AIMS is an Upward Bound Math and Science program that is part of the TRIO programs, federally funded by the United States Department of Education. Our host institution is Murray State University, and we are located within the Division of Student Affairs. Our primary goal is to recruit 126 high school students to participate in Summer component and Academic year component.
Those participants who have successfully completed the summer program will be contacted periodically by phone calls, monthly school visits, e-mail, and a monthly newsletter to monitor their progress in school. They will also be invited to Murray State University for workshops pertaining to ACT test taking, financial aid and scholarships, college admissions, and financial literacy. Educational and cultural trips are offered during the academic component at no cost to the participant.
Every summer AIMS recruits 126 participants from our target area and invites them to participate in two four- week components. The first four weeks are off-site and consist of pre-summer assignments and research beginning in late April while the last four weeks are held on the campus of Murray State University, at no cost to the participant, other than transportation to the campus.
Students are enrolled in classes during the day and will participate in nightly activities in their residence halls.These students will be divided into research teams led by a professor and/or graduate student. Each team will choose a research project to complete, and present to his/her peers, parents and invited guests at the end of the year science symposium. At the end of the summer program, students and staff take a trip to a major U.S. city.Participants are encouraged to return each summer until they graduate, then become a Bridge student.
The AIMS Bridge Program is designed to assist seniors as they transition from high school to college. During the academic year, Bridge participants attend workshops that offer assistance with financial aid, the college application process, financial literacy, the scholarship application process, etc. The culmination of the Bridge component is receiving 6-8 hours of course credit (2 classes) at Murray State University during the summer session (course credits are transferable to most public universities). Bridge participants successfully complete the Murray State University admissions process, Federal Application For Student Aid, and meet the Bridge requirements.
The Bridge program is designed to give participants a preview of what college life has in store and the AIMS staff is available to offer assistance in tutoring, counseling, and advising. The Bridge program also offers several trips and events specifically designed for its participants. At the end of the summer, the top two students may be awarded a $500 scholarship to attend Murray State University.
High Schools Serviced by MSU AIMS
Fulton City High School - Fulton, KY
Fulton County High School - Hickman, KY
Hickman County High School - Clinton, KY
Union City High School - Union City, TN
Lake County High School - Tiptonville, TN
Paducah Tilghman High School - Paducah, KY
McCracken County High School - Paducah, KY
New Madrid County High School - New Madrid, MO
Big Sandy High School - Big Sandy, TN
Important note: If you are currently enrolled in AIMS but do not see your school listed, please know that all currently enrolled AIMS students will be "grandfathered in" and will still be eligible to participate in the program.
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AIMS is a part of Upward Bound which is a TRIO program funded by the United States Department of Education. It is located within the division of Student Affairs at Murray State University. AIMS does not discriminate on the basis or race, national origin, sex, religion, or disability in the provision of services, educational programs and activities. AIMS provides, upon request, reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in all programs and activities. The administration maintains an open door policy for any student who feels subjection to racial harassment or discrimination. Students are urged to contact the Office of Student Affairs, Wells Hall or the Office of Equal Opportunity, Wells Hall.