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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Dec. 14, 2009

Upward Bound Math and Science deadline is Feb. 14

The Upward Bound Math and Science program at Northwest - a free hands-on learning experience for eligible high school students (grades 9-11) - returns to campus this summer from Saturday, June 5, through Saturday, July 17.

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High school freshmen, sophomores and juniors seeking to improve their math and science skills should apply as soon as possible. The postmarked application deadline is Feb. 14, although applications will be accepted until positions are filled. Approximately 50 students will be accepted into the 2010 program. Applications may be obtained from high school counselors or downloaded from the Upward Bound Math and Science Web site at http://www.nwmissouri.edu/dept/ubms. In addition, program representatives will be traveling to eligible high schools in January and early February.  

Students from the following schools are eligible for the Northwest UBMS program:

Nebraska

  • Falls City High School
  • Johnson-Brock High School

Kansas

  • Doniphan West High School (Highland)
  • Turner High School (Kansas City)

Iowa

  • Bedford High School
  • Clarinda High School
  • East Mills High School (Malvern)
  • Mt. Ayr High School
  • Red Oak High School
  • Shenandoah High School
  • Sidney High School

Missouri

  • North Nodaway R-VI High School (Hopkins)
  • North Andrew High School (Rosendale)
  • Mid-Buchanan High School (Faucett)
  • Worth County High School (Grant City)
  • Kansas City schools including:
    • Central High School
    • Lincoln College Prep Academy
    • Northeast High School
    • Southeast High School
    • Westport High School
  • St. Joseph schools including:
    • Benton High School
    • Central High School
    • Lafayette High School

All student expenses are covered for the six-week camp, including round-trip mileage and admission for weekend field trips. Examples of past trips include team building activities at the Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area, a visit to the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Neb., and Kansas City-area attractions like Worlds of Fun, Science City, Starlight Theater and Royals baseball.

Funded through the U.S. Department of Education, the UBMS program at Northwest has served young people from the four-state area since 1992. Students, parents and teachers agree that attending the camp can be a life-changing experience.  

Years after graduating from high school, former students testify that summers spent at UBMS were the best of their lives. Campers experience far more than hands-on math and science projects. They also learn to become self-reliant while developing leadership and social skills.  

"Upward Bound Math and Science was one of the greatest experiences I have ever had in my lifetime," said Silver Love of Clarinda, Iowa, who was a UBMS student in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and is now a freshman at Northwest majoring in pre-professional zoology and accounting. "The relationships I created with the people I met at this program are the strongest relationships I have had in my entire life. I believe that attending this astounding program is one of the best things I have done with my life. I do not think I could have created stronger relationships, gained a better insight about college, or even gotten where I am today without attending Upward Bound Math and Science."

Participants live in a campus residence hall where they are supervised by qualified and successful college students, many whom are majoring in math- and science-related fields. Skilled college and high school instructors teach a variety of math and science topics in an environment that minimizes stress and maximizes the joy of learning.

"Students go back to their home high schools with greater motivation, confidence, self-esteem and a direction for their lives," said Project Counselor Linda Davison, who cited numerous program benefits, including:

  • Hands-on learning that makes the curriculum exciting and memorable.
  • A focused math and science setting.
  • Expert, engaging instructors who use innovative team teaching techniques.
  • Access to a laptop computer in every residence hall room.
  • Access to university recreational and academic facilities.
  • Field trips.
  • The chance to make new friends from other schools.
  • A student stipend during camp and each semester of the academic year.
  • Reduced anxiety about attending college after graduating from high school.
  • Mentoring relationships with college students and instructors.
  • Possible participation in the "Bridge" program - the equivalent of receiving a $2,500 (in-state) to $3,400 (out of state) scholarship.

Davison said 80 percent of all UBMS students enroll in a college or university, and of those students, 94 percent are either still in college or have graduated within five years of high school graduation.

UBMS applicants should have a demonstrated interest in post-college careers involving math, science or computer-related skills. Applicants also need to have taken and passed college preparatory math and science classes during each year of high school.  

For more information about the six-week summer Upward Bound Math and Science camp at Northwest, call 660.562.1538 or 660.562.1632 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Send e-mails to Linda Davison, project counselor, at davison@nwmissouri.edu , or Jim Clark, project director, at jclark@nwmissouri.edu .


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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