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U.S. Senator Dick Durbin Visits IMSA

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin visited with IMSA students on his recent stop in Aurora, accompanied also by Illinois Sen. Linda Holmes and Illinois Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia.

Senator Durbin visited a Methods in Scientific Inquiry (MSI) class taught by Dr. David DeVol, a sophomore level class that all IMSA students take.  During the Senator’s visit, the students explained what the class is about and described the research projects they are working on. They emphasized that the class gives them the opportunity to get hands-on experience doing a real research project on a topic they are interested in.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin listens to students discuss their projects in IMSA's Methods of Scientific Inquiry class

“It was an honor to have Senator Durbin visit our MSI class,” said Dr. DeVol. “The Senator engaged the students in a conversation about the importance of science in solving global problems. I was very proud of how the students explained both the goals of the MSI curriculum, and their research projects that they are working on in the class.”

In addition to his classroom visit, Sen. Durbin also took time out to meet with students from his home area (East St. Louis and Springfield).  

“The entire IMSA community was so appreciative of Senator Durbin's visit and impressed with his extraordinary commitment to STEM education,” said IMSA President Dr. Glenn W. “Max” McGee. “Our downstate students thoroughly enjoyed their personal conversations with him, and his visit to one of our science classes was a highlight of the day," Dr. McGee added.  

"He actively engaged with the students and listened intently as they explained their projects and shared IMSA's mission.  We are proud and honored to have him representing this mission of 'advancing the human condition' in Washington D.C.”

IMSA Legislative Director Dr. Purva Rushi contributed to this story.

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