The Upward Bound Math and Science Center of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Center is designed to prepare participants for post secondary education and motivate their exploration of science, mathematics and related education professions. Participants are selected for participation according to Federal Guidelines of being low income and/or potential first generation college graduates. There is no cost to eligible participants.
The Math and Science Center is committed to goals to develop a year-round educational program which will excite, motivate and prepare 50 participants. The Center works closely with secondary students and school districts to provide quality services to all participants, thus preparing them for successful high school completion and entrance into post secondary programs.
The Math and Science participants receive tutorial instruction in science, mathematics, language arts, foreign language and computer/laboratory instruction. Educational and financial aid, personal and career counseling, academic advisement, cultural and recreational field trips and workshops are offered to enhance, expose and prepare participants to enter science, mathematics and related fields. Cultural and recreational field trips and workshop activities are provided to enhance participants' academic growth, cultural development and program success. Participants also participate in student leadership conferences, science fairs and summer career shadowing. The Center offers a six-week enrichment summer residential component. This component is conducted on the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville main campus. University faculty members instruct introductory courses in science, mathematics, language arts, foreign language and computer literacy. Participants receive stipends for successful participation.