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5 Simple Steps to Leading a Happier Life

Written by: Abhinav Anne Interviewed: Dr. Laurie Santos – Professor of Psychology at Yale University and Founder of the Happiness Lab “Are we truly wired for happiness?” This question posed by Dr. Laurie Santos, a Professor of Psychology at Yale University and the Founder of

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IMSA New Biology Electives 

Written by Margaret Wei New biology elective classes, Pathophysiology, Cancer Biology, and Biology of Behavior, have recently become IMSA upperclassmen favorites. The addition of these classes were aimed to further students’ knowledge from the required core classes: Scientific Inquiries Biology and Advanced Biological Systems. These

Mythbusting: SIR 2020-21

Written by: Rishitha Boddu Close your eyes and go back to that day in March 2020 when an unfortunate email was sent out to the entire IMSA student body. It informed us that we would most likely not return to campus to conclude the academic

Compact Muon Solenoid Research at Fermilab

Written By: Shreya Mahesh It’s not common for high school students to have the opportunity to do work at the level of college students. Dr. Dong’s IMSA-CMS SIR allows students to perform particle physics data analysis with CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) at CERN in Fermilab.

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Francesca Dumitrescu’s Fourth-Wall-Breaking SIR

Written by: Shreya Mahesh SIR, or the Student Inquiry and Research program, was established in 1989. Sparking curiosity and engagement in various academic fields, students are now given the opportunity to dedicate their Wednesdays, or Inquiry Days, to SIRs, should they choose to do so.

Research of Glioblastoma Cells by IMSA

WRITTEN BY: Shreya Mahesh Glioblastoma is one of the most common types of brain cancer. The Glioblastomas are grade 4 brain tumors, which means that they contain the most defective cells, making them the most aggressive. These tumors develop primarily in the frontal and temporal

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The 2019 Japan Super Science Fair

WRITTEN BY: MARGARET WEI The SIR department at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) annually selects a few students to present their research at the Japan Super Science Fair (JSSF). At the Science Fair, these students were given the opportunity to interact and collaborate

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2018 Japan Student Science Fair

Written by Meghana Karan Three IMSA students: Shubhi Verma (’19), Jake Sutter (’19), and Louise Lima(’19), attended the Japan Super Science Fair (JSSF) held by RitsumeikanUniversity in Kyoto, Japan. This yearly science fair hosts high schools fromaround the world from countries such as India, China,

Remembering Dr. Clancy

Written by Alana Depaz Dr. Peter Clancy has been a part of the IMSA community for ten years. Not only did he positively influence the students, but he was also a kind, reliable, genuine, and pun-loving person with all of his colleagues. Dr. Don Dosch

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Rebuilding SIR From the Ground Up

Written by Devika Prasad & Caitlyn Castillo Since 1989, IMSA’s Student Inquiry and Research program has been guiding students in research, both on and off campus, with the goal of “increased knowledge, deeper understanding, and skill development”. IMSA’s inquiry-based academic philosophy results in students only