Frequently Asked Questions

What will students do in UBMS?

The Upward Bound Math-Science program services include: six-week academic summer program with intensive math, science, writing and language training; year-round counseling, mentoring and academic support services; exposure to university faculty members who do research in mathematics and the sciences; participant-conducted scientific research under the guidance of faculty members or graduate students, who are serving as mentors; and education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students. Tutoring is also provided after-school and students receiving a C- or lower in academic subjects are required to attend tutoring appointments until their grades improve.

In addition, students go on educational field trips which supplement classroom activities and participate in cultural enrichment activities such as visits to museums, plays, and art exhibits as well as community service. In past years, UBMS students have visited the Pompeii Exhibit at the Discovery Museum in New York City, the Boston Museum of Science, and have attended Broadway shows.

When does UBMS meet?

The Upward Bound Math-Science program meets every second Saturday of the month from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Wesleyan's campus. Students are also required to attend a six-week academic enrichment program during the summer, which is usually held from mid-June to late July. Tutoring is also available throughout the school week.

How do I qualify?

To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet at least meet the following criteria:

  • Student from Middletown High School, Maloney High School, Platt High School, or New Britain High School
  • Meet the U.S. Department of Education requirements of low-income (taxable income) and/or first-generation college student status
  • Student in 9th, 10th, or 11th grade in the fall of the year of applying
  • Student has demonstrated an aptitude to succeed in courses of math and science
  • Student plans to attend a college or university and/or pursue a degree in math, science and/or engineering, or related fields.

What does it cost to participate in UBMS?

The Upward Bound Math-Science Program is free to its participants. However, there is an investment of time and effort required on the part of the student and his/her parent(s)/guardian(s).

How do I apply?

Students should complete the application and return it to our office or his/her's school guidance office. For more information, contact:

Middletown Program Coordinator Marek Mikunda at or 860-685-3188 or

Meriden/New Britain Program Coordinator Durga Nyame at or 860-685-3194.