SRTP is open to all students between the ages of 13 and 17 and enrolled in grades 8-11. The program begins June 18 and ends on July 28, 2017.

Further details are available in this document (pdf).

Apply online HERE. Applications are due by April 1, 2017. There is no application fee.

If you have further questions, please contact Mrs. Asheli Mann-Lofthouse in the SIR Office by calling (630) 907-5885 or emailing


summer.2016.4-crop.jpgStudents from the 2016 summer program presented their research at the International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence (ICAART) in Portugal in February 2017. Their work was titled "Generating swarm solution classes using the Hamiltonian Method of swarm design". The paper is available on DigitalCommons@IMSA.