The University of Texas at Arlington has been awarded a grant from the United States Department of Education to conduct an Upward Bound Math & Science Center. The UT Arlington Upward Bound Math & Science Center provides to the eligible students the assistance necessary to strengthen their math and science education and assist them in demonstrating competencies in the subject areas required for graduation and success in MSE. The objectives of the program are designed to meet the specific needs of each individual participant. Assistance to the students is provided through the continual academic year activities and the academically intensive six week summer residential component on the UT Arlington campus. Through out the year, students participate in highly motivating math, science and engineering activities during the Academic Year component and Summer Residential component.
The Academic Year component will focus on academic instruction/tutorials for all participants on the state mandated assessment tests to ensure passage of participants by the exit level. The curriculum includes activities designed to further the development of each participant by keeping them engaged and focused on their individual College to Career Portfolio. Each participant will have a progress plan created to help generate academic skills and motivation necessary to prepare program participants to receive a score of proficiency in subjects in preparation for college enrollment.
The Summer Residential component has a balanced curriculum (for entering 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders) of classes in Algebra 1 up to Statistics, Composition, Biology through advanced science classes with labs, computer science, language and literature, foreign language, research, student success services, and college and career planning. Other areas include individual and group counseling, academic tutorials, career & academic counseling, cultural and social activities, workshops and experiences with faculty and mentors relating to research in the MSE fields. Also, field trips for MSE career exploration will take place in the academic and summer components relating to course curriculum, and other activities involve a Mentoring and Bridge program.
What is the cost?It cost participants NOTHING to attend the academic year or summer component program activities. Covered expenses include round trip transportation to and from home, housing, meals, and field trips. In addition, a weekly stipend is given for student participation in all activities during the summer component and monthly during the academic year. Participants are also eligible for a scholarship if they return to UT Arlington for undergraduate studies following high school graduation.
Eligibility is based on the following:
- Meet the U.S. Department of Education requirements of low-income and/or first generation family status.
- Student in 9th, 10th, or 11th grade in the fall of the year of applying
- Student has demonstrated an aptitude to succeed in courses of math and science
- Student plans to attend a college or university and pursue a degree in math, science and/or engineering
Is it all classwork?The program offers laboratory and research experiences, computer technology, career development, study skills, and social activities. In addition, participants are exposed to scientific and career related facilities.
In order to apply follow this link for the Application.