Dr. Calvin Masilela Professor, Department of Geography & Regional Planning, Regional Planning Program Director

Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS)

AWARE Funded by the U.S. Department of Education since it's inception in 2007, the purpose of UBMS is to provide participants with the requisite skills and motivation to matriculate from high school, enroll in college, and graduate with degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.


UBMS is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of first-generation college bound students and/or low-income students. Scholars develop skills in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and are encouraged to pursue and complete post-secondary degrees in these fields.

Since 1965 TRIO programs have helped America’s low-income and first generation college students access and complete higher education. What began as 3 programs at fewer than 1,000 project sites is today 8 programs at nearly 3,000 project sites. This includes projects in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and other jurisdictions (e.g. Guam, Federated States of Micronesia, Northern Mariana Islands, etc.). TRIO programs provide services to students throughout the education pipeline, as early as middle school, through the doctorate degree. This story map displays the geographical reach of TRIO projects throughout the nation in academic year 2017-18 for the programs listed below. (Note: Data is not yet available for the Training for Federal TRIO Programs.)

AWARE group

The Upward Bound Math and Science program is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of participating students. The goal of the program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in math and science, and ultimately careers in the math and science profession. Upward Bound Math and Science projects provide services that include academic tutoring, counseling to improve financial and economic literacy, among others.