Many will measure IMSA’s work to “ignite and nurture creative, ethical scientific minds that advance the human condition” by the contributions of our alumni. I am proud to say that we pass that rigorous test with flying colors. Sixty percent of our alumni earn undergraduate degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) compared to the national average of 33 percent. As undergraduate and graduate students, they attend the most highly selective colleges and universities in the nation, earning numerous academic, research and leadership accolades including Fulbright, Marshall, National Science Foundation, Rhodes, Truman and Siebel Scholarships. Throughout their careers, alumni forge frontiers as nationally recognized scientists, entrepreneurs, engineers, physicians, information technology experts, military officers and leaders in other fields.
The feature story of this issue of IMSA360 shares more than statistics about our alumni. It profiles individuals who, day in and day out, use their talents to create a better world. Some alumni produce sweeping breakthroughs that impact many citizens, whereas others profoundly impact individuals, one life at a time. While each alumnus has a different story, one theme cuts across all stories—a desire to make a difference.
Excerpt: From the President
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