UTPA awarded $1 million for Upward Bound Math and Science program
Posted: 09/14/2007
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The University of Texas-Pan American has received notification that its Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) grant proposal has been successfully funded effective immediately at an annual level of $250,000 for four additional years, a $30,000 increase over its current funding level.

According to the U.S. Department of Education Office of Federal TRIO Programs, 110 programs were funded out of 275 proposals submitted nationwide. Notification of the award was provided by the offices of Congressman Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15) and Senator John Cornyn.

The goal of UBMS is to prepare Rio Grande Valley students for admission into higher education and entry into math, science and engineering majors.

The program provides campus and school-based sessions focusing on life skills, college access information and career exploration for 50 low-income and potential first-generation college students a year from Weslaco East High School, Donna High School and Progreso High School. It also instructs the students in core academic subjects and provides them hands-on research engagement through a summer on-campus program under the mentorship of UTPA College of Science and Engineering faculty and upper-level undergraduate and graduate students.

During this past year, UBMS participants graduating from high school in 2007 had a 100 percent college placement rate, with approximately half of those students enrolling at UTPA said Felipe C. Salinas, UTPA director of College Access and Support Programs.

"Thanks are due to all who worked very hard on our past successes and on the grant proposal that will ensure we can continue to prepare more first-generation and low-income students for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors," he said.

Among those recognized by Salinas for their efforts are: Juan Carlos Garcia, UBMS associate director; Sandra BriseƱo, counseling specialist; Priscilla Garcia, program secretary; Linda Alaniz, grant writer; Dr. Robert Jones, professor of Mechanical Engineering and UBMS summer research program coordinator; the College of Science and Engineering: and the Offices of Research and Sponsored Projects, Grants and Contracts, and Institutional Research and Effectiveness.

For more information, contact Juan C. Garcia at 956/380-8703 or e-mail