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TRIO Upward Bound – No Obstacles

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Upward Bound Math and Science

Do you dream of getting a degree in the sciences? Have you ever wondered how engineers design bridges or cars or what goes into developing a new app?

If so, Upward Bound Math and Science is for you. Our goal is to assist students interested in science, technology, engineering and math, and we do this by recognizing a student’s gifts and enhancing their intellectual talents.

The Upward Bound Math and Science program encourages and assists students in obtaining college degrees and ultimately careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Program Information


The goals for the Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) summer program is to grow our students’ passion for math and science, increase their academic skills, their desire to succeed in school, and to introduce them to our close-knit community of student-scholars.

Over the summer, students have daily classes in English, math, science and foreign language. Class sizes are small and taught by experienced teachers and professors who are assisted by tutors. Tutors work with students that may need extra help during study sessions. Students will also engage in hands-on experiences with the engineering and biological sciences departments at the University of Delaware.


During the academic year, we provide workshops and a speaker series that cover topics such as:

  • Advice on applying to college
  • Better study skills
  • How to be a leader
  • How to start a business
  • Scholarship advice
  • How families can afford a college education

Throughout the fall and spring semesters, we help students think about their career so that they can make informed choices about where to attend college. To help students think about college, we hold workshops each month and arrange college visits every semester.

Students also have access to individual counseling sessions to identify their interests, talk about their college choices and assist with financial planning for college.

Other services we offer students and families:

  • SAT prep
  • Earn-and-learn stipends
  • Parent workshops
  • Financial aid workshops
  • Robotics workshops
  • Civic engagement activities
  • Participation in local and national conferences and scholarly presentations

The UBMS Scholars program is designed to make each student learning experience successful and help them become global contributors to the world.

Prospective Students

Eligibility: To gain acceptance in the Upward Bound Math Science Scholars Program at the University of Delaware, scholars must attend one of our target schools or a school within the surrounding region (see below for details). Two-thirds of our participants must be both low-income and potential first-generation college students, with the remaining one-third being one or the other. In addition, all applicants must demonstrate a strong interest in science and/or mathematics. Income limitations can be found here.

Current freshman, sophomore and juniors attending the following schools are eligible to apply:

  • DELAWARE: Christiana, McKean, Glasgow, Newark
  • MARYLAND: Elkton, North East

Students who do not attend one of our target or feeder schools may also be eligible if they reside within the following target areas: New Castle County in Delaware and Cecil County in Maryland.

Ready to apply? Submit your application and supporting materials by April 15*:

*Applications will still be accepted on a rolling basis after April 15 as space remains available.

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Ready to Apply?

Completed applications and all related documents are due by April 15*. Please submit all materials linked below in order to apply.

*Applications will still be accepted on a rolling basis after April 15 as space remains available.


Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) is a federally funded TRIO program under the U.S. Department of Education. UBMS provides academic assistance and guidance to high school students interested in obtaining a college degree in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Students must be the first in their family to obtain a four-year bachelor’s degree or meet federal requirements. Click here for additional information on TRIO, programs and support service.

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UBMS Program Contacts

Camille Sims-Johnson, Ed.D.

Program Director

Chiamesha Carey, M.S.

Program Coordinator


Phone: 302-831-4994

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