Upward Bound Math & Science

Upward Bound Math & Science (UBMS) is a year-round pre-college program for 9-12 grade students to help them realize their potential to excel in math & science; expose them to STEM majors and careers; and encourage students to pursue college degrees in these fields. UBMS students must be a first-generation college student or meet income eligibility guidelines. UBMS is funded through the US Department of Education and sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. All services are FREE!

Services provided by UBMS include:
  • Tutoring
  • Individualized Academic Advising
  • Career Exploration
  • College Admissions information and application assistance
  • Financial aid and scholarship information and application assistance
  • Academic, Study and Professional Skills Workshops
  • College Campus Visits
  • Cultural Activities
  • Mandatory 6-Week Summer Program
  • Parent Workshops
  • Bi-Weekly Stipends for Participants – Not only are all services FREE, but participants can also earn up to $40 a month during the academic year and $60 a month during the summer months.

Program Components

Academic School Year

  • Students attend after school tutoring on the UWM campus at least two days a week.
  • Attend scheduled meetings with UBMS advisors to discuss students’ academic performance.
  • Other scheduled academic enrichment workshops and cultural activities.

Summer Program

  • Students attend classes, tutoring sessions, academic workshops, and educational and cultural activities.


Students must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or a permanent resident
  • Have a household income that meets low-income guidelines established annually by the federal government
  • Be a potential first-generation college graduate; students whose parent(s)/guardian(s) did not graduate from a four-year college or university
  • Be in high school (grades 9-12)
  • Want to go to college after high school graduation
  • Attend a target school or live in the target area
  • Target schools are: Bay View High School, Casimir Pulaski High School, Milwaukee Marshall High School, Reagan IB High School, Riverside International High School, and Rufus King International High School
  • The target area is:
    Target Area map

Preferences given to students:

  • In 9th and 10th grade
  • With a strong interest in math, science or engineering
  • Who attend Rufus King International High School, Bay View High School, Riverside International High School, Reagan IB High School, Casimir Pulaski High School and Milwaukee Marshall High School
  • Who plan to remain in the program through graduation from high school
  • Who participate in the fall and spring tutoring twice a week
  • Who participate in and complete the six week summer program each year
  • Who attend all workshops, college visits, academic and social activities

How to Apply

Students who are interested in applying for the Upward Bound Math and Science program, must have their parents complete a pre-enrollment form and submit with a copy of their most recent grade report/transcripts. The form may be submitted via email by sending to karibh@uwm.edu, by fax at 414-229-3643 or by postal mail at PO Box 413 Mitchell Hall Suite 205 Milwaukee, WI 53211.


Kari Brownholland

Brandy Williams
Academic Advisor

Contact Us

Telephone: 414-229-4434
Fax: 414-229-3643

Office Location:

Mitchell Hall, Suite 205
3203 N Downer Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Mailing Address:

Upward Bound Math and Science
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413