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Our 2016 Summer Session will run from weekdays June 27th – July 22nd (excluding July 4th), from 10am to 5pm.

Our overview calendar is available, as is our Frequently Asked Questions for Admitted Students document for more information.

Summer 2016 theme:

What will Scholars do this summer?

Through a variety of exciting STEM projects and community engagement collaborations, Scholars will learn, serve, and lead together.

Week 1: Design Thinking & Team Building:

Scholars will participate in a design thinking workshop. This workshop will introduce students to the iterative design process, requiring them to define a problem, understand users, and collaborate to prototype and propose solutions. From developing their Innovation Projects to working on college applications, Scholars will regularly use this innovative framework throughout their two years in the program.

Scholars additionally will go on a field trip to Iron Oaks Learning Center to participate in their team-building course in order to build trust and support, encourage effective communication, and develop teamwork skills.


Week 2: Project Challenges & Issue Forums:

Project Challenges are problem-centered classroom projects, modeled on a real-world situation, that require students to collaborate, innovate, and present their work to their peers. Some of the issues and challenges we will address this summer relate to:

  • Sustainable Food Systems and Consumer Decisions
  • Global Resources and Negotiations
  • Demystifying the Financial System

Week 3 & 4: Serving through STEM (StS) Projects:

During Weeks 3-4 of our summer program, each Scholar will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a Serving through STEM (StS) Project, which will give Scholars valuable experience contributing to a real-world project. Curriculum for StS Projects has been developed in collaboration with IIT’s Institute of Design, and culminates in a product pitch opportunity, where Scholars present potential solutions to issues posed by partner companies and organizations. StS projects will take place during the regular program day (over six days), but each has its own unique schedule and field trips as well as a different assignment to complete for a real stakeholder. These projects are offered in partnership with faculty members, research centers, and organizations, with Program Staff serving as facilitators.

2016 StS Partners:



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Summer 2015 Program Team

Manoj Varma Penmathsa – Communications Assistant

Manoj is an undergraduate student at IIT pursuing Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering. Manoj is a member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers), a professional engineering organization. He worked as a leader for Quadcopter project sponsored by IEEE, and as IPRO coordinator at Ufarm IIT in the past. Manoj was also a student life leader at IIT working as a peer mentor with Office of Campus Life for the past two years, where he helped first year students with their transition to life at IIT. He likes going on adventures, climbing, camping, travelling, and meeting new people. He is an avid rock climber. In his free time, you can find him climbing mountains or training in the gym. Manoj joined the Global Leaders team in February of 2015 as Communications Assistant.

IMG_4101 (1)Melanie Standish- Program Operations Assistant

Melanie is a fourth year Psychology Major with a minor in Business at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Melanie has an interest in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and has a passion for leadership development.  She has worked with several professors across Illinois Tech supporting psychology research in areas such as social and health psychology, organizational identification, and leadership and social networks. Melanie will be taking her studies to the University College Cork this fall, where she will study abroad for a semester in Ireland. At Illinois Tech, Melanie has served as the student Union Board president, led orientation as a SOAR leader, and has been a student athlete for the Women’s Soccer team, and this year, the Women’s Track & Field team. Outside of leadership on campus, Melanie spends her time running, and enjoys musicals and theater productions on Broadway in Chicago. She describes herself as a leadership nerd, smiling enthusiast, and a run-happy human being. Melanie is really excited to join the Global Leaders Program this summer, and is ready to help students discover their leadership potential!

Program Instructors:

Alma Valenzuela is a third year Aerospace Engineering major at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is fromIMG_4098 (1) the Southeast side of Chicago and attended Jones College Prep. Alma developed an interest in math and science after taking physics her freshman year of high school. In 2012, she participated in the Global Leaders Program to learn more about STEM and to see what she could do with her interest in math and science. Through the various activities, lectures, field trips, and projects that the Global Leaders Program had to offer, Alma realized that engineering was the career path for her. As a program instructor now, Alma’s goal is to help scholars acknowledge their interests and strengths, and help guide them into their ideal major. Alma believes that it is important for students to study what they are interested and passionate about so that they can truly make a difference in the world. She is very excited to work with the scholars this summer and overall wants to have a fun time! Aside from school, Alma works in retail downtown. On her free time she loves spending time with friends, going to museums, drinking coffee, shopping, going out to eat, and exploring the city.

