The Kent State University Upward Bound Math/Science program(UBMS) is a pre-college program intentionally designed to prepare low-income and first-generation college students to develop their potential to excel in mathematics and the sciences, pursue post- secondary degrees, and ultimately choose careers in the math and science professions. Our Student Leadership Conferences, Saturday Academy, Summer Institute, Cultural Engagements and College Visits are holistically designed to ensure our students are academically, socially and culturally prepared as productive citizens in a global society.
Kent State University’s UBMS Program is an on-going partnership between Barberton High School, the Canton City School District, and key stakeholders in Portage, Stark and Summit Counties to promote academic excellence as well as sustainable careers in the challenging, yet rewarding fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), including the teaching profession.
QualificationsSixty-three total students from the target areas of Canton City and Barberton High Schools are invited to participate. Students must meet the following criteria:
- Plan to enroll in college to complete a degree upon high school graduation.
- Currently in or rising into the 9th or 10th grade
- Expressed interest in Science, Technology, Engineering &/or Math
- Satisfy federal eligibility criteria. View Criteria
- Carry a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA.
- Meet other program standards as outlined in the application process.
ServicesThere are two components to this program – Academic Year and Summer Institute.
- Academic Year
- Weekly Scholars' Institute meetings
- Saturday Engagement days
- Academic support, tutoring, mentoring and advising
- Financial Literacy
- Post-secondary preparation and campus visits
- Parent/guardian workshops
- Career and personal development
- Cultural immersion trips and activities
- Summer Institute
- A six-week residential program on Kent State University campus.
- Students attend targeted classes in the fields of math, business, language, science and electives.
- Students participate in intensive hands-on learning experiences and field trips.
- Students engage in social and cultural activities designed to provide a holistic learning experience.
- Academic Year
BenefitsProgram benefits include:
- Hands-on learning and exposure to career and opportunities in the fields of Science, Mathematics, and Technology
- Opportunities to learn about college environments
- Intensive academic support
- Enrichment and skill development
- Field trips, college visits and research experiences
- Participation on the Parent Advisory Council