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
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
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