Advanced Immersion and Mentoring

The AIM Program

The Advanced Immersion and Mentoring (AIM) program instills within incoming first-year students an increased sense of confidence and belonging.

AIM Summer Scholars participate in a fully-funded five-week experience on campus before classes start, exclusively for entering first-year students from widely diverse backgrounds. Last year, students were offered options in five areas of research in a variety of disciplines and areas of study: STEM; Archaeology; Journalism and Mass Communications; Theater, Dance, and Film Studies; Experiential Learning and Related Personal Development. AIM Scholars:

  • Work with faculty and peer mentors in active and ongoing research or collaborate on an exciting new project in a specific discipline
  • Engage in discussions and activities related to leadership education, careers and professional development, volunteerism, and the transition to college
  • Live on campus with other AIM Scholars and upper-division students serving as resident advisers
  • Receive a $350 weekly stipend (totaling $1,750) with housing, meals and most travel expenses paid
  • Enjoy life on and around campus!

In addition, AIM Scholars work on a personal reflection, addressing the value of the experience and how it may translate into their college years. Scholars present personal reflections to their peers and mentors at the end of the five weeks, alongside an overview of each scholar's academic work and experiences working in groups.

AIM Program applications open in the spring for first-year enrolling students. The video below shows the ARC program, the predecessor of the AIM program and highlights students participating in lab research.