Upward Bound Math and Science

Upward Bound Math and Science is a part of the federally funded TRIO programs, whose purpose is to prepare low-income and first-generation college bound students for success in higher education. The goal of Upward Bound Math Science is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in those subjects.

About the Program

The program serves 60 students from Alachua County. Students have the opportunity to do joint activities with students from the , which has been in operation since 1988.

This model provides integration with academic researchers at the University of Florida and offers expanded opportunities for program participants to prepare in greater depth for study in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) at the post-secondary level.

Services are based on the University of Florida campus and include after school tutoring and classes held weekends, virtually science  vacation weeks, and through an academically intensive six-week summer program.

Students participate in hands-on and exploratory science activities, as well as work in research labs.   Students participate in both the school year and summer components upon entry to the program until high school graduation.  All program services are free and students receive a small stipend for their participation.

Program Eligibility

In order to be eligible to participate in the Upward Bound Math Science program, students must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Meet low-income guidelines or be a potential first generation college student (neither parent has a bachelors degree)
  • Attend a target high school (Eastside High School and Howthorne Middle / High School.)
  • Have an expressed interest in studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics

Interested students can download a UBMS Student Application 2022 – 2023  Additionally, students may get a paper copy from their high school or by calling UBMS at (352) 392-2310.

How to Apply for Upward Bound Math and Science

Upward Bound Math and Science program is a federally-funded TRIO program that provides academic support to low-income and/or first-generation college bound students.  To qualify students need to either meet TRIO low-income guidelines or be first-generation college, meaning neither parent has obtained a bachelor’s degree.   Additionally, to qualify, students must have at least started the ninth grade and either attend one of the program’s target high schools that include the Eastside High School or Hawthorne Middle / High School.  Lastly, students need to be interested in studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics.  Students attending the target high schools are given priority in the admissions process.

During the school year, students must attend tutoring and academic instruction at least one a month on Saturdays.  During the summer, students attend classes on the University of Florida campus from Monday-Friday for a six-week academically intensive program, ending in a one-week residential experience.

Application Materials

Only complete applications will be considered.  Please follow the instructions on page 1 of the application closely and contact our office with any questions.

Equal Opportunity

The University of Florida prohibits discrimination against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status.

Contact Information

Thank you for visiting the Upward Bound Math Science Program at the University of Florida's Center for Precollegiate Education and Training.

Our contact information is:

University of Florida
Center for Precollegiate Education and Training

Upward Bound Math Science
1908 Stadium Road
334 Yon Hall, PO Box 112010
Gainesville, FL 32611

Phone: (352) 392-2310
Fax: (352) 392-2344
Email: ubms@ufl.edu