Lyon College Upward Bound program to visit U.S. Geological Survey

The Lyon College Upward Bound Math-Science program will experience a first when the group visits The U.S. Geological Survey office in Little Rock June 19.

Jiana Stover, director of the Upward Bound program, said she selected the USGS as the destination for this year’s industry tour in an effort to broaden the exposure students have to a variety of career fields within Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology (STEM) and also because her background is in geology and hydrology. 

“We take the students on an industry tour every year where they can meet science professionals and learn how they were hired into their fields. This is our first time going to the USGS. Students will get to tour the office, see testing equipment and talk with a broad range of scientists about the path they took to get their jobs. We’re also going to visit a live stream gage and perform calculations with USGS scientists,” Stover said.

Jim Petersen, chief of the hydrologic investigations program, said the group will visit the stream gage at Rock Creek near 36th Street in Little Rock and will have the opportunity to take measurements to estimate stream flow in the creek. He added that this is the first time the office has worked in collaboration with another federal education program such as Upward Bound.

Stover said in the past the program has visited other local industries such as FutureFuel Chemical Company, White River Medical Center, and Nordex Wind Turbine Plant (prior to closing) during previous summer tours.

Upward Bound Math-Science is a Federal TRIO Program geared toward serving high school students from low-income or first generation college families succeed in postsecondary education and go on to achieve a college degree. Students apply and enter the program as freshman or sophomore’s in high school. It is a no-cost, summer residential program where high school students will stay at Lyon College’s campus and take core math, science and English classes. Students also receive tutoring and preparation for taking college entrance exams, like the ACT. During the summer, they will work with college professors and other local professionals to perform exciting research on topics such as wild caves (speleology), freshwater ecology, genetics, biofuels, robotics, and much more. Students produce a paper summarizing their findings.

“This program will expose students to a variety of experiences, from cultural to educational, that will give them a head start on their next year classes in high school and help build the skills necessary to enter and complete college,” Stover said.

For more information, contact Stover at (870) 307-7183.