Academic Immersion (AIM)

As announced by the president and provost on Tuesday, April 7, Boston University has cancelled on-campus programming for Summer 2020. The nature of the Academic Immersion: Introduction to Medicine and Creative Writing tracks do not make them feasible options for remote learning. For that reason, we have made the incredibly difficult decision to cancel Introduction to Medicine and Creative Writing this year.

The Academic Immersion: Introduction to Experimental Psychology track will be moving to a remote learning environment.

A 3-week program

Here’s your chance to do a deep dive into a subject that fascinates you. Picture this: three stimulating weeks on campus engaging in intensive study, with classmates who feel just as passionate about a single academic topic as you do. If you’re entering your junior or senior year of high school, we invite you to apply.

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2020 AIM topics

Introduction to Experimental Psychology

AIM: Introduction to Experimental Psychology combines classroom work in the psychological sciences with the experience of conducting research. You will learn to design and carry out your own experiments under the supervision of Boston University instructors.

Introduction to Medicine

AIM: Introduction to Medicine is a premedical program that combines classroom work in the sciences with experiential learning activities that include simulations, lab work, and explorations of different medical fields. This program is offered in partnership with the Department of Medical Sciences & Education at the BU School of Medicine and BU’s College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College.

Creative Writing

AIM: Creative Writing gives you the opportunity to develop your writer’s voice in a supportive, inspiring environment. You will learn formal techniques in multiple genres from seasoned instructors and participate in workshops that build confidence and sharpen skills. You will hear published authors discuss their craft, engage in free-write exercises, and visit important cultural centers around Boston. This exciting track is offered in partnership with BU’s renowned Creative Writing Program.

2020 AIM calendar

Introduction to Experimental Psychology begins July 5
Introduction to Experimental Psychology ends July 24
Introduction to Experimental Medicine and Creative Writing begin July 26
Introduction to Experimental Medicine and Creative Writing end August 14

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The big picture

For three amazing weeks, you will reside in a college dorm in the heart of Boston, make new friends, enjoy lots of planned social activities, and gain valuable, hands-on experience in the field of medicine, psychology, or creative writing.

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If you’re an engaged, motivated high school student who wants to focus intensively on a specific subject for three weeks, AIM is for you. All AIM tracks combine classroom work and theoretical studies with practical applications and experiential activities including field trips, guest speakers, and group projects. In addition to experiencing college life, you’ll gain invaluable insight into potential career paths.

The AIM tracks are residential only and open to rising high school juniors and seniors.

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