Clubs and Organizations - Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Clubs and Organizations

The clubs and organizations listed are student supported. Each club or organization must have an adult sponsor. Clubs may elect to be chartered through the Student Council. Other organizations are sponsored by individual departments or programs. If you would like more information about a particular club or organization, please email the advisor or student contact person. For all other questions, please contact us in Student Life at (630) 907-5009.

For the 2021-2022 school year, this information will be updated in July.

Category Run by PME Club Name Leader(s) Advisor(s) Mission Statement
National Organization No Active Minds Liz Alcala, Esther Im Luis F. Villafuerte Bring mental health out of the counseling center by raising awareness, educating, and
de-stigmatizing help-seeking; Our first goal, above all else, is to serve the mental wellness needs of our student body. This chapter of Active Minds will focus specifically on supporting our peers during this difficult time of transition and encouraging courageous conversations surrounding our mental well-being. We look forward to emphasizing the importance of self- care, positive self- image, stress-management, and creating a community that de-stigmatizes reaching out for help.
Civic Engagement No Alliance for Free Thought (AFT) Mathew Illimoottil Lee W. Eysturlid The Alliance for Free Thought (AFT) aims to foster intellectual discourse within the IMSA community, both virtually and in person, while maintaining a respectful and engaged environment for all. We also intend on expanding the scope of our discussions beyond politics. We will welcome discussions of any topic that holds intellectual value, including but not limited to STEM, philosophy, and religion.
Cultural Yes Alma Latina Axel Hernandez Rafael Gonzales Alma Latina is culture club dedicated to spread Latinx culture across campus and form a community that serves the Latinx community and other residents on campus through educational and recreational events.
Next year, through their engagement in several activities and events run by our board, students will develop an appreciation for the Latinx community at IMSA and expand their awareness of diverse backgrounds.
Partaking in Alma Latina will get you involved in fun events where we bring Hispanic foods to IMSA, huge sports activities, and events where we highlight awareness of current issues in the Hispanic and Latinx world. Not to mention our biggest event of the year, Casa de Alma!
Civic Engagement No American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Natalie Hulseberg, Brogan Long Devon Madon The ACLU at IMSA’s goal is to provide a platform for students to pursue social justice matters they are passionate about, facilitate discussions on difficult topics, and educate students on current civil liberties and rights issues. Through regularly scheduled events, we cultivate conversation around the ACLU’s key issues. Through our student projects program, we offer the unique opportunity on campus for students to receive guidance and resources to form an initiative that creates real change in the IMSA community and beyond related to an ACLU key issue; currently, our project groups are focusing on creating a government petition on LGBTQIA+-inclusive healthcare and pursuing a wide range of women’s issues. In addition to these two activities, we also have held guest speaker events, workshops, and other events which aim to teach students about advocacy and lobbying and introduce them to famous and/or impactful activists.

While our primary audience is students interested in social justice and activism, our activities also strongly appeal to politically-motivated students (though the ACLU is a nonpartisan and non-political organization focused on the Bill of Rights and Constitution rather than a political agenda). A large part of our goal is also to introduce apolitical students not currently involved in activism to the ACLU’s work and encourage them to become involved.

