Upward Bound Math Science 

Upward Bound Math Science Center, hosted by Wichita State University, provides an academic-year program and a summer program for low-income, first-generation high school freshmen through seniors who are interested in math, science, engineering, or health professions and encourages them to pursue these subjects as post-secondary majors.

The Academic Year Component

September through May the academic-year portion, known as the “Leadership Academy,” provides Wichita area participants services, such as:

  • Tutoring/Homework Assistance Program
  • Community Service
  • Social/Cultural Events
  • Campus Visits


Summer Residential Component

During June and July, Upward Bound Math Science offers a six-week residential program, called the “Galaxy Experience”, in which students attend classes on WSU’s Main Campus and reside in one of WSU’s residence halls. Students take classes in the following subject areas:

  • Foreign Language
  • Mathematics
  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Career Exploration
  • Research Methods
  • Writing for the Sciences

In addition, student services include:

  • College Tours and Visitation
  • Tutorial Support
  • Cultural Enrichment
  • Science and Engineering Research
  • Research Opportunities & Presentations
  • Final College Trip
  • Stipends for Travel


Mission Statement

The Mission of Upward Bound Math and Science is to:

  • Stimulate and advance interest in mathematics, science, and computer technology,
  • Challenge students to perform to the best of their ability,
  • Provide a unique residential, academic, exploratory, hands-on experience, and
  • Encourage high school students to realistically consider the attainment of a post-secondary degree in mathematics or the sciences.

Who can apply?

You should join the program and participate if:

  • You are a Kansas high school student or in the eighth grade and are about to enter high school
  • You would like to go to college, but don't yet know how to apply or qualify for college
  • You have the interest and enthusiasm for new, exciting experiences and friendships
  • You want to pursue a career in science, mathematics, engineering, or a related area
  • You are eager for the knowledge and opportunities that only college can bring you
  • Neither parent in the home has earned a bachelor’s degree; or
  • Your income level does not exceed federal guidelines for the program

How can I join?

  • Let your School Counselor know that you are interested in applying, or
  • Call Upward Bound Math Science at Wichita State University 316-978-3316 or 800-531-4984.

For more information, please call 316-978-3316 or 800-531-4984, email or stop by Brennan Hall 1, Room 114

Upward Bound Math Science Center
1845 Fairmount Box 156
Wichita, KS 67260-0156
Tel: 316-978-3316 or 800-531-4984