Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

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IMSA Seeks Underrepresented Students for SEAMS Summer Program


SEAMS Application is Available Here

IMSA is seeking Illinois students to apply for its SEAMS (Summer Enrichment for Academics in Mathematics and Science) residential program, which teaches advanced math and science concepts through hands-on learning experiences to students who otherwise may not have the opportunity to learn in an intellectually stimulating and supportive environment. Recent programs have helped students develop talent, interest, and motivation for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) learning through lessons that feature catapults, slimy polymers, rockets, and CO2 powered race cars.

The two week live-in program’s curriculum utilizes group inquiry and problem solving in ways that are designed to improve students' math, science, and English skills.  SEAMS has only a nominal fee for the ten day program ($50) which has served as a catalyst for students who are  interested in STEM, but might not  have had opportunities to explore their passions.

“SEAMS was a life changing experience in my academic career,” said one former student of the program who now attends IMSA and serves as a tutor for the SEAMS program. “At my old school it wasn’t cool to be smart, but at SEAMS I found kids just like me who loved math and science. Do not take SEAMS as just a summer camp - it is truly summer enrichment.”

Students participating in the SEAMS program live in IMSA residence halls, study in the academic building, and take trips to places like museums and forensic labs. Students’ experiences in many ways simulate the experience of an enrolled IMSA student, focusing on interpersonal skill development.

 “The SEAMS program is an incredible opportunity for underrepresented students to be immersed in IMSA’s intellectual environment, experience hands-on STEM learning, and see what life is like for our students,” said Admissions Counselor Quintin Backstrom. “The feedback we receive from this program is tremendous, not to mention there is almost no cost associated with it – there is nothing else like it in Illinois.”

The SEAMS program is held on IMSA’s campus in Aurora, beginning Sunday, June 15, 2014 and ending on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.  The deadline for SEAMS’s competitive application process is April 30, 2014.  For application and program information, contact the IMSA Office of Admissions at 630-907-5028 or reach them by e-mail at The application also can be downloaded at