The Mentor Matching Engine is an invitation-based platform to bring together Mentors, Students and Teachers for personalized independent student research projects in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
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.
Students value authentic research experiences
Student at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
"Conducting authentic research in high school has meant the difference between accepting the average and reaching for the unimaginable. Through independent research projects and participating in a STEM Inquiry and Research program, I learned to think critically, develop research skills at the professional level, interact with scientists from across the globe, and push myself to my mental limits. It has provided me with extraordinary opportunities I never knew existed, and for that I will always be grateful. Upon entering college, it was also easier for me to obtain a position in a laboratory and get ahead in the track I want to be on in life. The authentic research I did in high school has helped me grow as an individual academically and personally, and it has prepared me for the career and world I will face in the future."
Student at Techonion - Israel Institute of Technology Medical School, Haifa, Israel
"Performing research in high school was definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made. It taught me how to truly think in a scientific way. It helped me get into a great university, and I am about to start medical school in the fall. I know that I would not be as successful as I am today had it not been for my ability to perform research in high school and the mentoring that came with it!"