University of Wisconsin-Madison

Upward Bound

Students work to extract meteorites from the ice. <br />Photo by:  B. and T. King
Students work to extract meteorites from the ice.
Photo by: B. and T. King

Upward Bound provides opportunities for high school students from low-income families, whose parents didn’t attend college, to succeed in higher education. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rates at which participants enroll in and graduate from postsecondary institutions. Since 2004, IceCube has provided curriculum and support for the Upward Bound summer program at UW-River Falls.

  • The Upward Bound class is taught by teachers* and researchers with Antarctic field experience.
  • High school students receive Math and Science enrichment instruction based on IceCube related topics.
  • The Instructors also have served as mentors for pre-service teachers, who hone their teaching skills by observing and assisting with the classes.
  • Opportunities for practicing teachers range from graduate courses on bringing IceCube science to the classroom to participating in the Upward Bound instruction to enhance curriculum, content, and pedagogy skills.

* Teachers have participated in the National Science Foundation supported TEA (Teachers Experiencing the Antarctic and Arctic program and PolarTREC programs.

For more information contact Jim Madsen at