IMG_4096 (2)Amal Mir is a rising sophomore at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a minor in Political Science. She is a pre-law student aspiring to study public international law. At U of I Amal is  a member of the Society of Women Engineers, and a board member of UMMA (United Muslims Moving Ahead), an organization dedicated to building a community that addresses political, global, and sociocultural issues which promotes a comprehensive understanding of the world around us. In high school she was thoroughly involved in Model United Nations throughout, and was Director of the United States Senate for UIUC’s own student run MUN conference for high school students. A former Scholar, Amal wants to use this opportunity as a Program Instructor to inspire young women the same way her former instructors inspired her: by encouraging females to step out of their comfort zones, to ask curious questions, and to enthusiastically take on challenges within STEM, politics, and beyond. Amal enjoys cooking, reading political satire pieces, and playing volleyball.

IMG_4099 (1)Gabbi Henderson is a rising junior at Illinois Institute of Technology pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering. She previously served as a Program Intern during the summer of 2015 and as a Community Innovation Project Mentor during the 2015-2016 academic year. Now she’s back at it again this summer as a Program Instructor! Her hobbies include: dance of various genres, practicing holistic Eastern medicine and anything hedgehog related!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

IMG_4116 (1)Nathan Bahadursingh a rising second year undergraduate at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He is originally from Toronto, Ontario, but lived in Chicago for the majority of his life. Nathan is an Urban Systems major. He is very interested in studying the world’s varying urban environments and the urban processes that shape them. Nathan hopes to study and ultimately develop ways in which to create better, more sustainable urban infrastructures in areas that lack the needed economic and political resources. He participated in the IIT Boeing Scholars Program as a rising junior in high school where he and a group of other students developed a Leadership Grant Project, Use Leads To Abuse (U.L.T.A), which focused on informing youth about the risks of using drugs. Aside from academics, Nathan’s hobbies include listening to and discovering new music, playing soccer, and trying new cuisines from different cultures. He is very excited to meet and interact with the scholars this summer, and aims to be a positive role model for them.

IMG_4113 (1)Nate Brown is excited to start his first year at Northwestern University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in Human Communication Sciences and Disorders. He is especially passionate about providing necessary healthcare and education to the differently abled community. As a former scholar, Nate hopes to apply the things he learned on campus to enrich the experience for each of the current scholars and help guide them through the often confusing but amazing things that are coming up! Nate enjoys spending his free time reading, jamming the piano, writing, playing volleyball, and getting involved with local theater.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

IMG_4107 (1)Shameemah Fuseini-Codjoe is a Sophomore at Illinois Institute of Technology pursuing a bachelors and masters in Information Technology.  She is from Ghana, a small country in West Africa, where she lived for 18 years before moving to the USA for college. Shameemah graduated from SOS Hermann Gmeiner International College in 2014, where she was awarded the Zonta award for Young Women in Public Affairs. She was also an active member of the Junior Rotary club and the Pan-African Club. Currently, Shameemah is an active member and the past vice-president of the African Student organization.  She is passionate about learning about new cultures, engaging in community service, and meeting new people. In her free time, Shameemah paints and works as a freelance Graphic Designer. In the future, she hopes to move back home to start a project that teaches young people around the African continent how to code.                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Program Interns:

IMG_4108 (1)Alexis Jaya Hutchinson  is a second year student at Washington University in St. Louis from the Southside of Chicago. She is currently double majoring in English Literature and Environmental Policy with a minor in History. She plans to pursue a career in creative writing or fashion journalism, but because they are difficult fields to infiltrate, her back-up plan is to attend law school. Nevertheless, she still works towards her goal by desiring to obtain a Nobel Prize in Literature by the age of 35. Aside from her education, Alexis is quite involved in other activities. At home, she volunteers at the elementary school her mother teaches at. At WashU, she is a current member of Lambda Sigma National Honorary and Vice President of Mentees and Reading Instructor of Learning to Live, an initiative to push St. Louis students towards a proper education. She has written material for Armour, the campus’s culture magazine, and she has also written for Student Life, WashU’s student run newspaper. More recently, she was published on Blavity, a Black culture blog, and she will continue to submit material to them. Although she seems like a handful, Alexis is a passionate, kind, and caring young woman who is every excited to work with GLP!

IMG_4105 (1)Shiza Jeewa is an undergraduate student at Dartmouth College. After completing her freshman year there, she is looking forward to taking more English and religion classes as subjects of possible majors. She is also on the pre-med track, hoping to one day attend medical school. At Dartmouth she is a part of the Collis Governing Board, a college organization meant to distribute funds and allocate resources to creating a healthy and fun student social life. Shiza joined the Global Leaders Program because of her past experience as an IIT Boeing Scholar and her desire to help ease Scholars’ stresses about the unknowns of the college process through her role as College Access Intern. Due to her unique role as an immigrant, she hopes to one day help all students that are exceptions to the standard college process.