Resources that Make a Difference
The IMSA experience is rich with technology and intellectual resources. Within the classrooms, resource centers, and science and computer labs, IMSA boasts 300 network-connected computers, all of which are directly connected to the Illinois University library system. Classes and student organizations use the Web to post projects and discussion groups and to access and disperse information efficiently. Also, all residence hall rooms have high-speed internet connections.
IMSA not only provides the latest technologies, but also makes sure faculty and students can capitalize on these resources by educating them in efficiently using information tools. Information technology at IMSA is used for a more fluid exchange of knowledge across the campus and beyond. Students leave the Academy not only adept at working with technology, but also at thinking about and creating new ways to use it.
IMSA is an institution whose mission is to provide a model for innovation in advanced study in mathematics and science education. As such, IMSA's resources benefit from significant external sponsorship. The Grainger Center for Imagination and Inquiry, recipient of the Merit Award in the 1999 Design Awards & Exemplary Learning Environment Program, is one example. This remarkable space for student scientific research features mobile workstations and mini-labs, which can be grouped for collaboration or independent work, and flexible data and power hook-ups. The Grainger Center supports research in all scientific fields from the traditional sciences to technological innovation.
Another sponsored facility, the Instructional Technology Laboratory/Toyota Video Production Laboratory (ITL/TVPL), provides students with state-of-the-art educational equipment, such as multimedia workstations, digitally enhanced video-editing equipment, and teleconferencing capabilities. Students use the Laboratory's digital camera, camcorders, and live video streaming equipment in- and outside of the media center for class work and co-curricular activities.
Most importantly, however, IMSA recognizes that ultimately the most valuable resource for students are the people whose ideas and work challenge and inspire them.
The presence and availability of Dr. Leon Lederman, a recipient of the 1988 Nobel Prize for Physics, is only one example of IMSA's commitment to educating its students through exposure to the important thinkers of our time. The Great Minds Program, which brings renowned scientists, academicians, writers, economists, and educators to speak at IMSA is another example of IMSA providing an education unlike any other. Lecturers who have participated in this program in the last four years include: Dr. Jack Steinberger, Professor Dudley Herschbach, and Dr. Mario Molina, Nobel Laureates; Jan Visser, UNESCO, France; Mr. Ira Flatow, National Public Radio host; Dr. Janet Rowley, 1998 National Medal of Science Recipient; Malcolm Brown and Claudia Dreyfus, New York Times correspondents; Robert Pinsky, Poet Laureate; Homer Hickam, author of October Sky, and Alfred R. Berkeley, Vice Chairman of NASDAQ.