Summer PROMISE Program (SEAMS) – Rising 9th Graders

The application for the Summer 2024 PROMISE – SEAMS Program is cexpected to launch on March 12.

The PROMISE Summer Program also known as Summer Enrichment in Academics in Mathematics and Science (SEAMS) is designed for students between their 8th and 9th grade years. Illinois students currently enrolled in the 8th grade are eligible to apply. This academic residential program runs for the duration of ten days on IMSA’s campus located in Aurora.

IMSA's PROMISE Programs aim to address the challenges of culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse (CLED) students. PROMISE is a proven model of success for realizing the vision of a highly diverse and creative STEM workforce. Illinois students enrolled in the 7th-9th grade who demonstrate high academic achievement and meet one or more of the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • Student identifies as Black or African American and/or Latinx
  • Student resides in a rural Illinois county
  • Student qualifies for National School Lunch Program

Dates TBA, but the program is expected to take place in late June 2024.

The summer PROMISE Program is a 10-day residential program. Students are required to remain on the IMSA campus for the duration of the entire 10 days and will reside in the residential halls during their stay. This is an intense academic experieince with a balance of fun experieinces. Students will attend classes in various subjects including, but not limited to the list below. Additionally, students will experience field trips such as to the Museum of Science and Industry and Funway Entertainment Center.

  • Math
  • Science
  • English
  • Personal Development
  • SAT Prep

Our PROMISE Program application opens at various points in the year depending on grade level. Application deadlines and details are listed on each webpage.

The application will consist of the following items:

  • Complete the online application
  • Student Essay
  • Parent Statement
  • Teacher Evaluation Form from a current Math or Science teacher
  • School Administrator Form which includes the request for official grade reports.

Students enrolled in homeschool programs will need to provide additional documentation explaining the curriculum, evaluation process, and texts used. The teacher evaluation must be completed by non-family members who know the student’s work well.

All application materials are due by the listed deadline.

Once you have started your online application, you will be provided a link for the appropriate form.
The Teacher Evaluation should be completed by a current math or science teacher. IMSA recommends notifying your teacher before sending an evaluation request, so they are prepared to complete the evaluation and understand what you are applying for. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide this link directly to your teacher of choice. Teachers will complete the evaluation form electroically and submissions come directly to the PROMISE team.
The recommendation form will ask teachers to tell our team more about the applicants STEM interests, participation, prepration, collaboartion skills and more.

Once you have started your online application, you will be provided a link for the appropriate form.

Send the School Administrator Form can be sent to an academic school counselor, prinicipal, assistant principal, registrar, or similar school administrator who has access to student records. We recommend notifying your administrator before sending a form request, so they are prepared to complete the form. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide this link directly to your school official. The form will be completed electronically and submissions come directly to the PROMISE team.

The form will request general information about the school the applicant attends, general academic information, and will include the request for grade reports for the last 1.5 years.

Summer PROMISE Program: 

March 12: Application Opens
April 15: Final date to submit application
April 26: Decisions are released via email

There is no fee to apply for the summer PROMISE Program. Applicants invited to participate will be asked to submit a $50.00 registration fee.