Upward Bound Math-Science at UNM-Taos is recruiting future scientists and mathematicians

May 31, 2022


The Upward Bound Math and Science program is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of participating students. The goal of the program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in math and science, and ultimately careers in the math and science profession.  Over the past 10 years, 150 Taos students have used this federal program at UNM-Taos to build their futures.  If you, or someone you know, will be in high school this fall, call today to apply.  Participation in the summer program is available to early applicants. 

A college education provides a life of options, rather than of limitations. When students have opportunities to explore and talk about college, when they receive support, college is seen as the norm: higher education is the expectation rather than the exception. 


Services provided by the program include: 

  • Exposure to academic programs and cultural events 
  • Instruction in reading, writing, study skills, and other subjects necessary for success in education beyond high school 
  • Academic, financial, or personal counseling 
  • Tutorial services 
  • Mentoring programs 
  • Information on postsecondary education opportunities 
  • Assistance in completing college entrance and financial aid applications 
  • Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams 
  • Information on the full range of Federal Student Financial Aid programs and benefits 
  • Guidance and assistance on secondary school reentry or alternative education programs; entry into general educational development programs or postsecondary education 


Here is what former Upward Bound Math-Science participants are saying: 

“Upward Bound Math Science is the best thing that ever happened to me. The program taught me not only how to do well in college, but how to succeed. I learned so many valuable life lessons that will help me do well in my chosen profession. Without UBMS, I don’t know if I would be where I am today.” –Victoria Pendleton, former UBMS student 

Victoria is currently at UMaine studying Pre-Veterinary Science (class of 2016). 

“The Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) program helped me discovering my potential in math and science. It opened me many opportunities to pursue an education beyond high school. Assistance with financial aid applications, college visits and entrance exams were just a few things that I truly appreciated UBMS. Being a first generation in my family to attend college, I had benefited greatly from UBMS in providing me with the exposure to college experience before heading to college. Thank you.” – Son Nguyen, March 18, 2013 

Son is currently a Supply Chain Analyst for Delhaize America (parent company of Hannaford). He graduated from Bangor High School, Class of 1998, and the University of Maine, Class of 2002. 


UBMS helps students from low-income families to strengthen math and science skills. In addition, students learn computer technology as well as English, foreign language, and study skills.  As many as 117 projects are serving students throughout the country. Overall, 86.5% of students who participated in UBMS programs go directly to college after graduating from high school. Indeed, 70% of Upward Bound Math-Science programs have post-secondary enrollments of 80% or higher.  The UNM-Taos Upward Bound Math-Science project serves 60 students from Taos High School.  This year the program celebrates its 10th anniversary. 


Upward Bound Math-Science 
Padre Martinez Building 
The University of New Mexico - Taos 
1157 County Rd. 110 
Taos, NM 87557 


Mayra Gutierrez-Ramierez, director 
Phone:  (575)737-3772 
Email:  mgutier7@unm.edu 
Website: https://taos.unm.edu/community/upward-bound.html 
Instagram: ubmsunmtaos