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Participation Criteria

In order to participate in the AIMS program you must meet the minimum criteria:
  • Resident of Western Kentucky, Northwestern Tennessee, or Eastern Missouri 
    (View target area)
  • Applicant must be enrolled in the 9th, 10th, or 11th grade and have completed Algebra I and one year of high school science 
  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a Math/Science GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Six -week commitment during the summer with AIMS
  • Desire to pursue a math or science career in the future
  • Meet U.S. Department of Education guidelines for taxable income and/or be a first generation college student (neither parent has a 4 year college degree)
  • Recommendation indicating high potential for post-secondary success from each of the following:
    • School Counselor
    • Math Teacher
    • Science Teacher
  • Interview in person or by phone with applicant and parents
  • Release and consent forms for academic and medical information
  • Application Essay

Academic Component
Those participants who have successfully completed the summer program will be contacted periodically by phone calls, visits, e-mail, and a monthly newsletter to monitor their progress in school. They will also be invited to Murray State University, an ACT Workshop, Financial Aid Workshop, and College Admissions, Scholarship and Preparation Workshop. Participants are encouraged to return each summer until they graduate, then become a Bridge Student.

Summer Component
Every summer AIMS recruits 100 participants from our target area and invites them to spend six weeks at Murray State University at no cost to the participant. These students will be divided into research teams led by a professor and/or graduate student. Students are enrolled in classes during the day and will participate in nightly activities in their residence halls. 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.

Bridge Component
The bridge component is for participants who have successfully completed at least one summer program 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.

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