The Avantor Integrated Science Program

This uniquely IMSA program combines two weeks of online learning followed by one week of engaging, hands-on learning on campus in Aurora and explores the links between biology, chemistry, and physical science. Taught by IMSA faculty, participants delve into scientific topics, including the chemical properties of water and how these properties can affect living organisms and ecosystems.

Online: June 12 – 23, 2023 | On Campus: July 9 – 14, 2023

The Avantor Integrated Science Program at IMSA is for students whose backgrounds include populations historically underrepresented in STEM. Students can qualify for this program in one or more ways:

Eligibility Requirements
  • U.S. Resident
  • Entering 9th grade in the fall of 2023
  • Completed one year of Pre-Algebra by July 1, 2023
  • Be age 13 by September 1, 2023
Application Components
  • Application Form
  • Brief Essay
  • Science Teacher Recommendation

Students must complete the online portion of the program in order to be able to attend the on-campus residential portion of the program. Completed applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so it is to your benefit to submit the required forms as soon as possible. Teacher recommendation forms will be emailed to the teacher indicated in the program application on Mondays and Thursdays. If not received by the end of the Monday or Thursday following the day you applied, please have the teacher check their spam folder or reach out to

Student participation costs for the entire program will be completely covered through the generosity of the Avantor Foundation, but students will be asked to pay a $50 registration fee upon acceptance to confirm their attendance.

*Applicants who qualify for the Avantor Integrated Science Program at IMSA based on financial need will need to provide evidence of enrollment in SNAP or Free/Reduced Lunch. If you do not qualify for SNAP or FRL, you could alternatively provide your 2021 or 2022 Federal Income Tax Form showing your Adjusted Gross Income (Line 11 on Form 1040, 1040-SR, and 1040NR), and the number of dependents.