Summer program

JBMSHP summer 2023

The Joaquin Bustoz Math-Science Honors Program (JBMSHP) is intended for mature and motivated students who are interested in academic careers requiring mathematics, science, or engineering-based coursework and are typically underrepresented in those fields of study. Participants live on the Arizona State University (ASU) Tempe campus while enrolled in a university-level mathematics or computer science course worth 3 college credits. Students also learn valuable college and academic success information that will help them successfully transition to college. Selected participants include first-generation college-bound students and students representing diverse backgrounds from high schools throughout the State of Arizona, including rural communities and the Navajo Nation. 

Tuition, room and board, textbooks, and classroom materials are provided for selected students at no cost.

Applications will open in December.

Courses and dates

The following 3-credit university courses will be offered during the summer:

Date:  May 29-July 7

  • MAT 117: College Algebra
  • MAT 170: Pre-Calculus
  • MAT 265: Calculus for Engineers I
  • CSE 110: Principles of Programming with Java


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Cumulative 3.25 GPA (unweighted)
  • Earned at least "B" grades in high school math and science courses
  • Completed a minimum of three years of mathematics by the end of the 2022-2023 academic year
  • Current high school sophomore, junior or senior
  • High school seniors: Must be accepted to ASU and plan to attend ASU during the fall 2023 semester
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Must have lived in Arizona for the last 2 years

A selection committee reviews all complete applications. Participants are selected on the basis of academic achievement, letter of recommendation, and personal/career statement.

Special consideration is given to students who are first-generation college-bound. Statewide representation is also a consideration in student selection.

** The decisions of the selection committee are final.**

How to apply

Student application deadline: TBA

You will need the complete the following on the online application:

  1. Online application form (please note that you will need financial information from your parent/ guardian). 
  2. Upload your personal/ career statement (formatting requirements: 1-page, single-spaced, 1-inch margins, Times New Roman or Arial, 12 point font) in word or pdf.      
     Please include the following: 

                     * Your first and last name in the heading  

                     * Personal history and family background

                     * Academic and personal achievements

                     * Educational, college, and career goal

                     * What you hope to gain by attending the JBMSHP

  3. Upload an unofficial high school transcript (include fall 2022 semester and list of spring 2023 coursework)

Letter of recommendation deadline: TBA

In addition to completing the online application, a recommender will need to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf.

You will need ONE letter of recommendation from a mathematics or science teacher or school counselor. 

Recommenders can submit their letter of recommendation on the "Recommender" tab. 

Important dates

Date Information
February  Student application deadline
February  Recommender deadline to submit letter of recommendation
Early March Students notified of initial acceptance
Mid-March Initially accepted students will take the required ALEKS placement exam to determine final placement
Mid-April Students notified of final acceptance
TBD Students move into the residential hall
TBD Classes begin
TBD Final day of the JBMSHP


Letter of recommendation submission deadline: TBD

Students will need a recommender to submit a letter of recommendation for their application to be complete. Letters of recommendation must be written on school letterhead. 

Please address the following:

                 * Mathematics, science, and/or academic qualifications

                 * Personal attributes, including maturity and motivation

                 * College and career aspirations

                 * Other information relevant to the student's application.