The Federal TRIO Programs are educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

TRIO includes six outreach and support programs targeted to serve and assist
low-income, first-generation college, and disabled students to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs. The Upward Bound Math/Science program allows the Department to fund specialized Upward Bound math and science centers.

The 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 and encourages them to pursue postsecondary degrees in these fields.

The Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS), founded by F.G. Walton Smith, is the University of Miami's graduate school of marine and atmospheric science. Dr. Otis Brown is the Dean of the Rosenstiel School. Located on a 16-acre campus on Virginia Key in Miami, it is the only subtropical applied and basic marine and atmospheric research institute of its kind in the continental United States.

RSMAS conducts a broad range of research on local, regional, national and global levels. More than 100 Ph.D. faculty members, 150 graduate students and a research support and administrative staff of 250 comprises the academic community. Close partnerships with NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory and the Southeast Fisheries Science Center, also located on Virginia Key, provide many mutually beneficial opportunities for collaboration.

The RSMAS campus, located just four miles from the Museum, provides the setting for our 6-week intensive marine science summer program.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools is a countywide school system, and it is the fourth largest system in the nation. Approximately 21.2 percent (76,188) of MDCPS students were born outside of the United States. Some 164 countries are represented on the student database for foreign-born students. Nearly 60 percent of M-DCPS students have a home language other than English.

The Museum works closely with the school district, recruiting students primarily from Region IV high schools, and the middle schools that feed into them.

Further, the school district provides access to the newly finished Biscayne Nature Center located in Crandon Park, just a few miles from the Museum and RSMAS campus, for the 6-week summer program.

College Summit is a national non-profit that is doubling the college enrollment rate of low-income, academically mid-tier students. By helping students show their whole selves to colleges, and helping schools, colleges and businesses better identify and prepare low-income talent, College Summit enables students to gain not only a greater likelihood of attending college, but also a clearer sense of their own potential.

The Museum has been working closely with College Summit for the past 4 years, taking students to workshops each summer, the result thus far being 100% enrollment in college among participating students.