Adventures in Math and Science (AIMS)

AIMS Space Center

What is AIMS?

AIMS is an Upward Bound Math and Science program, 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 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:

Upward Bound Math and Science (AIMS) currently serves 126 students, who are identified as income-eligible and/or first-generation, by guidelines determined by the U. S. Department of Education. These students come from high schools within Western Kentucky, Northwest Tennessee, and Southeast Missouri.

  • 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 - Tiptonville, 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*

*No new participants will be selected from this school during the 2017 - 2021 grant cycle.


Participation Criteria

To participate in Upward Bound Math and Science (AIMS), each potential participant must:

  • Be a resident of on of the target schools of the program
  • 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 a six-week Summer Component 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 that includes:
    • Release and consent forms for academic and medical information
    • A statement of academic and career interests
    • Commitment Contract
    • Recommendations indicating high potential for post-secondary success from each of the following
      • School Counselor
      • Math Teacher
      • Science Teacher
  • 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 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.


Students participating in the Summer Component are part of a six-week academic program that focuses on:

  • Pre-assignments that are completed before the on-campus portion of the program
  • Financial literacy, foreign language, and ACT preparation
  • Cultural and travel experiences that help to enrich student experiences and learning
  • Science, mathematics, and language arts courses with an emphasis on:
    • strengthening science skills through hands-on learning and science research led by a professor and/or graduate student
    • improving language arts and mathematics skills, in order to support developing science skills
    • computer coding

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


College credit is offered to eligible AIMS graduates before entering their freshman year of college through an application process that includes admission to Murray State University, FAFSA completion, and both MSU and AIMS Orientation programs.



Contact Us:

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

or visit our Staff page to contact a specific individual.

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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 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.