Upward Bound

Upward Bound Math & Science - About

TRIO Math and Science


The Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) program is a US Department of Education TRiO Grant Initiative targeting low-income high school students.  UBMS is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of participating students in Taos Municipal Schools.  The goal of the program is to encourage students to recognize and develop their potential to pursue post-secondary degrees in STEM (Science Technology Engineering or Mathematics).

UBMS works with 60 (9th and 10th grade) eligible students who are low income as defined by Federal guidelines and/or potential first-generation college students where neither parent has earned a Bachelor’s degree. Upward Bound Math and Science programs are to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

Program services are FREE to participants and are designed to support the academic program at the participating high schools.  Participants receive a stipend each semester and summer for satisfactory participation.  Since participants invest more time with academics than most students, the stipend is an important incentive.

Services Provided

  • Six-week summer program with intensive math and science training
  • Participant-conducted scientific research under the guidance of a university faculty member, a research scientist or a high school teacher
  • Guest speakers from industry or universities who work or research in STEM fields
  • Instruction and tutorial assistance to improve mathematics, science, reading, writing, study skills and other subjects necessary for success in high school and college
  • Educational services designed to improve financial and economic literacy
  • Participation in cultural events and other educational activities not usually available to low-income students
  • Exploration of a range of career and college options
  • College campus tours and assistance in researching and selecting a college
  • Assistance in completing college admission, scholarship searches and financial aid applications
  • Preparation for ACT/SAT tests
  • Leadership skills development
  • Summer bridge program for graduating seniors

Contact Information

Program website: taos.unm.edu/triomathsci