UTEP Upward Bound Math Science
The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Upward Bound Math Science (UBMS) program is a newly implemented outreach program that works with high school students to further cultivate their interest in math and science, as well as provide the necessary support to prepare students to pursue and achieve postsecondary degrees in those subjects.
As a part of the federally funded group of TRIO programs, UBMS functions to prepare low-income, first-generation college bound students for success in higher education. The program will serve 60 students from the following target high schools:
- Fabens High School
- San Elizario High School
- Tornillo High School
All program services are free to students, who also receive a small stipend for their participation.
Services & Activities
Students are offered a wide variety of activities and services that work to support students’ progression and success in high school and college preparation. Services provided by the UBMS program are based on the UTEP campus and span over the academic year (fall – spring) and during a six–week summer program. Students participate in both the academic year and summer components upon entry into the program until their high school graduation.
UBMS strives to make pursuing a college degree in math and science more accessible and achievable by strengthening students’ skills in both subjects. Students receive expanded access to on-campus science and math departments and labs at UTEP, as well as participation in related workshops, courses, and hands-on activities, deepening their exposure to STEM-related (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields of study.
Other services provided by the program also include:
- Exposure to academic programs and cultural events
- Instruction in reading, writing, study skills, and other subjects necessary for success in education beyond high school
- Academic, financial literacy, or personal counseling
- Access to tutoring services
- Participation in mentoring programs
- Information on postsecondary education opportunities
- Assistance in preparing for and completing college entrance exams
- Information on the full range of Federal Student Financial Aid programs and benefits
- Assistance with completing financial aid applications
- Guidance on how to find and apply for scholarships
- College campus tours and visits
Future program goals include establishing a work-study program in which students act as research assistants, shadowing UTEP faculty and researchers in their labs on the UTEP campus.