Student Leadership Exchange (SLX) - Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Student Leadership Exchange (SLX)

LEAD culminates in the presentation of student projects, developed in elective modules, at the annual Student Leadership Exchange (SLX). The sixth annual SLX will take place on May 1st, 2019. SLX provides students an opportunity to present their projects and research to entrepreneurs, visiting professors, experts in their fields, IMSA faculty, state legislators, and most importantly each other. SLX functions much like an academic conference focusing on youth leadership, bringing awareness to social issues from around the world.

Connected to SLX is the long-standing tradition of the Hollister lecture, an annual lecture series sponsored by the family of one of IMSA’s former faculty Dr. Bernard Hollister. The Hollister Lecture series aims to inform students about various social issues and topics in student leadership.

Considerations in Ethics (CinE)

Considerations in Ethics is a series of sessions comprised of a lecture on a subject or topic in Ethics followed by a peer-to-peer facilitated breakout session. Lectures are typically given by History and Social Science Faculty Dr. Lee Eysturlid, though some lectures each year are given by other faculty, visiting professors, and experts in their field. All juniors attend each session. For more information, contact Lee Eysturlid at 630.907.5896.

Residence Life

At IMSA, we believe that leadership must be developed in all areas of life. This is why the Residence Life staff has curriculum focusing on leadership, among other topics. For more information regarding this, please go to the Residence Life page for a description of the Residential Life program with and Residential Life staff listing. For questions, please contact Katie Berger at 630. 907.5009.


To help transition into the IMSA community, the student life staff holds Navigation sessions aimed at building up identity, community, and leadership.

Sophomore Navigation – This is a list of the Navigation sessions all sophomores must attend during their first year. For questions, please contact Kevin Kusy.