Upward Bound Math and Science

Upward Bound Math and ScienceThe primary goal of the Upward Bound Math and Science program (UBMS) is to prepare high school students for postsecondary education programs that lead to careers in the fields of math and science. The objectives of the program are academic improvement on standardized tests, project retention, postsecondary enrollment and postsecondary persistence.

The UBMS program will serve 50 high school students in three target areas: Gardner (Gardner High School), Athol (Athol High School) and Winchendon (Murdock Middle/High School), Massachusetts. Two-thirds of the students served will be from low-income and first generation college families and the remaining one-third of students will be either from low-income or first generation college families. Students will have an identified need for services and an interest and capacity to pursue a career in math, science or engineering. Students will be chosen from rising 8th graders, to allow students to receive the maximum level of services available through the UBMS program. However, students can also be chosen from other grade levels as the space in the program and needs and interest of the student are determined.

The structure of the UBMS program includes both an academic year and summer component. The academic year component of the UBMS program will operate from September through May. Participants will meet two Saturdays per month for STEM enrichment activities and field trips. Saturday sessions will include: tutoring, advanced instruction, educational field trips, and lunch. Participants will also meet one evening per week at the MWCC Gardner Campus for individualized and small group tutoring sessions. Students will also have an Educational Specialist available at their High School one day a week for mentoring and academic counseling needs.

The summer component of the UBMS program is a six week residential academic program designed to simulate a college going experience. The summer component will be held at Fitchburg State University, because Mount Wachusett Community College does not have dorms, but considers a residential experience essential. The summer component includes a regular summer program for participants entering 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade and a Bridge summer program for participants who graduated high school and are intending to enroll in postsecondary education in the Fall.

Specifically designed for disadvantaged students, UBMS is one of the nationwide TRIO programs created through federal legislation nearly 40 years ago. TRIO participants represent a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. UBMS is 100% funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The total funding for this grant is $250,000 annually.

The staff of UBMS provides services to eligible participants. If you have a disability and may require accommodations in order to participate fully in program activities, please contact Drew Goodwin, Director to discuss your specific needs at 978-630-9248.