Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

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


Eight IMSA seniors have qualified as semifinalists in the 2011 National Achievement® Scholarship Program, an academic competition for African-American high school students.

IMSA Class of 2010 graduate Dawna Bagherian is the only student in the country to win the 2010 Norman Mailer National High School Nonfiction Writing Award, presented by The Norman Mailer Center and Writers Colony in partnership with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

IMSA recently recognized its 52 semifinalists in the 2011 National Merit® Scholarship Program. The semifinalists represent 36 communities throughout Illinois.

By Linsey Crowninshield, IMSA Assistant Director of Student Life:  Leadership and Service

At the opening of the school year, Student Council President Shawon Jackson said: Let us inspire one person to do good in this world, because if our lives were to end today, we would be content in knowing that our inspiration – our legacies – shall last for a lifetime.

Middle school students from the South Suburbs of Cook County will have a chance to attend IMSA’s 2011 summer science camps, thanks to a $10,000 grant from ARAMARK Education to the IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education.

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy welcomed 224 Illinois students as members of its sophomore class, the Class of 2013.

IMSA recently launched the Beta version of CoolHub.IMSA, a global online collaborative innovation network to fast forward the development of creative projects in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

A star in her own right, Astronomer Dr. Julie Comerford '98 told IMSA students to take risks, find their passion and work hard during IMSA's 2010 Convocation ceremony.

IMSA President Dr. Glenn “Max” McGee took nearly 100 new teachers on a "trip down memory lane" during his inspirational speech That One Best Teacher during the 45th Annual Welcome Breakfast for New Educators, presented by the West Suburban Chamber of Commerce & Industry (WSCCI).

IMSA Class of 2009 graduate Hannah Reiser traveled out of the country for the first time to serve on a medical mission to Mexico and returned with 'so much more.'