Meet Liz Nyamwange.
She came to IMSA from Byron, IL, a town with a population of 3,607, seeking a challenge, a diverse student body, and the opportunity to work with like-minded peers driven by fascination, curiosity, and desire. Here, she engaged in advanced coursework taught by top-ranked faculty and learning experiences outside the classroom that changed the trajectory of her life. A student research project on computational epidemiology in economically vulnerable communities combined with exposure to applied social entrepreneurship both inspired and fueled her passion for equity-based innovation and research.
Now an IMSA junior, this computer-science coder and gender equality enthusiast has made it her mission to pave understanding of the unlimited possibilities Black and Brown students possess, and she is well on a path to do so. Liz is hoping to make Etana, her solar-powered device that uses blockchain technology to create a unique digital identity without access to the Internet or electricity, a reality. So far, the invention has earned her the top prize in the HP Girls Save the World Challenge, MIT Solv[ed], and Taco Bell Ambition Accelerator competitions, along with recognition in Seventeen Magazine.
A gift to the IMSA Fund for the Advancement of Education supports life-changing learning experiences for IMSA students like Liz, including the Student Inquiry and Research (SIR) program, entrepreneurship programming, and invaluable mentoring. In addition, your support enhances student leadership development, clubs and organizations, music and art programs, and guest lecture opportunities.
You’ll help students connect, grow and make a difference.