Murray State’s AIMS program wins $2.6 M grant

The University’s Adventures in Math and Science (AIMS) program, which recruits high school students to participate in areas focusing on math and science, was awarded a five-year grant worth $2,625,000.

Murray State is one of more than 700 applicants that submitted proposals to the U.S. Department of Education Upward Bound Math and Science program. AIMS received two of the 109 awards distributed.

AIMS director, Dorris Clark-Sarr said most of the grant money will fund AIMS workshops, college tours and research projects which take place throughout the academic year and summer.

“We received two Upward Bound Math and Science Grants from the US Department of Education Federal TRIO Programs Division,” said Clark-Sarr. “They were each worth $262,500 per year for five years for each grant to serve 63 students per grant.”

The U.S. Department of Education Upward Bound Math and Science program is one of eight in the federal TRIO programs, which are designed to provide student services to assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities. TRIO programs encourage students to progress from middle school to post-baccalaureate study and AIMS specifically strengthens the math and science skills of the participating students.

Throughout the academic year and summer programs, AIMS encourages and helps students recognize their potential to excel in math and science through workshops. The workshops address topics such as financial aid, test taking, financial literacy and motivation.

The summer programs benefit high school students, because it allows them to spend time visiting and familiarizing themselves with the campus while attending their intensive math and science research-based classes.

The AIMS staff also helps students with college entrance exams and assists them through the entire college admission process.

AIMS is also active on the internet as they provide online tutoring, a monthly newsletter, social networking and regular communication with the students.

In order to help high school seniors transition into college, AIMS gives them the opportunity to enroll in ‘The Bridge’ summer program. The program provides students with the opportunity to take courses in which they can attain college credit. AIMS encourages students to recognize their potential in math and science and to pursue a degree in one or both of the subjects.

Written by Alex Berg, Staff writer.