Privacy Policy

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

We ask for your name and email address so we can respond to your message.

Account Registration

We collect contact, demographic, professional, and educational information during the account registration process. This information is used to facilitate the application and registration process for IMSI events, to inform the evaluation of IMSI programming, and to fulfill NSF reporting requirements.


If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Application and Registration Forms

We collect information related to your participation in IMSI events and programs.

Newsletter Subscription

Information collected in the process of initiating a subscription to our newsletter is used to send you the IMSI newsletter and tailor information to your interests.

Who we share your data with

If you participate in an IMSI program or event, your professional and demographic information will be shared with the National Science Foundation. Your information may also be shared with our external evaluator East Main Evaluation & Consulting.

How long we retain your data

For users that register on our website, your data is retained for as long as you have an active account. Information related to your participation in IMSI programming is retained indefinitely.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.