TRiO - Upward Bound Math/Science (UBMS)

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ABOUT TRiO - UPWARD BOUND MATH/SCIENCE (UBMS)

Upward Bound Math & Science Center (UBMS) consists of dedicated staff and advocates who provide low-income and potentially first-generation-to college students from underrepresented communities with resources and tools that are essential to access higher education. UBMS educates and supports our program participants by implementing and promoting services that help our participants achieve post-secondary success and better prepare them for a promising future. 

The program is designed to motivate and prepare students with academic potential for success in math or science education and careers beyond high school. Students accepted into the program receive our services free, but are expected to make a serious commitment to both their academic education and the Upward Bound Math & Science Program. The Upward Bound Math and Science Program is a Federally Funded Program with an annual budget of $407K.

Academic Year

During the academic year, students are supported by their sending/sponsoring project and may participate in activities such as Saturday College, career workshops, English, lab science and math mini-courses, SAT preparation, tutoring, and assistance with college admission applications and financial aid forms.

Summer Component

Students are given the opportunity to live in a dormitory on the University of California, Berkeley campus. Upward Bound Math & Science counselors live with the students and provide supervision and guidance throughout the six-week session.  The summer session is a comprehensive program that includes classes in English, math, computers and lab science; evening tutorial sessions; workshops of social and cultural significance; weekend field trips of math or science significance and organized recreational activities. Transportation over the summer is paid and arranged by sending/sponsoring project or the UBMS program.

Site Visits

Upward Bound Math & Science staff will periodically visit sending/sponsoring projects to maintain contact with students and to keep track of school attendance and grades. Visits will also include the recruitment and meeting of prospective new UBMS participants. Upward Bound Math & Science staff also assist students during their senior year in selecting colleges, applying for college admissions, housing, and financial aid.

Who is Eligible?

Each spring, new students are selected to participate. Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be considered:

  • Be a participant of one of our Sending/Sponsoring Projects
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Must come from a low-income family. Income status will be determined by information on the family’s most recent 1040 Federal Income Tax Form. Families on public assistance (AFDC, SSI, etc.) meet the income requirements.
  • Must be first-generation (student whose parents have not earned a bachelor or higher degree).
  • Students must also demonstrate the need for academic services.

During the academic year, students are supported by their sending/sponsoring project and may participate in activities such as Saturday College, career workshops, English, lab science and math mini-courses, SAT preparation, tutoring, and assistance with college admission applications and financial aid forms.