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Cibola sends three students to ASU math-science program

Cibola High School seniors Benjamin Cabrera and Clarissa Sanchez Romero and junior Cassandra Sanchez participated in the Joaquin Bustoz Math-Science Honors Program this summer at Arizona State University.

“I valued the amount of resources that we were given,” Sanchez Romero said. “We were given up to 7 hours of tutoring a day (some hours mandatory, some optional). We then spent 2 hours of lecture with our math professor. During these hours, we had chances to ask questions to better our knowledge and confidence in math. The tutors and professors made sure no one ever left the room feeling unsure about a topic.”

According to ASU’s website, the students were involved in an intense academic program that provided motivated students an opportunity to begin university mathematics and science studies before graduating high school. The program is designed to provide a successful university experience for students who are underrepresented in the mathematics and science fields and to enhance their prospects for future academic success.

“The mathematics were tough and provided many sleepless nights, but in the end I still learned greatly,” Cabrera said.

More than 2,700 students from around the state have endured the program’s rigor over the years with nearly 60 percent of those students going on to attend ASU.

“Everyone goes through almost the same thing; either staying up late to finish up homework or going to tutoring when needed,” Sanchez said. “You build routines, time management, confidence, and so much more. This program is well-suited for students who want to increase their knowledge in mathematics or even simply just anyone who wants to have a great summer.”

Participants live on ASU’s Tempe campus while enrolled in a university level mathematics course for college credit. Participants attend class six hours per day. Homework is assigned daily, quizzes are given twice a week, tests are given weekly, and students conduct research to present at a poster symposium. Tutoring and problem solving sessions are provided in the evenings. A variety of academic presentations and activities are scheduled during each session. Tuition, room and board, textbooks, and classroom expenses are provided.

To be eligible for the program students must be: Full-time high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors enrolled in college-track courses, have a minimum cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.25 and a minimum grade of "B" in all high school math and science courses taken to date.

Sophomores may apply, provided they have completed a minimum of three years of high school mathematics by the end of the 2017-18 academic year, while seniors may apply, provided they plan to attend ASU in the fall of 2018.

Eric Patten