Upward Bound Math and Science program to hold research symposium July 18

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) program’s 2016 Summer STEM (science, technology, engineering and math education) Institute is being held through July 21 on Penn State’s University Park campus. The intensive residential program welcomes 36 ninth- through 11th-grade students from Harrisburg, Reading and Woodland Hills high schools.

Students are assigned to one of 16 research teams and receive intensive lab training and mentoring from faculty and graduate student mentors with the College of Agricultural Sciences Summer Experience (CASSE), the Summer Research Experience in the Eberly College of Science (SEECoS), and the Summer Experience in Earth and Mineral Sciences (SEEMS). At the conclusion of the program, students will understand how to conduct collegiate-level research and give a juried presentation on their findings.

The UBMS Research Symposium will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, July 18, in Paterno Library’s Foster Auditorium. Presentations will be streamed live for parents, guardians and high school personnel to view at http://goo.gl/ltnsgQ. Presentations that receive the highest scores in their respective college focus will be awarded top honors the following day at the UBMS Awards luncheon. The distribution of awards will be as follows:

  • College of Agricultural Sciences Summer Experience (CASSE): one group winner
  • Summer Experience in Earth and Mineral Sciences (SEEMS): one group winner
  • Summer Research Experience in the Eberly College of Science (SEECoS): one group winner
  • 2016 Summer STEM Institute Overall Winner: one group from any category, out of 12 total groups

The UBMS program at Penn State is a federally funded program from the U.S. Department of Education. The goals of the program are to:

  • Strengthen the math and science skills of low-income, first-generation potential college students;
  • Encourage these students to pursue postsecondary degrees in STEM professions; and
  • Support graduation with a baccalaureate degree in a math and science profession.

For more information about the UBMS program, visit equity.psu.edu/ubms.

Last Updated July 12, 2016