UW Retirement Association

February 24, 2017

MESA helps students excel in STEM fields

MESAMathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) engages approximately 4,500 educationally disadvantaged students in Washington State with the aim of helping them excel in math and science and graduate with math-based degrees. MESA partners with all segments of higher education as well as K-12 institutions.

With a proven track record of over 40 years, MESA focuses on producing math-based graduates with an emphasis on traditionally underrepresented students in STEM fields, including African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, Pacific Islanders and women. MESA provides support such as classes, hands-on competitions, counseling, transfer support and a community environment to students from middle school through university.

Opportunities to be part of this transformative effort:

  • Enrichment Development and Instruction – Review MESA curriculum units designed to help students learn to succeed in STEM. Assist a teacher during a MESA class period when a student may need tutoring in math, science or engineering design.
  • Professional Development for Teachers – Facilitate or serve as a teacher mentor in MESA Summer Teacher professional development for K-12 teachers. The training is needed to ensure that teachers are able to effectively engage students in classroom, Saturday and after-school STEM activities.
  • MESA Day Preparatory Events – Coordinate volunteers, read and grade technical papers by students, or judge student work at these hands-on math and science and engineering and computer science competitions. These events give students a chance to showcase their work, meet like-minded students and vie for awards at both the regional and state levels. Seattle and Washington State MESA Days usually take place in April and May.

To learn more about MESA, visit the website HERE. Find a list of statewide MESA centers HERE. To learn more, contact Washington MESA Director of K-12 Programs Dr. Phyllis Harvey-Buschel at pgharvey@uw.edu or 206-685-8892.

Would you like to meet other UW retirees and be part of a UW Encore MESA cohort? Let us know at uwencore@uw.edu.