National Organization No Amnesty International Isabel Chen, Annabelle Lu Nicholas Cross, Devon Madon Amnesty International’s mission is to lead youth and other activists and volunteers to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights. We will work as a club to hold informational GAs and opportunities for protest and service as a group.
Civic Engagement No Animal Rights Foundation (ARF) Abigail Ernat, Natali Chung Brian Trainor To help IMSA students find and build a passion for animals, with an end goal of inspiring them to become animal rights advocates.
Special Interest No Artifact Moorea Gay, Temi Ijisesan Jean Bigger, Joyce Symoniak Artifact is an organization that aims to cultivate the creative expression of culture and heritage at IMSA through the arts. We are open to all cultures and art abilities and encourage participants to freely express themselves and their identities through the art they create. Our organization seeks to create a more inclusive and diverse IMSA through the expression of cultural and ethnic art.
Cultural Yes Asian Students in America (ASIA) Jasmine Liu Karen Gholson To educate and spread the Asian-American culture and experience throughout the IMSA community.
Cultural Yes Black Student Union (BSU) Olamiji Fabamigbe Anita White, JaRod Tobler The purpose of this organization shall be to educate the IMSA community about the culture and heritage of Black people. We strive to erase the negative misconceptions pertaining to the Black community and replace them with a more informed view both within the student body and in conjunction with administration to make the campus a more equitable space for the black community. We also aim to create a safe space amongst the black community on campus to grow and understand more about themselves and culture (inclusive of all facets of black culture … Caribbean, African, African American, etc). Goals towards achieving this purpose shall be set at the beginning of the year.
Civic Engagement No Club Terra Christin Ann Sanchez Tanya Crum To promote awareness about environmental issues on and off campus by holding events and hosting educational programs at libraries. Additionally, we hope to foster a love of the environment in anyone and everyone.
Educational No Code Society Kyler Yu Mia Pidlaoan, Tom Meyer To inspire students and engage them in student-led computer science projects that will better the IMSA community; Code Society is a computer science club where students come together to apply computer science to real-world issues and are able to learn more about programming. Our aim is for students with any prior coding experience to have resources and a community to go to in order to improve their skills, learn more about the applications and career pathways of CS, and to be able to work in a realistic team environment where they will have the opportunity to use CS to help the IMSA community. We will design events to reach out to the local schools and hold hackathons and events to teach kids about CS. In addition, club members will engage in projects that range from developing an IMSA syllabus/class information page to an all-in-one personalized IMSA organizer.
Special Interest No Cooking Club Gerardo Paramo Rodrigo Gonzalez IMSA Cooking Club is a community dedicated to bringing students together around the basic human need of food. We strive to include those of all levels in the culinary field as we feel cooking is a basic skill for life and a form of art. Our goal is to teach students how to cook and perfect dishes that can be made with simple ingredients and utensils, while also showing that cooking can be a fun task to do.
Cultural Yes European Club Ariela Asllani Agnieszka Michalak European Club (EC) encourages and spreads a greater comprehension of European cultures, traditions, languages, and world events through education in order to establish multicultural understanding and peace among all across campus. We aim to promote European unity through awareness and celebration for the variety of cultures found in the continent. Events include powerful speakers, holiday celebrations, and general assembly events.
Educational No EMPR Fitness Gerardo Paramo, Mya Griesbaum Brian Trainor To ignite and nurture a passion for fitness in creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition. EMPR provides resources for IMSA students to achieve their goals at home, and on campus. The goal of IMSA’s fitness club is to provide a platform that hosts events for those who already have an established interest in fitness, or for beginners who are looking to get involved in a healthy lifestyle.
Special Interest No EPOCH Gautham Anne Marti Shirley The purpose of Epoch is to create a student-run cluster for the education of Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (”IMSA”) students in machine learning and other computationally intensive fields.
Civic Engagement No Exodus Tutoring William McCarthy, Elizabeth Alcala Kevin Lim The mission of Exodus is to provide academic assistance for underrepresented and underprivileged students through the Quest Program at the Grace Church of DuPage. We strive to motivate these students, discover the potential they have inside them and brighten their futures. Our ultimate purpose is to help eliminate the large educational divide in our society, one student at a time.
