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Adventures in Math & Science (AIMS)

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Adventures in Math & Science

240 Blackburn Science Building

Phone: (270)809-5429

Fax: (270)809-4351

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.
AIMS offers free college credit through Murray State University (Bridge Students), financial aid/financial literacy counseling, ACT workshops, and plenty of educational and cultural trips. All of this is offered at no cost to the participants. 

Summer Program
AIMS serves approximately 126 students from Western Kentucky, Northwestern Tennessee and Eastern Missouri. These students participate in a six-week residential program on the campus of Murray State University, at no cost to the participant, other than transportation to the campus. Students are divided into research teams led by a professor and/or graduate student. Students are enrolled in classes during the day and participate in nightly activities. Parents and guests are invited to an end-of-the-summer banquet/symposium. At the end of the summer program, students and staff take a week long trip to a major U.S. city.

Summer Program Follow-Up

Participants who have successfully completed the summer program will be contacted periodically by phone calls, visits, e-mails, and monthly newsletters to monitor their progress in school. They will also be invited to participate in Financial Aid, ACT, College Admissions, Scholarships and Math/Science research competitions on the campus of Murray State University.


Bridge Component

The Bridge component is for participants who have successfully completed at least one summer AIMS program year prior to entering the 12th grade. During the summer program bridge students enroll in six hours of college level courses at Murray State University. Fees are covered by AIMS. 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, Ky.

Lake County High School - Tiptonville, Tenn.

Paducah Tilghman High School - Paducah, Ky.

Lone Oak High School - Paducah, Ky.

New Madrid County High School - New Madrid, Mo.

Big Sandy High School - Big Sandy, Tenn.

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, Orwady Hall or the Office of Equal Opportunity, Wells Hall.

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