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UNI Upward Bound Math and Science Program seeking applicants

January 26, 2003

Reygan Freeney, director, Upward Bound Math and Science, (319) 433-1260
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Upward Bound Math and Science Program at the University of Northern Iowa is now accepting applications for its summer residential program. Available from high school guidance counselors and principals, applications will be accepted through February 2003 or until all openings are filled. The math and science program has been awarded funding for 2002-2003 from a grant from the U. S. Department of Education. The program is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of participating students. The goal of the program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and encourages them to pursue postsecondary degrees in these fields.

Expanding on the success of the well-known Upward Bound programs on college campuses nationwide, the Upward Bound Math and Science Program at UNI encourages high school students to seek post-secondary education in math or science. 'There is a shortage of individuals going into the math and science professions, while the need for such individuals continues to increase,' said Reygan Freeney, director of the UNI program.

Students in the program attend a free six-week summer session on the UNI campus, which includes classes, field trips and a weekly stipend. Up to 45 students will be accepted.

The Upward Bound Math and Science Program has operated on the UNI campus since 1990. Freeney said about 80 percent of the program graduates have gone on to post-secondary education in the math or science area, and the majority of those have gone to Iowa colleges or universities.

For more information, contact a school guidance counselor, call Freeney at (319) 433-1260, or email the program at