FSU’s Upward Bound Math & Science Program Seeks to Help to Decrease COVID Learning Loss for Cumberland County High School Students

As students return to school this fall, many high school children will begin their academic year with achievement levels lower than where they were at the beginning of summer break. Historically, this is referred to as summer learning loss.  So, what about COVID learning loss?  According to Dr. Teresa Thompson-Pinckney, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Access & Student Success “We are here to help.  There has been substantial learning loss as a result of the pandemic, and many high school students who have historically done well in math and science have seen a decrease in their grades over the past year.”  Fayetteville State University’s Upward Bound Math & Science Program (UBMS) is currently providing virtual summer programming to prepare students for returning to school.  For those who join the program now, they will receive continued support throughout the rest of their high school years to stay on track and pursue a college degree.  The program has limited spaces available and is accepting applications for student enrollment into the summer program.  UBMS students receive a stipend each time they attend an activity and lunch is provided daily.  

To be eligible for the program, students must be rising 9th, 10th, and 11th graders enrolled in a Cumberland County School.  “We know that high school students have Zoom and Google fatigue and want to have a face-to-face experience.  While our program is virtual this summer, we have engaging activities that go beyond the camera.  All new students receive a backpack swag bag with educational supplies and will participate in hands-on STEM activities along with projects facilitated by great educators that they can work on from the comfort of their homes.  We need students to join now and take advantage of this immersive fall experience at FSU.” said Dr. Thompson-Pinckney.  

For additional information about eligibility to join the program, call 910-672-1677, email anellis01@uncfsu.edu, and apply at https://botform.compansol.com/202014553584046. In addition, please share this video about the program with friends, family, and on social media. https://vimeo.com/566640598.

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  • Academic instruction in math, research, English, and science at Saturday Academy 
  • Tutorial services 
  • Exposure to a variety of colleges and universities 
  • Mentoring programs 
  • Workshops on study skills, math anxiety, note-taking, and test-taking skills. 
  • Exposure to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers 
  • Assistance in completing college admissions and financial aid applications 
  • Assistance in preparing for the SAT/ACT and/or PSAT/PLAN 
  • A six-week summer research program 

The Upward Bound Math & Science Program (UBMS) is a federally funded college preparatory program designed to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in science and technology, engineering, and math.  To learn more about Upward Bound Math & Science, visit www.uncfsu.edu/upwardboundms.

About Fayetteville State University: Fayetteville State University is a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina System and the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state, having been founded in 1867. FSU is a historically black university offering degrees at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels. With more than 6,700 students, Fayetteville State University is among the most diverse institutions in the nation. 

To learn more about Fayetteville State University, visit www.uncfsu.edu.