On Saturday, May 24, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science celebrated its Upward Bound Math Science Program with an end of the year culmination and awards ceremony for its 2014 students. Upward Bound, one of the U.S. Department of Education’s TRIO programs, provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits, specifically in science, math and technology related fields. At the ceremony, students were recognized for their participation in the program and presented multiple video, photo and live demonstrations on their work throughout the program.
A highlight of the ceremony, five female seniors from the Upward Bound program received college access, cash awards on behalf of the Tania Madfes Memorial Fund. Established in 2013, the fund honors the memory of a gifted mathematic and science educator, Tania Madfes, who worked tirelessly to increase the representation of girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.
Alexander King, Senior at Northwestern High School, receives a JPMorgan Chase Recognition Award for $5,000 presented by Gillian Thomas, President and CEO at Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, and Judy Brown, Senior VP of Education at Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. The award presentation took place during the Museum’s Upward Bound Awards Ceremony held on Saturday, May 24, 2014. King joined the Museum’s Upward Bound program with the dream of pursuing a career in medicine. This fall, he will attend FIU Honor’s College to pursuer a career in the zoological sciences. JPMorgan Chase supports the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science through efforts aimed at providing students the opportunity to acquire STEM skills that can help them build careers.