UMF TRIO Upward Bound receives federal grants to help high school students pursue STEM careers

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FARMINGTON, ME  (October 29, 2018)—The TRIO Upward Bound program at the University of Maine Farmington recently received two federal supplemental grants to support STEM education and academic support throughout the academic year and summer program.

The two $40,000 grants awarded to Upward Bound have been designed to foster academic success in STEM subjects and inspire students to consider careers in STEM-related fields. Initiatives include increasing STEM-focused tutoring, creating partnerships in STEM fields in order to give students access to work-based learning opportunities, and developing integrated STEM coursework throughout the curriculum.

In addition, students will participate in a STEM Career Day at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, the Maine Engineers Week Expo at the University of Southern Maine, and multi-day trip to visit various STEM and computer science-related companies in Southern Maine supported by Educate Maine’s Project Login.

The six-week summer program STEM curriculum will include coding, 2D and 3D design and Virtual Reality offerings. Educational experiences will be enhanced with the creation of a  Makerspace in collaboration with the University of Maine at Farmington Mantor Library.

TRIO Upward Bound at the University of Maine at Farmington is a federally funded, non-profit college-access program for low-income high school students who will be the first in their families to attend college. UMF UB serves 139 students from fourteen target high schools in the western and central regions of Maine.

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Media contact Eric Pratt, academic counselor and STEM coordinator by email at or by phone at  (207) 778-7279.

April Mulherin
UMF Associate Director for Media Relations
office: 207-778-7081
cell: 207-491-0064

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