IUP Receives Five-Year Continued Funding for Upward Bound Math and Science Program

Posted on 9/27/2017 12:26:14 PM

Indiana University 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.