Two USC Upstate Upward Bound Students Gain Career Experience at Regional Math/Science Summer Camp

June 30, 2011 at 9:24 am

Spartanburg, S.C. – Two high school students who are enrolled in the Upward Bound program at the University of South Carolina Upstate have been selected to take part in the Claflin University PRISM (Pursuing Rewards in Science and Math) camp program. Joe Mayberry (left), a sophomore at Gaffney High School, and Tequez Drel Knight (right), a sophomore at Broome High School, are currently attending the six-week camp that is being held on the Orangeburg campus from June 12 to July 23. PRISM is primarily designed for students who have a career interest in a science, math, or technological related field. The camp gives students the chance to learn, do field-related research, and shadow a professional in the discipline of their choice.

Mayberry and Knight were among 154 applicants within eight regional states to apply to attend PRISM. Of those applicants, only 58 students were selected. Eligibility requirements included having a keen academic interest in a math or science career, being enrolled in grades 9-11, and coming from low-income and first generational households.

PRISM participants are living on the Claflin University campus and receiving academic instruction in concentrated areas such as, algebra 2, geometry, pre-calculus, calculus, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, English/literature, and basic Latin. They are also paired with professionals in the career field of engineering, education, nursing, pediatrics, and chiropractics to gain specialized knowledge in the area of their interest. Participants will also have the opportunity to travel to various cities and colleges to enhance their career awareness. They will visit such sites as the Bio-Technology Center at Claflin (Orangeburg, South Carolina), the South Carolina State Museum (Columbia, South Carolina), Center for Disease and Control (Atlanta, Georgia), Georgia Health and Science Center (Atlanta, Georgia), Morehouse College (Atlanta, Georgia), and Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia). They will also have a chance to visit a medical school and listen to scientists present their research.

Mayberry and Knight are proudly sponsored by the University of South Carolina Upstate Upward Bound program. Upward Bound is a federally-funded outreach program under the TRiO umbrella, primarily designed to propel high school students from low-income and first-generational household into students with promising futures. Mayberry and Knight are not only receiving a stimulating and enlightening summer experience but also vital lessons in their path to success.

To learn more about the PRISM program and the Upward Bound Program, contact Dr. Cassandra Mitchell at (864) 503-7402.