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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Dec. 18, 2012

Registration for Upward Bound Math and Science program Feb. 14

Northwest Missouri State University’s Upward Bound Math and Science program – a free, hands-on learning experience for eligible high school students in grades nine through 11 – returns to campus Saturday, June 8, through Saturday, July 20, 2013.

High school freshmen, sophomores and juniors seeking to enrich their math and science skills should apply as soon as possible. The postmarked application deadline is Thursday, Feb. 14. Applications may be completed and downloaded from the Upward Bound Math and Science website at Project Counselor Linda Davison advises students to thoughtfully consider the short essay questions before printing and mailing the application.

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


  • Falls City High School
  • Nebraska City High School


  • Turner High School (Kansas City)


  • Bedford High School
  • Clarinda High School
  • Nishnabotna High School (Farragut/Hamburg)
  • Red Oak High School
  • Shenandoah High School
  • South Page High School (College Springs)
  • Villisca High School
  • Corning High School


  • North Nodaway R-VI High School (Hopkins)
  • North Andrew R-VI High School (Rosendale)
  • Worth County R-III High School (Grant City)
  • Kansas City schools including:
    • Lincoln College Prep Academy
    • Northeast 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. Previously, students have participated in team-building activities at the Missouri Outdoor Education Recreation Area near Maryville and visited the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Neb., as well as Kansas City-area attractions like Worlds of Fun, Science City, New Theatre Restaurant and Royals baseball games.

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.

“Students go back to their home high schools with greater motivation, confidence, self-esteem, excitement and a direction for their lives,” Davison said.

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.

Participants live in a campus residence hall where they are supervised by qualified and successful college students. 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.

Sherica, of Kansas City, Mo., a mother of two 2011 and 2012 UBMS participants, said, “UBMS has been a great help in guiding my children’s academics. My children are more focused and goal-oriented. They have learned great time management skills from the program. They don’t procrastinate in getting assignments done anymore. They talk about all the friends – students and staff – they have made at UBMS. They are excited when talking about education and going to college. They really look forward to returning in the summer.”

Brianna, a 2012 UBMS participant from Red Oak, Iowa, said, “UBMS is a life-changing experience. You make friends that you won’t ever forget. You don’t have to try to act like someone else. Just be yourself. You won’t regret going.”

The program offers numerous benefits, including:

  • Hands-on learning that makes the curriculum exciting and memorable
  • A focused math and science setting
  • Exposure to a variety of math and science topics
  • Expert, engaging instructors who use innovative team teaching techniques
  • A laptop computer checked out for every student
  • A TI-Nspire CX CAS graphing calculator given to each student who completes the program
  • 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 $2,400-plus scholarship

For more information about the six-week summer Upward Bound Math and Science camp at Northwest, call 660.562.1632 or 660.562.1538 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Send emails to Davison at or Assistant Director Karen Woodard at

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468