Adventures in Math and Science (AIMS)

AIMS Space CenterThe Murray State University Adventures in Math & Science (AIMS) Program, also known as the Upward Bound Math and Science Program 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 and provide assistance for 126 high school students to participate in the program. These students must fall within need-based and/or “first-generation” guidelines deter-mined by the Department of Education. A “first-generation” student is one whose parents have not obtained a four-year degree from a college.

The AIMS Program serves 126 students from western Kentucky, northwest Tennessee and southeast Missouri. Students are served during the academic year as well as during the summer from the time they are accepted into the program until graduation from high school. Upon graduation, student progress is tracked 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, 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 divided into research teams led by a professor and/or graduate student, and are enrolled in classes during the day and participate in nightly activities. Parents and guests are invited to an end-of-the-summer Closing Symposium and the students present what they have learned throughout the summer. At the end of the summer program, students and staff take a trip to a major U.S. city for a mobile classroom experience.

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.

As an Upward Bound Math & Science Program (AIMS) student, you should keep in mind the following objectives of the program:

  • To instill in students a positive attitude towards learning while preparing them 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.

High Schools Serviced by Murray State AIMS

  • 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, but 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.


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

TRiO Links

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 Institutional Diversity,Equity,and Access, Wells Hall.