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Congressman Gonzalez Announces More Than $250,000 to UTRGV for Upward Bound Math and Science Program

September 14, 2017
Press Release

EDINBURG, TX — Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) $277,134 in federal funding for the Upward Bound Math and Science Program.

The Upward Bound Math and Science program is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of participating students. The goal of the program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science, encourage students to pursue postsecondary degrees, and ultimately launch careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

“We are seeing more and more technological advancements, and we need UTRGV students to be a part of that innovation," Congressman Gonzalez said. "With these funds, we will not only see more students in STEM, but a more diverse STEM sector. Thank you to the U.S. Department of Education for awarding this important grant and continuing to give more students the chance to thrive.”

Program services include: summer programs with intensive math and science training; year-round counseling and advisement; exposure to university faculty members who conduct research in mathematics and the sciences; and participant-conducted scientific research under the guidance of faculty members or graduate students, who also serve as mentors.

President of University of Texas Rio Grande Valley President, Guy Bailey, was pleased to receive the funding the University’s STEM programs.

“Student success is at the core of everything we do at UTRGV, and this grant will help support that initiative by encouraging students to pursue postsecondary degrees and careers in the STEM fields,” President Bailey said. “I’d like to thank Congressman Gonzalez and everyone involved who helped our university obtain this grant.”