Joaquin Bustoz Math - Science Honors Program

Joaquin Bustoz Math - Science Honors Program
State
Arizona
Academic Level
Baccalaureate
Issue Area
Access
Key Personnel
Program Focus
Honors,
STEM

Overview

The Joaquin Bustoz Math-Science Honors Program (JBMSHP) seeks to increase the number of underrepresented students in the mathematics and science fields through an intense academic program that provides motivated students an opportunity to begin university mathematics studies before graduating high school. The program increases college access for first-generation and underrepresented students.

Program Description

JBMSHP is a summer residential mathematics program intended for mature and motivated high school students interested in academic careers requiring mathematics, science, or engineering-based coursework. The structure of the program facilitates interaction among diverse students from high schools throughout the state of Arizona in an academically challenging environment. Students join a community of peers with similar interests. The program’s structure includes dedicated and experienced faculty and staff who interact with the participants and closely monitor their progress. Students who participate in the program learn about commitment, self-discipline, and perseverance. JBMSHP creates an environment where students can focus on their studies, develop a strong academic work ethic, and become familiar with the university environment, resources, and faculty.

Outcome

  • Increased graduate degree attainment: From inception until 2017, 178 JBMSHP alumni have earned a graduate degree.
  • Increased degree completion: As of 2020, 72% of all JBMSHP alumni have graduated with an undergraduate or graduate degree. This is a 2% increase from 2016. 
  • Increased Latino graduation rates: 52% of all program alumni since 1985 are Latino.