UNT summer program offers academic enrichment for economically disadvantaged students

Friday, April 2, 2004

DENTON (UNT), Texas — The University of North Texas Upward Bound Math and Science Regional Center will conduct a summer residential camp for high school students interested in postsecondary education in the fields of math, science, computer science, and engineering. The five-week camp will take place May 29 to July 3, Saturday to Saturday.

UBMS is part of TRIO, a U.S. Department of Education funded project conducted at 123 locations across the country. It is designed to meet the needs of economically disadvantaged and first-generation college students.

'The goal of UBMS is to motivate our students to complete high school, enroll in postsecondary education, and complete degrees in mathematics, science or engineering fields," said Doug Elrod, the program coordinator of UBMS.

Elrod said this goal is achieved by revealing the diverse options available in math and science worlds, such that many participants will be stimulated to pursue these degrees in their postsecondary education.

The UMBS program at UNT serves students from Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. Students are selected based on need. They must complete an application and be nominated by a sending sponsor to be considered for the program. The camp has a limit of 50 new students each summer. Applications for this year’s camp have been accepted.
For more information about the camp, Upward Bound or TRIO, contact Elrod at (940) 565-4184or at ubms@unt.edu.

During the camp, the students will be guided through research with professors who act as mentors. They will receive classroom instruction and hear guest speakers. Students will also participate in field trips, college tours, team building activities, college preparation, cultural events and a science fair with four other UB programs. The studies will also include an academic bowl scheduled from 3 to 9 p.m. June 18 (Friday) and 9 to 3 p.m. June 19 (Saturday) at several locations on campus.

The bowl will not only focus on academic competitions, but also on sporting events designed to make learning math and science fun. During the bowl, students will interpret poetry; demonstrate dictionary skills; act in duets; create maps, graphs and charts; calculate; write headlines; and play softball, basketball, and volleyball.

Another major camp event is the Olympiad at 6:30 p.m. June 8 (Tuesday). Taking place on the physical education building field at Avenue D and Chestnut streets, students will compete in outdoor games such as a three-legged race, limbo and egg toss. TRIO Talent Search students who are middle school age will join the UBMS students. The event is opened to the public.

An awards banquet will recognize participants for their academic, athletic and leadership qualities. The banquet will take place at 7 p.m. in the Silver Eagle Suite of the Union on June 18 (Friday) with a dance to follow. The Union is located one block west of Welch and West Prairie streets.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108

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