High school students interested in exploring science and mathematics in a real-world setting have the opportunity to participate in East Central University’s Upward Bound Math and Science Program for the 2014-2015 school year.
Fifteen openings are available for students interested in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields or have a desire to make them their careers. The
Program is primarily geared toward first-generation college students.
“My goal is that parents will inquire about the program and its services and that their child will be a part of this wonderful opportunity,” said Amie Orr, director of the ECU Upward Bound Math and Science program.
Benefits of the program are countless with numerous workshops, upper-level classes in which students can earn high school credit, job shadowing and field trips. Students, participating in the program, are required to go to a workshop once a month on Saturdays.
Among the workshops are: goal-setting, ACT preparation, scholarships and college readiness, along with workshops for parents of the students. The students’ ACT scores and grade-point averages from their respective high schools are monitored by representatives from the Upward Bound Science and Math Program.
Through a STEM Mentorship Program, linked with the Chickasaw Nation and ECU’s Upward Bound Math and Science, students have the opportunity to do job shadowing during the summers. Some of the recent field trips for the group were to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge near Lawton and the Sam Noble Foundation in Ardmore. Plans are to go to the Ouachita National Forest near Broken Bow.