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ANR Institute for Multicultural Students (AIMS)

What is AIMS?

The ANR Institute for Multicultural Students (AIMS) is a one-week program sponsored by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at Michigan State University (MSU). AIMS is designed to give high school students broad exposure to the food and agricultural sciences, natural resources and related fields.

A career in agriculture or natural resources involves a lot more than farming. There are a wide variety of educational and career opportunities in the food and agricultural sciences, agricultural engineering, environmental and natural resources management as well as other areas including environmental science, agribusiness, and agriculture education. Many high school students are not aware of these opportunities.

Who can participate in AIMS?  

High school students, in 9th through 11th grades, can participate in AIMS. Most of our student participants are previously unfamiliar with the broad and diverse fields involved in agriculture and natural resources industries. They are open-minded and interested in learning about these new and different areas.

Students are selected for AIMS based on interest and academic performance in high school. They are known by their teachers and counselors as students who are interested in science, math, business or related areas.

As an AIMS participant, what will I do?

You will participate in demonstrations, tours, and other hands-on activities designed to give a sampling of what the agriculture and natural resources has to offer. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a number of other educational, cultural and social activities. During your week on campus, you and other AIMS participants will join with students from the Multicultural Apprenticeship Program (MAP) for evening leadership seminars and social activities. Students from both programs live in the University residence halls and have meals in the dining halls with students from other summer programs.

How much does AIMS cost?

Students participate in AIMS free of charge. The program is supported by the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and a number of other public and private agencies and corporations. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the MSU campus.

When does the program begin?

The program begins the second week of July.

How do I apply for AIMS?

To apply for AIMS, you should submit the following completed items:

  1. AIMS student application
  2. Essay questions
  3. An official transcript (including classes in progress)
  4. One letter of recommendation form

Applications are available for downloading, via email or phone. If you plan to download the application, please make sure your computer has Adobe. If requesting an application by email, please place in the subject heading of your email “Requesting AIMS Application” and include your name, email address and mailing address in the body of the email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) . If requesting an application by phone, please call 517-353-1835 and inform the CANR representative that you would like to request an AIMS application.

The deadline for applications is March 28, 2014. Notifications – acceptance or denial – will be made by mid-May.  

Download an AIMS application

Please send all materials to:

Director of Undergraduate Diversity
446 West Circle Drive, 121
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824