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The UBMS program at Penn State -University Park lasts for six weeks from mid-June to the end of July each summer. In addition, UBMS maintains contact with the students during the academic year and the students visit University Park at least once each semester.

The specific goals of the UBMS program are
(1) to help students to recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and
(2) to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in these fields.


Since its inception in 1990, the UBMS program has tracked the learning outcomes of the participants in the program. The program has been very successful (see UBMS report by Jody Markley)

After one year in UBMS:

    87% of our students received a B or higher in their mathematics course at their high school. 
    82% of our students received a B or higher in their science courses at their high school.
    73% of our students are enrolled in advanced academic courses at their high school. 
    52% of our students are enrolled in Advanced Placement courses at their high school. 


Since 1990:

    70% of program participants who matriculated to postsecondary education went on to graduate. 
    98% of postsecondary graduates received their Bachelor’s degree, even though an Associate’s Degree would also qualify as postsecondary graduation.


Based on a total population of over 550 UBMS students since 2000:

    99% of program participants graduated from high school. 
    99% of program participants were accepted into post-secondary educational institutions. 
    92% of program participants enrolled in postsecondary educational institutions. 
    82% of program participants graduated from postsecondary educational institutions. 
    76% of program participants enrolled in post-secondary educational institutions received math/science-related degrees.


In addition,

    89% received an above-average grade in their Mathematics class during the school year.
    87% received an above-average grade in their Science class during the school year.

    87% showed an increase of at least a quarter grade level in their score or achieved the maximum score on the Mathematics Section of the National Achievement Test.

    82% showed an increase of at least a quarter grade level in their score or achieved the maximum score on the Science Section of the National Achievement Test.


SEECoS students are recruited by the UBMS Director, Jody Markley, early in the Spring semester. She and her team of educators maintain contact with the students during the academic year and the students visit University Park at least once each semester. Over their six weeks at University Park, the students attend regular classes in Math, English, Latin, science (chemistry, biology, physics), and Research Writing. These subjects are considered to be essential preparation for a science career. English is included since the students need to learn to write proper reports and Latin teaches them the roots of many words that are used in science and medicine. Trained high school teachers are hired by the UBMS program to teach these classes. In addition, the program provides them with SAT Preparation, academic and career counseling, college applications, and exposes them to research done by Penn State faculty. An important aspect of the collaboration between SEECoS and UBMS is that since the housing, meals, and classes for the students are managed by the UBMS Center, the SEECoS teams can focus on the research aspect of the students' experiences.

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