Joaquin Bustoz Math - Science Honors Program

Arizona State University
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The Joaquin Bustoz Math-Science Honors Program (JBMSHP) at Arizona State University (ASU) is a summer residential mathematics program intended for mature and motivated high school students who are interested in academic careers requiring mathematics, science, or engineering-based coursework and who are typically underrepresented in those fields of study. Fifty percent (50%) of all JBMSHP alumni since 1985 have been Hispanic. The structure of the JBMSHP 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. The philosophy of the JBMSHP is that success in mathematics is predicated on discipline and hard work. Students who participate in the JBMSHP learn about commitment, self-discipline, and perseverance. The 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.

Program Description

The mission of the JBMSHP is to increase access, persistence, and success of students who are underrepresented in the mathematics and science fields and encourage and assist them in attending a college or university and complete a college degree. The JBMSHP aims to do this by: Providing quality programming for the JBMSHP participants to ensure the attainment of the quality curriculum. Expanding participation in the JBMSHP by increasing access of underrepresented students while maintaining quality and enhancing diversity. Implementing a program of assessment, evaluation, and improvement for the program participants, faculty, tutors, graders, and staff. Providing a safe and successful university experience for underrepresented high school students while participating in the JBMSHP. Increasing university graduation rates at ASU to 75% of all JBMSHP alumni by 2020 (currently, 70% of all JBMSHP alumni who attend ASU graduate with a bachelor’s degree.)


All JBMSHP alumni have graduated from high school and since 2005:

  • 1,042 past participants in the JBMSHP completed an undergraduate or graduate degree program at ASU
  • (as of spring 2017) JBMSHP alumni have earned 178 graduate degrees at ASU.
  • (as of spring 2017) Outside of ASU, alumni have gone on to attend and graduate from some of the most prestigious schools in the country such as MIT, Stanford, and Yale.
  • Two hundred and eighty (280) JBMSHP alumni are currently enrolled at a non-ASU college or university (as of spring 2017) ; 37% of those students are Hispanic.
  • In addition, 894 JBMSHP alumni have earned degrees from a non-ASU college or university; 45% of those students are Hispanic.
  • (as of fall 2016) 69% of the graduates completed degrees with a GPA of 3.0 or higher; 16.3% with a GPA of 3.75 or higher.
  • The average GPA of JBMSHP graduates is 3.24. (as of fall 2016) At ASU, JBMSHP alumni also earn higher grade point averages than their non-JBMSHP counterparts (as of fall 2016) Fall 2016 GPA at ASU JBMSHP Non-JBMSHP Engineering 3.46 3.10 Liberal Arts 3.41 3.01 Business 3.33 3.17 Health Solutions 3.25 3.00