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What is TRiO?
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Upward Bound Math/Science (UBMS) is a federally funded program through the United States Department of Education. Initially, there were three programs called TRiO. Now the programs have grown to a total of eight. The history of TRiO is a progressive one. The development of these programs emerged out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, in response to the administration's War on Poverty.


In 1990, the Education Department created the Upward Bound Math/Science program to address the need for specific instruction in the fields of math and science. 

UBMS is designed to support eligible high school students in becoming academically and socially/emotionally prepared to pursue and complete a four- year college education in a STEM-related career field.


Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has five TRiO Upward Bound (UB) programs targeting specific high schools in the area. Two programs serve Collinsville Community Unit School District #10 and three programs are serving East St. Louis, Brooklyn, Cahokia and Madison school districts.

In addition to our high school UB programs, SIUE has a Veteran's Upward Bound program designed to motivate and assist veterans in the development of academic and other requisite skills necessary for acceptance and success in a program of post-secondary education.

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Who we serve:

 • Collinsville High School students ONLY

• Collinsville Middle School 8th graders are recruited to participate in the summer after their graduation and prior to entering high school.

•  Once accepted, students remain in the program throughout high school and into college!

To be eligible:

•  Participants must be from a low-income family and/or be a first-generation college student, according to the federal guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education.  

INCOME ELIGIBILITY:  Is based off of the previous year's taxable income for the household.  If applying during the 2019-2020 academic year, you would use 2018 taxes to determine eligibility (regardless of your current status).

FIRST-GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENT ELIGIBILITY: Is a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor's degree. Students whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have taken some college coursework (including, an associate's degree or even a year from completing their four-year degree) are still eligible.


For consideration:


  • Applicants must complete the UBMS application in its entirety for review.                          

  • Once eligibility is determined and if there is space available, an interview will be scheduled to clarify expectations, answer questions and determine whether the applicant should be accepted.                                                                                

  • Prior to acceptance,  grades, test scores, behavior, attendance, and teacher/staff recommendations are reviewed.                                                           

  • Students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher and demonstrate an aptitude for math and science.  ​​                                                                              

  • All students are  provisionally accepted until they have demonstrated their commitment to the UBMS program and its mission.

In The News
SIUE Upward Bound Program Comes to Collinsville High School

For the first time, pre-collegiate programming is being offered at Collinsville High School (CHS), under the direction of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Center (ESLC) Upward Bound (UB) program. The new offering also creates a partnership between SIUE and Collinsville Community Unit School District #10 that has not previously existed. 

“SIUE is excited to work with Collinsville High School for the betterment of students in the area,” said Timothy Staples, EdD, ESLC director. “When I came to the school, it was clear that everyone is vested in the success of the students.”  

“Collinsville Community Unit School District #10 and the Board of Education are excited about the Upward Bound partnership with SIUE, and the positive impact the program will have on first-generation college students,” said Dr. Mark B. Skertich, CUSD #10 superintendent. 


October 23, 2019

Collinsville High School Students Observe the Beginning of Upward Bound Programming

Mostly everyone wants to be accepted – and for a group of Collinsville High School (CHS) students, parents, family members and guardians, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Upward Bound Program Acceptance Ceremony was especially sweet. 


November 15, 2019

SIUE Upward Bound Math & Science Students Talk with STEM Experts
What do a surgeon, a registered nurse, a software developer and an engineering professor all have in common?  They were all guests at a STEM Career Day, hosted by the SIUE Collinsville's Upward Bound's Math and Science (UBMS) program.
UBMS held its annual STEM Career Day.  This year, due to COVID-19 it is scheduled as a STEM Summer Speaker Series. The meetings run from 11 a.m. - Noon each Thursday through July 16.
Each week boasts four-eight experts in the 


June 26, 2020

SIUE Upward Bound Math & Science Students Celebrate Learning and Achievement Accolades

Highlights of lessons learned and rewards for learning exploits took center stage at a summer awards ceremony hosted by the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Center's Collinsville Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) program.  UBMS held its Zoom Showcase and Awards Banquet on Thursday, July 23.


"Our summer awards program highlighted the amazing job our students, teachers and staff did this year - and all online," touted UBMS Program Director Desiree Tyus.   


July 30, 2020

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SIUE Upward Bound Math & Science Prepares Seniors for College


Four Collinsville High School seniors, recipients of a total of $84,200 in scholarships, are headed to college this fall, thanks in part to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Center’s Collinsville Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) program. 


Three of the Collinsville upperclassmen – Claudia De La Cruz, Sierra Hoffmann and America Gutierrez-Trejo – have selected SIUE as their college of choice, according to UBMS Program Director Desiree Tyus. UBMS student Donald Thomas, of Pontoon Beach, is enrolling in the University of Illinois Champaign – Urbana. 

April 29, 2021

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