Upward Bound Math and Science

The Upward Bound Math and Science program is designed to help students recognize and develop their potential in math and science, and to encourage them to pursue post-secondary degrees in math and science, and ultimately careers in the math and science profession.

The Claflin University Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) Program is a Regional Center, and is a TRIO Program that has been federally funded by the U. S. Department of Education since 1990. The mission is to help low-income and/or potential first generation college students successfully complete high school and college, with a degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) field. UBMS provides a highly focused learning experience in science and mathematics for students with sharp minds and can-do attitudes.


In order to participate in the program, one must:

  • Have a keen interest in a science or math career
  • Be currently enrolled in the 9th, 10th or 11th grade
  • Be enrolled in or have successfully completed Algebra I and Physical Science, unless it is not offered at a student’s respective high school
  • Reside in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina or Tennessee
  • Participate in Upward Bound or Talent Search or be eligible for participation (by meeting federal income guidelines and/or be a potential first generation college student)

The Upward Bound Math & Science Program is offered at no expense to eligible participants. The goal of the program has been to provide students with the opportunity to achieve academic success. Participants and parents are expected to abide by the terms of the program. Failure to comply can result in the dismissal of a participant from the program. Students who complete the session and exhibit satisfactory participation will receive a stipend. Room, board, fees, food, and lodging expenses associated with participation in the program will be paid by the Upward Bound Math and Science Program.

Download the 2017 UBMS Brochure

How to Apply

Download the application for Upward Bound

Pursuing Rewards In Mathematics & Science

Summer Component

The program provides an intense, six-week residential summer component. The summer component college living experience includes:

  • Classroom and laboratory instruction in mathematics( algebra 2, geometry, pre-calculus, or calculus), science (biology, chemistry, physics or robotics), computer science, English/literature and basic Latin
  • ACT/SAT preparation
  • Shadowing and/or mentoring
  • Weekly educational and career related field trips
  • College and career exploration
  • College readiness
  • College visits
  • Financial Literacy
  • Guest lecturers
  • Student research
  • Group and individual counseling
  • Academic tutorials
  • Cultural and Social Activities

NOTE: Participants do NOT receive school course credit for the courses taken during this component.

Academic Component

When completing the acceptance packet prior to attending the 2017 Summer Component, each participant will select a mentor (preferably a mathematics or science teacher), from his/her high school. Upon returning to school in the fall, the participant is expected to meet with his/her mentor at least twice a month. One assignment must be completed and returned each month, and participants will take part in some online activities.

Meet the Staff

Sharon CapersSharon M. Capers
(803) 535-5062

Chondra JacobsChondra T. Jacobs
Administrative Assistant
(803) 535-5063

Contact Us

Upward Bound Math and Science
Claflin University
400 Magnolia Street
Orangeburg, SC 29115
Fax: 803-534-8323

Office Location
887 Goff Street
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