How We Work

The Mentor Matching Engine is an invitation-based platform that connects Illinois high school students and their teachers to STEM professionals from Illinois companies and research institutions to support and enhance personalized, student-led research.

Community Building

Community Building

By connecting mentors and students electronically, we are able to offer high quality mentoring experiences for students and mentors alike in a safe and secure environment while  eliminating geographic barriers.
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Mentor Matching

Mentor Matching

Each student will design his or her own guiding research question and will be able to find mentors on this platform to guide them in conducting their research.
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Collaborating

Collaborating

We offer students access to mentors from industry, universities and colleges and federal laboratories to collaborate on high-quality research and development project and mentors the opportunity to work with Illinois's brightest future scientists.
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The Mentor Matching Engine was built and is administered by a partnership of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, the R&D STEM Learning Exchange and Northwestern University.  The Mentor Matching Engine is hosted on IMSA's CoolHub collaborative learning platform, and is a central feature of the R&D STEM Learning Exchange's offerings as part of the Illinois Pathways Initiative. We hope that you have a valuable experience on the Mentor Matching Engine and welcome your feedback and comments.  

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