The four-year AIMS program begins with an intense, five-week residential summer program primarily stressing mathematics before students matriculate to the university. They then attend special, graded AIMS seminars the first year, participate in undergraduate research, are mentored by faculty, and may receive preparation for the Graduate Record Exam and the Medical College Admission Test. Starting their first academic year, students are awarded a 4-year academic scholarship of $1,500 that increases annually by $500 increments if one remains in good academic standing. The program has seen significant impact on retention and academic success.
Level 3 – As compared to control groups, AIMS Scholars demonstrate higher frequencies of good academic standing (i.e., obtain 3.0 or higher GPA’s) their first semester of college, are more likely to remain in STEM-related disciplines throughout college, are less likely to leave BGSU, progress faster toward graduation, and have higher graduation rates.
An understanding of the improved grades, retention, and graduation rates of STEM majors at the Academic Investment in Math and Science (AIMS) program of Bowling Green State University (2007): Empirical article published in the Journal of STEM Education (available online).