Educational No French Language Club To provide awareness and knowledge of the French culture not only in France, but throughout the world along with general learning of the French language as a by-product.
National Organization No Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Avdhan Kandikattu, Balaji Balachandran Kevin Lim, Marti Shirley FBLA-PBL inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences.
Cultural Yes Gender Equity Association (GEA) Natalie Hulseberg, Liz Soyemi Anita White, Erin Micklo (Not listed), Mary Zuidema (Not listed) The purpose of the Gender Equity Association is to provide an inclusive environment for all gender identities and to promote feminism and gender equity. We define feminism as the act of recognizing the disparities and working towards improving the social, political, and economic conditions for ALL gender identities in order to achieve equity. As a club, we provide a multitude of opportunities for students: community building, general assemblies, Voices of GEA, Tales from the Homefront, project groups, and much more!
National Organization No Girls Learning International (GLI) Morgan Johnson, Makayla Zheng Laura Kopff We believe education is a human right to which all are equally entitled. Our goals are to raise awareness about difficulties girls have in obtaining education internationally and to assist girls in overcoming barriers to education by raising funds and providing peer support and motivation. GLI is a nationwide organization with over 100 chapters, associated with the Feminist Majority Foundation.
Educational No Girls Who Code (GWC) Michelle Sun, Nadia Ludwig Namrata Pandya Girls Who Code aims to close the gender gap in technological fields, specifically computer science, through project-based learning. By creating a supportive community of girls who code, we want to build the confidence of girls who have previously shied away from pursuing their interests in computer science. We hope for more girls to work in teams to build projects of their interest, learn computer science concepts applicable to any project, and build confidence to pursue a technological major. This initial training and exposure to the field will later help girls build projects for the benefit of the student body.
Special Interest No Hadron Eunice Kim Jean Bigger Hadron is a monthly science periodical that works to bring the IMSA community and the general public topical summaries about scholarly articles or any of our own academic articles. Our team writes about math, physics, technology, biology, chemistry, or any other STEM field that you are interested in!
Cultural Yes Hatikvah Grant Bell To inform and engage the IMSA community about the Jewish culture.
Special Interest No Heliotrope Temi Ijisesan Joyce Symoniak The mission of Heliotrope is to create and host events to stimulate the IMSA community’s interest in the fine arts.
Cultural No IMSA Christian Alliance (ICA) Mathew Illimoottil Peter Dong The IMSA Christian Alliance’s mission is to share the Word of God with Christians and non-Christians in the hopes of applying it to their own lives by the use of fellowship, prayer, and bible study.
Educational No IMSA Investing Club Storm Stern Nicholas Cross, Patrick Davis
Special Interest No IMSA Jazz Ensemble Janice Krouse To provide students with an opportunity to improve their music skills in a jazz ensemble, as well as to increase appreciation of jazz and music theory in the ensemble and across campus.
Special Interest No IMSA Society of Musical Performers (ISoMP) Lara Brink The purpose of the IMSA Society of Musical Performers is to form a more organized and formal way for the talented musicians at IMSA to share their abilities with the campus and to provide the musicians with the opportunity to grow as individuals as well as collaborative performers, and musicians overall
Educational No IMSAlympians Vivian Cho, Andy Tang Namrata Pandya To foster an appreciation for and genuine interest in STEM topics that are relevant to us both today and in the future through challenging academic competitions and discussions about science current events. The club will specifically focus on national competitions such as F=ma, USA Physics Olympiad (USAPhO), USA Biology Olympiad (USABO), and US National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO). It will also hold additional events such as MIT Battlecode and seminars hosting STEM professionals.
Cultural Yes Indian Student Association (ISA) Niyati Kapadia Lee W. Eysturlid To exhibit and spread the Indian culture around the IMSA community with educational and recreational events that will allow students to understand the importance and the culture itself; an organization that at its core promotes the spread of Indian culture on campus. However, it’s much more than that. The relatively large and small events alike, such as Holi, Diwali (our annual cultural show), and events that discuss India’s hurtful biases, teach students to observe and learn about India for what it is.
