Sofie Rhoads

Sofie was cool, calm, and collected throughout her two weeks with us at SISE - which is no simple task, given how intense the program can be. We're so glad we could have her with us at SISE this summer, and that she'll forever be one of the #bestnerdsonearth.

She kindly shared her thoughts on SISE through Facebook.

You can find out more about Sofie here. We can't wait to see what's in store for her next.



Sometime during my spring transportation and land use class, we had a guest lecture from the university’s Office of Sustainability. After the lecture, I checked out the department’s website and saw a link for the Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy. When I read the program description and this year’s focus on transportation, I knew I had to apply.

SISE was exactly the opportunity I was looking for and it did not disappoint. Although the days were long, they were filled with engaging lectures from experts in business and research, as well as field trips to Argonne National Laboratory and other research facilities. While the programming was interesting, my favorite part of SISE was meeting the other participants and benefiting from their diversity.

The students at SISE came from across the United States - and the world - and studied many different subjects. I think this diversity and the differing areas of expertise allowed SISE participants to produce excellent research projects with some unique ideas for the community of North Lawndale.

I would highly recommend SISE to anyone who is interested in spending two weeks of their summer in a fast-paced, intellectual environment that provides an extremely generous support package. The program gave me experiences I’d never have had otherwise with people I never would have met, and I’m already looking forward to the next time we see each other.

(Sofie Rhoads, Facebook message, September 2017)