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FSU Upward Bound Students Research the Brain

"In Search of the Brain," the theme of last summer's Upward Bound Program at Frostburg State University, kept its participants busily occupied with focused academic research and related activities. Using Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences (MI) model, the students used a multi-disciplinary approach, with related studies in math, science, literature and writing.

Upward Bound is a national, federally funded program designed to provide students with the skills and motivation necessary to succeed in high school and afterwards in college. In Allegany County, FSU's Upward Program serves 60 students during the summer and the academic year.

All of last summer's program activities reflected the theme of multiple intelligences. In science classes, students explored the brain's anatomy and physiology. The residential component of the program reinforced and expanded their studies in multiple intelligences with related activities.

The students also enjoyed a variety of field trips designed with the program's theme in mind. For example, they visited Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob houses near Ohiopyle, Pa. to explore the famous architect's use of his various intelligences. A highlight of the summer was a four-day journey to Canada to visit Niagara Falls and Toronto that was jam-packed with activities.

In Toronto, students stayed on the campus of Victoria University. A bus tour not only oriented them to their new surroundings, but also exposed them to "Moose in the City," an art exhibit consisting of hundreds of life-size, individually decorated moose placed throughout the city. Sites visited included the CNN Tower, the world's tallest building; Casa Loma, a medieval-style castle; the Ontario Science Center; Ontario Place, located on the waterfront; and nearby Fort York. They also attended "The Lion King" at the Princess of Wales Theater.

While touring the Niagara Falls area, the students stayed at nearby Brock University. At the Falls, they enjoyed a Maid-of-the-Mist cruise, savored both breakfast and a spectacular view from Skylon Tower and participated in the Great Gorge Adventure alongside the Niagara River rapids.

FSU's Upward Bound's summer program consists of a six-week residential stay on the campus. Students attend academic classes every weekday morning, and take foreign language or SAT preparation electives during the afternoons. Other offerings include recreational activities such as trips to the Frostburg City Pool or Dan's Mountain State Park, art classes, guest speakers and programs, movies, variety shows, use of the game room and planetarium shows.

Through all of its programs, Upward Bound offers enrichment programs, tutoring, academic counseling, SAT preparation and pre-college seminars. Students are selected according to guidelines set forth by the U.S. Department of Education. Applications are competitive and are reviewed year-round. Interested students may contact the Upward Bound program at 301-687-4994 or visit its Web site at

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Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589