Indiana University of Pennsylvania received $273,737 in continued funding for its Upward Bound Math and Science Program (UBMS) through the US Department
of Education for 2018–19. In addition to this continuation award, the program also secured $39,325.37 in supplemental funding for this project year to enhance existing programming and ensure success in STEM fields, including computer science. The
grant proposal was developed by co-principal investigators Calvin Masilela and Hilary Staples, director and math/science coordinator, respectively.
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 provides economically disadvantaged and potentially 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.
With this award, the Upward Bound Math and Science program will offer UBMS 2019 summer participants the opportunity to participate in a week-long cybersecurity day camp and a biotech camp offered by Waleed Faraq and N. Bharathan, respectively.
The supplemental grant will also be used to purchase iPads for use by participants in both the cybersecurity/computer science camp as well as throughout the duration of a student’s participation in the UBMS program to complement the Google math instruction
offered by math instructors during the summer residential program.