Adventures in Math and Science (AIMS)

AIMS Space Center

What is AIMS?

The AIMS Program is Murray State University's version of Upward Bound Math and Science which is a part of the eight federal TRiO programs. It is funded by the United States Department of Education and located within the Division of Student Affairs at Murray State.

Purpose and Goals of the program:

  • to prepare high school students for post-secondary education programs that lead to careers in the fields of math and science.
  • to strengthen the math and science skills of participating students.
  • to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science.
  • to encourage students to pursue post-secondary degrees in math and science.
  • to inspire students to pursue careers in the math and science profession.

Objectives of the Program

  • To instill a positive attitude towards learning while preparing students for post-secondary education.
  • To increase a student’s ability to relate to their peer group by development of a sense of personal worth.
  • To expose the students to new academic, social, and cultural learning experiences.
  • To provide, when necessary, remedial help to each individual student.
  • To help students increase their understanding of, and ability to cope with, their environment.

Who we serve:

The AIMS Program currently serves 126 students. Students served are ones who fall within the Low-income and/or “First-generation” guidelines determined by the Department of Education. These students come from areas within Western Kentucky, Northwest Tennessee, and Southeast Missouri.

  • In Kentucky, we serve Hickman County, Fulton County, McCracken County, Graves County, and Christian County.
  • In Tennessee, we serve Lake County, Obion County, and Benton County.
  • In Missouri, our target area is New Madrid County.

High Schools Serviced

  • Big Sandy High School - Big Sandy, TN
  • Christian County High School - Hopkinsville, KY
  • Fulton City High School - Fulton, KY
  • Fulton County High School -Hickman, KY
  • Hickman County High School -Clinton, KY
  • Lake County High School - Union City, TN
  • Mayfield High School - Mayfield, KY
  • New Madrid County Central High School - New Madrid, MO
  • Paducah Tilghman High School - Paducah, KY
  • *McCracken County High School - Paducah, KY*
  • *Union City High School -Union City, TN*

*Current participants from these schools will be served by the grant.

However, these schools were not included in the 2017-2021 grant proposal. So, no new students will be recruited or added to the participant list from these schools.

Participation Criteria

To participate in the AIMS program, each potential participant must:

  • Be a resident of Western Kentucky, Northwestern Tennessee, or Eastern Missouri (View target area)
  • Be enrolled in the 9th, 10th, or 11th grade and have completed Algebra I and one year of high school science
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a Math/Science GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Commit to two four-week components for the summer program (first four weeks are off-site; second are on the Murray State campus)
  • 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 potential first-generation college student
  • Submit a completed application to the AIMS office postmarked by the deadline and includes:
    • Release and consent forms for academic and medical information
    • A statement of academic and career interests
    • Recommendations indicating high potential for post-secondary success from each of the following
      • School Counselor
      • Math Teacher
      • Science Teacher

Why take part?

  • AIMS graduates have been accepted at a wide variety of post-secondary institutions and various branches of the military.
  • From the time of acceptance, Students are served during both the academic year and the summer until graduation from high school.
  • Upon graduation, student progress is tracked for six years until completion of college.

Students participating in the Academic Component are offered:

  • tutoring services
  • career counseling
  • college admission counseling
  • college tours
  • cultural activities
  • FAFSA/financial literacy counseling
  • ACT/SAT Test Taking Skills workshops
  • service learning opportunities
  • mentoring and peer mentoring opportunities
  • and much more.

    Parent involvement is strongly encouraged during the academic year to help motivate students and keep them on a clear career path.

Students participating in the Summer Component are part of two four-week components.

  • The first four weeks are off-site and consist of pre-summer assignments and research beginning in late April.
  • The last four weeks are held on the campus of MSU at no cost to the participant, other than transportation.
    • During these four weeks, students:
      • are divided into research teams led by a professor and/or graduate student.
      • are enrolled in classes during the day and take part in nightly activities.
      • take a trip to a major U.S. city for a mobile classroom experience at the end of the summer program.

College credit is offered by AIMS through Murray State University to AIMS Bridge Students (eligible seniors) through an application process, workshop series, and FAFSA completion and awards.

Parents and guests are invited to an end-of-the-summer Closing Symposium, and the students present what they have learned throughout the summer.

Go Ahead and Apply:

The application packet contains all the necessary forms and paperwork to apply to the AIMS program.

Only complete packets will be reviewed. 

AIMS Application 

Deadline:  February 16, 2018

You can also see your school counselor who can print it for you if needed.

Contact Us:

Adventures in
Math & Science
240 Blackburn Science Building
Fax: 270.809.4351

or visit our Staff page to contact a specific individual.

Want more info?

Visit our Resources Page and click on the TRiO Links at the bottom.


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 of race, national origin, sex, religion, or disability in the provision of services, educational programs, and activities. AIMS will provide, upon request, reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities and 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. These students are urged to contact the Office of Student Affairs or the Office of Institutional Diversity,Equity,and Access, both of which are located in Wells Hall.