The Joaquin Bustoz Math-Science Honors Program at Arizona State University is a summer residential program for high school students to begin mathematics studies before graduating high school.  The program is designed to provide a successful university experience for students from underrepresented groups within the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields to enhance their prospects for future academic success.  Students are registered in a university-level mathematics course for credit and there is no cost to the student.

JBMSHP Overview


3,101 total students have participated in the JBMSHP.


73% of participants are typically underrepresented in STEM fields


58% of participants have been female.


87% of participants have received an A or B in their summer course.


59% of JBMSHP alumni attended ASU after high school graduation.

The JBMSHP offers a number of resources available to the students as they transition from high school to college. While the JBMSHP alumni are still enrolled in high school, they receive frequent electronic correspondence from the JBMSHP staff members ranging from a variety of topics including scholarship opportunities, assistance with college admissions, as well as prospects with regard to financial aid. Once JBMSHP alumni have matriculated to ASU, the JBMSHP continues to support and encourage these students to maintain high academic standards as they pursue their educational and career choices.

JBMSHP honors and awards

  • STEM PUSH Network: Since 2021, the JBMSHP has been a member of the STEM PUSH Network. The STEM PUSH Network, an NSF INCLUDES Alliance, is working to leverage the power of pre-college STEM programs (PCSPs) to broaden participation of Black, Latina/o/e, and Indigenous students in STEM, and, together with its partners, create systemic change in higher education admissions.
  • Inspiring Programs in STEM Award presented by INSIGHT Intro Diversity, which recognizes the effort that colleges, universities, and outside organizations have undertaken to empower underrepresented and women students of all levels to succeed in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines (2021). 
  • National finalist for Examples of Excelencia, an initiative to identify and promote programs, departments, and community-based organizations at the forefront of advancing educational achievement for Latino students in higher education. The JBMSHP was one of only 20 programs out of 190 nominations selected (2016).   
  • Pathways to Postsecondary Integrated Impact Award by the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education, which recognizes successful college access programs across the State of Arizona that assist students and families as they prepare for, transition to or succeed in postsecondary education (2015).  
  • Pathways to Higher Education Award presented by the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education in honor of significant leadership in the field of college outreach, transition, and student success (2007).