WVSU receives $1.25 million for high school math and science program U.S. Dept. of Education

9/25/2012

WVSU receives $1.25 million for high school math and science program U.S. Dept. of Education
funding will support Upward Bound initiative

INSTITUTE  W.Va. – West Virginia State University  will receive a boost toward its mission of preparing future scientists and mathematicians through a $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to the Upward Bound Math and Science program.

According to Senator Joe Manchin’s office the award will be paid in increments of $250,000 per year, over the next five years, with each year’s award depending on  progress  toward program goals.

The Upward Bound Math and Science program is a federally funded U.S. Department of Education initiative designed to strengthen the math and science skills of participating students, with the goal of helping them recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees and careers in the industries.   

This funding will help students in our target areas to recognize their potential in the sciences and mathematics,” said Krystal Tolliver, program director. The Upward Bound Math and Science program currently serves more than 50 eligible students from seven high schools in Kanawha and Logan counties, said Tolliver.

WVSU competed for the grant with more than 1,000 other applicants. The program, which has been in existence at WVSU since 2007, is the only Upward Bound Math and Science program in the state of West Virginia. Upward Bound has had a presence on the WVSU campus since it launched in 1965.

Upward Bound Math and Science is a year-round program that offers both fall and summer academies. During the fall component, participants receive after-school tutoring and weekend instruction that supplements their high school coursework. During the summer, each participant has the opportunity to get an academic jumpstart in physics, trigonometry, forensics, scientific methods and research projects, taught by West Virginia State graduate students and professors. Participants and their parents are involved in annual college and career fairs, which afford students the opportunity to explore career options and potential colleges.

Under the terms of the grant, data will be collected to determine students’ progress, productivity and persistence in staying in school. The program will also increase use of technology, staff and other resources to improve student learning. Funding for each year of the grant will be dictated by progress made toward program goals. 

Students interested in participating in the Upward Bound Math and Science program can contact their high school counselor for an application.

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