About STEM Programs

Our Commitment to the Next Generation

The STEM Programs distinguishes itself by being the only professional development program to offer its curriculum entirely in Spanish to talented young scholars and instructors from low-income and underserved backgrounds.

The Science & Innovation Summer Camp and the Professional Workshop for STEM Instructors Series exposes all of it participants, in equal male: female ratios, to elite one-on-one collaborations with university scientists & researches in a wide range of studies, while simultaneously having the opportunity to exchange their cultural background and further develop their leadership skills in a multi-region setting only the STEM Programs can provide.

Through its local and international programming, the Institute of the Americas is able to encourage and shape students to become scientific leaders in the 21st century.  


Invested in Long-Term Hemispheric Impact

By means of an alumni page and social media, the Institute of the Americas maintains contact with students and educators throughout their enrollment process to university, pursuit of STEM-related careers, and implementation of practical science curriculum.

Many of the 2010 and 2011 Science & Innovation Summer Camp alumni have already been admitted to prestigious universities throughout the hemisphere and are currently pursuing studies in diverse STEM fields.

Proving that commitment to STEM education can surpass any barriers; alumni from the 2015 teacher's workshop continue to construct an interactive science curriculum linking Mexico and Chile in an innovative real time online-virtual classroom session where students from both schools learn together about biology and robotics overcoming distance in their common goal to learn science.

Our Team

Jamal KhokharPresident and CEO
A senior career diplomat with Canadian Foreign Service in the Department of Global Affairs — Canada’s federal ministry responsible for Foreign Affairs, International Trade, and International Development Assistance.
Daniel AlanoInnovation & Entrepeurship Senior Advisor
Daniel Alano is a Senior Advisor at the Institute of the Americas, currently engaged in expanding the Institute`s activities to Brazil
Sherry WhiteSenior Advisor to the President for Strategic Initiatives and Board Secretary
Currently, she is a member of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I &E) Program team working with the I &E Program Vice President to launch new activities and expand existing ones.
Yvette BeltranSTEM Programs Assistant
She has dedicated her professional career to working with organizations that are geared toward youth development and education for underserved communities.

Contact Us

Institute of the Americas
10111 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037 UC San Diego Campus




Institute of the Americas

For over 30 years, the Institute of the Americas has promoted sustainable and inclusive economic growth, productivity, and prosperity in the Americas through public-private sector collaboration, research, training and capacity building.