A Historical PerspectiveThe University of Tennessee, Math and Science Center is a pre-college program that is funded by the U.S. Department of Education for high school students in the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. Upward Bound programs have been in existence over 35 years across the country and been at the University of Tennessee since 1991. Upward Bound programs were specifically created to help potential first-generation college students and students from families who meet income guidlines established by the federal government graduate from high school, attend college, and reach their full potential while in college. The program provides tutoring, ACT preparation, college and career information, instruction in academics, cultural enrichment and social counseling on a one-to-one basis with students in the program. It also gives students a chance to experience what college might be like following the 10th and 11th grade through a six week academic program on The University of Tennessee's campus during the summer.
Who is Eligible?The University of Tennessee, Math and Science Center accepts applications and nominations from rising 9th, 10th and 11th graders who have a demonstrated interest and aptitude in math and science, and who want to go to college. In addition, student who are interested in applying to The University of Tennessee's Math and Science Center must be attending one of the following high schools:
- Campbell County High School
- Loudon High School
- Jefferson County High School
- Pigeon Forge High School
- Union County High School
- Grainger High School
All students must:
- Meet family income guidelines established by the federal government;
- Be a potential first generation college student (neither parent has a 4-yr. college degree);
- Complete the entire application package;
- Provide at least three recommendations from current high school guidance counselor, math teacher, and science teacher;
- Provide signed commitment of parental support;
- Want to pursue a career that requires a college education in the field of math and/or science;
- Demonstrate a willingness and desire to actively participate in all program activities;
- Agree to complete the poster project and participate fully in the scientific poster symposium.
How to ApplyStep1: Get an application from your high school guidance counselor, print one from the applications page of the Math and Science Center website, or call the MSC office at (865) 974-4466 for an application packet.
Step 2: Complete the entire application and return it to the Math and Science Center. A self-addressed envelope is contained within the application packet.
Step 3: The Project Director of the MSC Program will contact you within one week after your application is received to provide you with more details about your application.
Student ResponsibilitiesThe University of Tennessee, Math and Science Center Program staff realizes that it takes a very special student to be considered for its Upward Bound Program. Each Upward Bound student upon acceptance makes a commitment to the following 5 conditions:
-Attend 10 Saturday Sessions;
-Commit to providing scholarly information to the Math and Science Center such as transcripts, ACT/SAT scores, college application in a timely manner;
-Commit to check-ins with the program staff on a regular basis (methods of communication include but are not limited to bi-weekly school visits with Educational Specialist, phone calls, emails, and mailings);
-Commit to enrolling in college prep classes at their high schools each semester;
-Commit to attending a six week Summer component at UTK.