of Pennsylvania has received $262,577 in funding for its Upward Bound Math
and Science program through the US Department of Education. Projected funding
for this grant over a five-year period is anticipated to be $1.31 million.
The grant proposal was
developed by co-principal investigators Calvin Masilela and Hilary
Staples. Masilela, director of the Upward Bound Math and Science program, is a professor of geography and regional planning and director of the PAB-accredited Bachelor of Science Regional Planning program. Staples serves as director of the IUP
McNair Scholars Program.
The Upward Bound
Math and Science program is designed to strengthen the math and science skills
of high school students and to encourage them to pursue post-secondary education
programs that lead to careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and
Mathematics) disciplines. Through the program, IUP will provide 52 economically
disadvantaged and first-generation students at five Indiana County public high
schools with math, science, and technology learning support, academic advising,
tutoring services, and financial aid assistance annually.
The UBMS program at
IUP was initially funded in September 2007, with the first cohort admitted in
January 2008. Since that time, a total of 191 students from Indiana County have
participated in the program: 109 have completed the program; 30 have graduated
from college, 78 are enrolled in college, and 42 are currently enrolled in the
program. These numbers not only reflect a high participation rate (95 percent) and post-secondary
persistence, but also excellence in college degree completion.
“We couldn’t be more pleased to receive funding for a program that
will continue to enrich the experiences of disadvantaged and first generation
students in Indiana County,” said Masilela.