Cumberland Times-News

June 20, 2013

Area students accepted into FSU’s Upward Bound Math/Science Center

Participants to hone skills on campus

scott proietti
Cumberland Times-News

— FROSTBURG — Three local students were recently accepted into Frostburg State University’s Upward Bound Regional Math/Science Center. Samantha Harlin of Windber, Pa., and Windber Area High School; John Layton of Frostburg and Northern Garrett High School; and Benjamin Mason of Little Orleans and Fort Hill High School earned the honor of being accepted into the program. All three are ninth-grade students.

The students will stay on FSU’s campus in June and July and will develop the necessary skills to succeed in post-secondary education in the fields of math and science.

Participants live and work with a diverse group of students from across the state to complete a scientific investigation. They will also have a rigorous academic schedule during the week, including math, writing, foreign language, literature and SAT preparation, in addition to the science project.

Students have the opportunity to attend educational workshops and meet professional scientists and mathematicians. Field trips are also scheduled on weekends to reward the students with enriching cultural experiences.

The program is free to all participants and students will remain in the program until they graduate from high school, returning each summer to FSU.

Program director Rita Hegeman has been involved in the program since 1997. “They get a lot out of it. The exposure to other students, the exposure to the technology and college process and SAT prep” really benefit the students, she said.

Students are exposed to science and real world science projects, as well as blackboard and other technology necessary for college that they wouldn’t have time to do in high school. They get to meet kids from all over the state and are exposed to kids in college that have either a math or science approach.

Hegeman said she “enjoys the summers” because of the great students and staff. Her favorite part of the program is “when the students call back and are appreciative of what we’ve done for them.”

Fifty-eight students will be on campus this summer partaking in the program. The year-round program includes three to four college visits as field trips for the students.

Requirements to join the program include meeting federal income guidelines and household size, low or moderate income, and be a first-generation college student. Students must also indicate an interest in math and science or have a teacher or guidance counselor identify their interest.

The Regional Math/Science Center at FSU is a federally funded program of the U.S. Department of Education and serves eligible students from Garrett. Allegany and Washington counties, Baltimore City and select schools in Frederick County.