Upward Bound Math Science is a part of the federally-funded TRIO programs, whose purpose is to prepare low-income and first-generation college bound students for success in higher education. The goal of Upward Bound Math Science is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and to encourage them to pursue post-secondary degrees in those subjects.
During the school year, program staff visits students at their high schools (Harlan County High School and Bell County High School) twice per month to provide help and guidance with any problems students may have. Tutors are available to students as needed. Upward Bound Math Science students come to the Cumberland Campus one Saturday a month to attend an intensive academic session providing extra instruction, tutoring, ACT prep, community service activities, and workshops.
During the six-week summer residential program, Upward Bound Math Science students live in a dorm and attend classes. Classes are offered in math, science, literature, grammar, computers, foreign languages, and more. Upward Bound Math Science students will also have the chance to have fun, see new places, and create new cultural experiences during the summer.
Students participate in hands-on and exploratory science activities, as well as work in labs. Students participate in both the school year and summer components upon entry to the program until high school graduation. All program services are free, and students receive a small stipend for their participation.