National Organization No Junior State of America (JSA) Caroline Hall, Emily Nakiganda Eric Greenfield To promote and facilitate civic engagement and political awareness among students.
National Organization No Key Club Thavaisya Ananth, Kevin Fan Joyce Symoniak Key Club is an international student-led organization which provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership.
National Organization No La Plaza de Callao Sachleen Tuteja Mary Zuidema, Marta Kaluza La Plaza de Callao (LPDC) is IMSA’s chapter of the Spanish National Honor Society and aims for members to develop an appreciation for the Spanish language and acquire fluency. Immersing oneself and service are important principles of LPDC, where students have the freedom to explore different aspects of the historic language through volunteer opportunities and self-guided projects.
Civic Engagement No L&D Matter Dhruv Patel Joyce Symoniak, Erin Micklo, Stephanie Broy L&D Matter aims to help children with intellectual and learning disabilities(down syndrome,
dyslexia, etc.) grow socially and academically by providing them with mentorship through IMSA. L&D also serves to educate the IMSA and surrounding communities about learning and
intellectual disabilities, and advocate for these disabilities as well.
Special Interest No Martial Arts Club Yihan Deng Sophie Wang Martial Arts Club’s mission is to spread knowledge and appreciation for a diverse variety of martial arts from various countries including Taekwondo (Korean), Wushu (Chinese), Tai Chi (Chinese), and more.
Educational No Med Society Shreya Mahesh, Pranav Patel Sowmya Anjur To generate interest and applicability to the medical field within the IMSA community by encouraging health awareness, exploring career diversity, and providing & creating medically-related events & initiatives on- and off-campus.
Civic Engagement No Mock Trial Michelle Li, Aaliyah Ali Tracy Townsend IMSA Mock Trial aims to provide students with a better understanding of trial advocacy and the American legal system through the enactments of courtroom cases and the development of critical thinking, questioning, and oratory skills. IMSA Mock Trial offers a multitude of thrilling learning opportunities, including participation in intra-school scrimmages or local and state competitions catering not only to those interested in pursuing law-based careers but those simply looking to grow their skills.
Special Interest No Mod21 Emilia Daniels Patrick Davis To spread appreciation for a cappella around the IMSA campus and our community through the creation and performance of original arrangements at cultural shows, campus events, and our nationwide competitions.
Civic Engagement No Model UN Ethan Brazelton, Gloria Wang Eric Greenfield Model United Nations simulates multilateral international bodies and domestic cabinets with the aim of solving past or present world issues by:
– Facilitating organized and civil debate and discussion of current events, historical events, and global politics.
– Using the simulation of multilateral international bodies to improve students’ abilities to collaborate, communicate, write, and think critically about global events.
– Encouraging students to think and question in the mindset of a global leader.
Cultural Yes Muslim Students Association (MSA) Manaal Shamsi Mia Pidlaoan Our goal as an MSA is to bring the IMSA community closer to their Muslim peers and inform them on the customs and values of Islam. To address and eliminate misconceptions and to invite others to take part in this beautiful new chapter here at IMSA. We want to enlighten our community on Islam and spread peace and acceptance across campus.
Cultural No Native American Student Society (NASS) Katelyn Ingles Devon Madon To educate the student body on Native American culture and history. As well as to spread awareness of Native American issues and help to create a welcoming environment for Native American students.
Educational No Nautilus Aidan Maddox Jessica Amacher To help promote the passions of the field of marine biology around IMSA while raising awareness about the issues facing various aspects of marine biology.
Special Interest No Philosophy Club Shreya Mahesh Jennifer Egloff Phil.II is dedicated to providing an outlet in an open and accepting environment for students to discuss and develop philosophies, ethics, and morals in a professional setting in the original context, as well as learning how those philosophies contribute to personal and professional success.
Educational No PSYCH Serena Gacek, Rujuta Durwas Kevin Kusy IMSA PSYCH Club is an organization that intends to educate and bring awareness to the IMSA community concerning topics and careers in psychology. Engage with us throughout the year in our captivating Career Conversations, engaging AP PSYCH Study Sessions, informational Community Events, and through our riveting YouTube Channel! Also, make sure to check us out on Instagram and Facebook! Stay PSYCHed!!!!
