Engaged Learning

Staff Spotlight: USF Upward Bound Math and Science

Upward Bound Math & Science (UBMS) prepares promising high school students from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to succeed in college and in life. Upward Bound, a federally funded program that supports high school students in preparing for college, has been a part of the USF community since 1966. The Upward Bound Math and Science program, which began in 2006, prepares students for college-level coursework and careers focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Pivotal to this work is the contributions of Gracee Anguiano, USF UBMS College Advisor, and Adalberto Gonzalez, formerly of USF UBMS and currently an Academic Advisor for Mills College Upward Bound. 
Anguiano and Gonzalez joined the USF Upward Bound Math and Science team in spring 2016 and worked tirelessly to ensure that UBMS high school scholars were A-G ready and competitive for top universities. Throughout the school year, Anguiano and Gonzalez worked with 9th to 12th graders to ensure college readiness, and prepare scholars for the rigorous college application process. UBMS is delighted to share that their hard work paid off. To date, USF UBMS seniors have been accepted to 36 universities: six UCs, 17 CSUs, and thirteen private colleges and universities across the nation, including Princeton University, Barnard College, and University of San Francisco.