PSIL highlights

  • The PSIL '20 family

    The PSIL '20 Family!

    Staff and participants of PSIL '20

  • PSIL Harvard team with CM Biren

    H-team with CM Biren (PSIL '20)

  • Foldscopes

    Foldscopes (PSIL '20)

    Nurturing curiosity - a foldscope for every student

  • Floating hut - Loktak lake

    Floating hut - Loktak lake

    The PSIL team enjoyed an overnight stay in a floating hut, courtesy of Armstrong Pame and the Globals Shapers (Imphal)!

  • Teacher info panel

    Teacher info panel (PSIL '19)

    Open Q&A with the Harvard teachers

  • Armstrong and the Global Shapers

    An evening with IAS officer Armstrong Pame and the Global Shapers

  • PSIL '19 team

    Team PSIL '19

    Allison, Ellen, Dominic, Chris Li, Sam Kessler (Team Harvard) Steffi, Kunjarani, Manju, Jyosita, Diana (Team Imphal)

  • PSIL '19 family

    PSIL '19 family

    PSIL group photo in front of Don Bosco School, where Dr. Dominic Mao received his early education.

  • Emoinu Group

    Special guests of Dr. RK Nimai for the Emoinu festival celebration

Director's welcome

DMaoScience is not only for scientists and engineers, but permeates all of our lives. The methodology can be applied to virtually every academic and career pursuit (or even tasks in our everday lives, for example - consuming the news). PSIL emphasizes and demonstrates this by delivering a curriculum that has the scientific method as its foundation with the goal of  holistic development. PSIL welcomes students from all academic fields (the more diverse the better!) and the only prerequisite to apply is proficiency in English. 

I was born in Imphal, Manipur and lived there for 16 years. Through PSIL, I aim to share with the students of Manipur one of Harvard's most valuable resource - some of its best minds. I was lucky to have many great mentors during my formative years and the best way to pay it forward is by establishing this program to bring some excellent mentors from Harvard to Manipur! 

PSIL '19 was conducted in Don Bosco Chingmeirong from Jan 15-19 and thanks to the efforts of many individuals, it was a huge success! A unanimous comment from the feedback we received from the participants was that they wished the program was longer. We are happy to announce that PSIL '20 will be a residential program at St. Paul's retreat house in Mantripukhri from Jan 14-18! This will allow us to make the curriculum more intensive and spend more time with the students. We have partnered with Bosco Mangaal, the social service wing of Don Bosco, who will be taking care of logistics and also serve as Residential Superintendents.


Dominic Mao, PhD (Lecturer, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard)


Applications for PSIL '20 are now open! 

PSIL 20 Poster