National Organization No Red Cross Club Shikhar Gupta, Kavin Suhirtharen Sowmya Anjur The Red Cross Club (RCC) is an organized group of registered student volunteers committed to learning, practicing, and exemplifying humanitarian values through mission-related service projects. Red Cross Club activities range from joining a local Disaster Action Team (DAT), hosting blood drives, preparing home safety kits, fundraising, and much more! RCC events provide students the opportunity to work with their local Red Cross unit and engage in projects that address some of our country’s and the world’s greatest needs.
Civic Engagement No Relay for Life Julie Lima Karen Gholson Holding fundraisers with the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated. Raising donations for participation in Relay For Life is fun as well as challenging.
National Organization No Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) Erin Yoo Marta Kaluza To engage students to educate and mobilize their peers on issues affecting children, mainly advocating for expanding early childhood education in the United States and protecting children in conflict or war zones, among other issues.
Special Interest No Saudade Literary Magazine Isabel Chen Tracy Townsend The Saudade Literary Magazine is a literary focus club that will be publishing monthly editions of writing submissions from IMSA’s own community of students and faculty! Any type of creative writing submitted by anyone is welcomed. Besides our publications, look forward to future GAs, events/activities, and competitions as well!
National Organization No Society for Advancement of
Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans
in Science (SACNAS)
Lethzeylee Gutierrez John Thurmond SACNAS is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM. Our programs and events train and support the next generation of diverse STEM talent.
National Organization No Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) Joyce Li, Rohit Kartha Rafael Gonzalez SASE is dedicated to the advancement of scientists and engineers in education and
employment so that they can achieve their full career potential.
National Organization No Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Rishitha Boddu, Amanda Chen Marti Shirley To provide opportunities for and guide young girls on their journey to a career of engineering.
Cultural Yes SPECTRUM Brogan Long, Monica Narciso Sowmya Anjur, Mia Pidlaoan Spectrum is IMSA’s own LGBTQ+ club, with a mission to create an inclusive and productive environment in order to hold discussions on LGBTQ+ topics, spread awareness, and to foster a better environment for the whole community.
Educational No Spreading Dance Around Campus (SDAC) Hailey Raval Rafael Gonzalez We strive to spread our passion for dance across the IMSA community through teaching and performance!
Special Interest No Spreading Music Around Campus (SMAC) Caroline Hall, Disha Dureja Joyce Symoniak The mission of SMAC is to immerse the students of IMSA into a culture where music is accessible and enjoyable, and students can perform in front of one another in an open, welcoming environment.
Special Interest No Table Tennis Sameer Komoravolu Eric Smith Table Tennis Club aims to provide students with the opportunity to play table tennis both recreationally and competitively. We encourage students to play table tennis and learn the proper skills and techniques to become a more competitive player. In order to do this, we will host practices, matches, tournaments, and training sessions for students. For matches and tournaments, we are planning to hold seasonal tournaments for IMSA students to participate, and we will compete against other players and schools outside of IMSA. To prepare for these matches and tournaments, we will have weekly practices and training sessions for students to improve and develop their table tennis abilities. Our goal is to provide students with a fun, competitive, and educational experience by learning as a group.
National Organization No UNICEF Alice Li Marta Kaluza Our mission is to educate, advocate, and fundraise on behalf of the underprivileged children of the world. Through educational events and fundraisers that engage the entire IMSA community, we manifest our belief that fundraising, advocating, and educating are team efforts, not individual ones. Our goal is to not only raise money for the world’s children but also host events on the IMSA campus to educate the IMSA student body on unfortunate worldly events that may be unnoticed otherwise.

Other Student Leadership Programs On Campus


Advisor: Brittney Walker and Kevin Lim
Description: A group that organizes campus-wide activities.


Advisor: Kevin Broy
Description: Students interested in digital photography and video editing. 


Advisor: TBD
Description: Council of all multicultural groups on campus.


Advisor: Jackie Salinas
Description: Students who lead tours, and help Admissions with Preview and EIP days.


Advisor: Tami Armstrong
Description: To build and sustain positive relationships between our students and our invaluable external constituents: legislators, alumni and donors.


Advisor: Ralph Flickinger 
Description: Students interested in digital photography and video editing.