Upward Bound Math-Science
Upward Bound Math-Science Staff work with eligible high school students to help them gain the academic skills, self confidence and motivation needed to successfully complete high school and pursue a college degree. UBMS is especially interested in serving students who wish to strengthen their academic preparation in mathematics and science.
There is no cost to students to participate - all expenses for participants are paid by Upward Bound Math-Science through funding from the U.S. Department of Education, including room and board, classroom supplies and entrance fees and food on field trips.
Students participate in a five week (six weeks for rising seniors) residential Summer Session and also commit to attending at least one Saturday Session during the academic year.
The five week residential Summer Session (six weeks for rising seniors) includes:
- Mentored research in a math or science related subject such as biology, chemistry, engineering, computer science or physics;
- ACT preparation (all content areas);
- Tutoring as needed in core subject areas;
- Choice of one elective class from art, history or a foreign language (These are different from traditional high school classes and include more student discussion and participation.);
- Field trips to area businesses that employ professionals in math/science related careers;
- Cultural enrichment - students visit museums, theaters, ethnic restaurants and other attractions in places such as Little Rock, Memphis, and Heber Springs;
- A three-day field trip to a regional city for cultural and recreational activities;
- Room and board while residing on the Lyon College campus; and
- $15 per week stipend for students in good standing.
An additional week of special activities is provided to students the summer before they begin their senior year, including: special speakers; a campus visit to a four year college; individual academic and career advising; workshops on college and financial, and on topics such as study skills, personal time management, goal setting and leadership; and cultural and recreational field trips.
Each student completes an individualized schedule of activities during the academic year that includes:
- Enrolling in recommended high school classes;
- Taking the ACT (UBMS pays the registration fee);
- Participating in extra-curricular activities in their school or community to develop leadership skills;
- Researching colleges of interest; and
- Completing a supervised research activity (usually done in conjunction with regular high school coursework).