The Ohio State University Trio Upward Bound program has been awarded a one-time supplemental award of $40,000 for 2018. This award is in addition to the current fiscal year continuation award under the existing Trio Upward Bound grant. These supplemental dollars are earmarked to provide STEM programming for Trio Upward Bound students. Trio Upward Bound, Columbus campus, will be using these funds to collaborate with both the College of Engineering as well as the College of Nursing in the design of summer camp opportunities for students who participate in the 2019 Trio Upward Bound Summer Institute. During the institutes students will be provided increased access to STEM coursework, including computer science, forensics and other hands-on apprenticeships and learning opportunities.
The Ohio State ATI Upward Bound also received a supplemental grant of $37,554 for STEM programming. ATI Upward Bound is partnering with Drs. Victor C. Ujor and Thaddeus C. Ezeji, professors at Ohio State, to provide hands-on laboratory learning during its 2019 summer program. OSU-ATI UB students will learn about the vital function of water and wastewater plants as well as the critical need for future water and wastewater plant operators. Students will explore the chemistry necessary to maintain Ohio's water infrastructure, working alongside Ohio State professors who work to create new and innovative ways to transform waste into biofuels. In addition to lab work, students will have a chance to visit several water plants in Ohio.
Housed within the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Upward Bound Program is one of the federal TRiO programs, which are educational opportunity outreach initiatives. TRiO programs are designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds. This includes outreach and support programs targeted to serve and assist low-income, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs.