SITE Interns

SITE: Summer Internships for Tomorrow’s Educators

SITE – Summer Internships for Tomorrow’s Educators—provides college education and STEM majors with training, mentorship and support, feedback, and classroom opportunities to teach IMSA-created, hands-on, minds-on  STEM content to students in IMSA’s summer programs.  SITE interns receive IMSA-led training in inquiry-based teaching techniques, material preparation, classroom management, and the elements of successful informal STEM learning. SITE interns  work and teach alongside IMSA curriculum specialists and IMSA high school students who are part of the ALLIES program, a STEM leadership and teacher development program for high school students.

 Samantha Miller

Sam Miller

Sam is a rising senior at St. Ambrose University where she is majoring in Secondary Math Education with an endorsement in STEM and Pre-Speech Pathology. This is actually Sam’s third summer working in the summer programs at IMSA! She started as a summer assistant and then was a SITE intern last year. This year Sam is our Summer Program Team Lead and will be helping to coordinate the work of the SITE interns and summer assistants.

Anna Barannikova


Anna (IMSA Class of 2017) is a rising sophomore at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in where she is pursuing dual degrees in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Anthropology. This is Anna’s fourth summer at IMSA – she was an IMSA Allies student volunteer for two summers and was a summer assistant last year. Anna hopes to be able to pass on her passion for learning to the next generation and, hopefully, spark their interest in entering STEM fields in the future.


Karen Hernandez

karen RKaren is a rising junior at Central Michigan University where she is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in mathematics and secondary certification in ESL. She is looking forward to being part of the IMSA summer team, being in the classroom,  and sharing her love for math and science!



Brianna Piccininni

brianna P.Briana is a Presidential Scholar at Michigan State University, where she is a rising senior majoring in Mathematics Education with a Chemistry minor. Brianna comes from a family of educators and is planning on teaching math at the middle or high school level. She hopes the SITE program will expose her to ways to interact with students and engage them in their learning.



Ellen Royal

Ellen G.Ellen will be a junior at Brown University, where she is pursuing a concentration (major) in Physics with a secondary education certificate. Ellen has experience working with students from preschool through high school and loves teaching math and science concepts. She is looking forward to not only teaching in IMSA’s summer programs but also receiving feedback on her performance to help her grow as an educator.

Justin Shiau

IMG_1623Justin will be a junior at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville where he is in the six-year pharmacy doctorate program and a Provost Scholar. For the past two years he has also served as a supplemental instructor for Organic Chemistry. This will be Justin’s second summer at IMSA—he was a Noyce Foundation funded scholar intern last year. As a result of his experience at IMSA, Justin hopes to eventually teach at the college level.


Pooja Haney – Summer Assistant

PoojaPooja Haney has many years of experience at IMSA! She is a member of the Class of  2006 and has been back on campus with her family (her husband is a Resident Counselor) for this past year. Pooja has an undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois, U-C and a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and worked as a pharmacist before starting her family.