Future U

Future U is a middle school initiative that focuses on career exploration, college awareness, and boosting self-efficacy among students who possess academic promise. Participants begin the program in the 6th grade and continue through the 8th grade. The program consists of hands-on activities that provide exposure to various academic disciplines. Students also participate in leadership development, cultural enrichment, and college exploration activities and programs.

Beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year, Future U will partner with the U-M Museum of Natural History to bring the Science for Tomorrow program to Future U. Science for Tomorrow is a STEM career outreach program for middle school students in communities that are underrepresented in STEM fields and on college campuses. The program goes beyond emphasizing STEM as a generic catchphrase and instead shows students real world examples of who scientists are and how science and research work. Highlights of this new partnership include:

  • Classroom science lessons
  • Campus visits that include learning about and working with students with other schools through science challenges
  • An overnight campus visit where students will visit labs and interact with researchers and instructors

Currently, Future U is offered to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students at Garden City Middle School, University Prep Academy Middle School, and Phoenix Multicultural Academy.


For more information about Future U, please contact:

Andrea Layton
Outreach Program Manager
734-764-6738
alayton@umich.edu