Mission Statement

The TRIO Upward Bound Math Science Program of the University of Pennsylvania aims to strengthen the educational, scientific and cultural foundations of highly motivated highschool students from low-income and or first-generation-to-college backgrounds,thereby enhancing their ability to matriculate into competitive college environments.

Program Components

Academic-Year Component

Upward Bound Math and Science Program students meet on Penn’s Campus every Saturday from 10:00-1:00, from mid-October to mid-May. The Saturday sessions include, but are not limited to: science and math supplemental instruction, college preparatory seminars, field trips, STEM competitions, journal clubs and STEM immersion activities. It is also mandatory that during the school year, students not maintaining at least a B average in their high school courses participate in tutoring and/or homework sessions. During the academic year, students will be monitored through structured interactions with undergraduate and graduate student mentors, as well as the Upward Bound Math and Science staff. All high school Seniors are required to complete all college applications by December 15 and FAFSA forms by February 1st.

Summer Scholars Academy Component

During the six-week Summer Program, students will receive academically rigorous instruction in science, math, computer literacy, language arts and Latin. The program begins at the end of June and runs until the first week of August. During the summer the students will be intensely engaged in a six week-long research project that will enhance their analytical and observational skill sets. These research projects will prepare them for science competitions and exhibitions, both locally and nationally. In addition to academic enhancement activities, the students will actively participate in cultural, healthy living, and team building electives that will aid in their transition to the post-secondary environment.