The following was published about MESA in the Legislative News:
“The Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) Community College Program (MCCP) was highlighted at a House Higher Education Committee work session on Tuesday, Feb. 25. MESA provides under-represented students academic and transfer-support services to help them excel and ultimately attain four-year degrees in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) fields. Started in California, the program has successfully been replicated in over a dozen states.
Six colleges — Columbia Basin College, Edmonds Community College, Highline Community College, Olympic College, Seattle Central Community College, Yakima Valley Community College — have participated in a pilot project for the past five years partly funded through a National Science Foundation grant. The grant expires June 30, 2015.
The House Appropriation Committee’s 2014 supplemental budget proposal includes $410,000, one year’s worth of funding to continue the MCCP pilot programs at the six colleges.
James Dorsey, Washington MESA executive director explained how the dedicated support and services — especially the sense of community and connection — help students excel. Services include student orientation, advising, dedicated study centers, STEM career exploration and transfer assistance.
Jeff Wagnitz, Highline Community College vice president of academic affairs, said MESA was a great match for Highline. With 70 percent students of color, the college serves one of the most diverse communities in the state. And Highline has a long academic tradition of STEM programs and resources, including engineering and robotics, a math resource center, computer information systems and cyber-security programs, chemistry and physics labs, science seminars, and the Marine Science and Technology (MaST) Center.
Chera Amlag, Highline Community College MESA director, gave an overview of the program’s academic supports, including Academic Excellence Workshops, the STEM Gateway Course, collaboration with math resource and tutoring centers, individual and group study, success seminars, scholarship, internship, and undergraduate research resources.
Kalani Plunkett, Highline MCCP electrical engineering student, said, “When I told my friends and family that I wanted to be an electrical engineer, they laughed at me.”
But thanks to MCCP at Highline, he gained study skills needed to succeed and connected with university engineering programs and working professionals.
“MESA has a pay it forward philosophy,” Plunkett explained. He eventually became a physics, calculus, and chemistry tutor himself, reaching back to help other students in the same way he’d been helped. He’s been accepted into the engineering programs at Washington State University and University of Michigan.
Lydia Smith, Highline MCCP second year nursing student, was in the military and had been out of school for 13 years. She said the value of MESA connections goes well beyond academic support, with opportunities for scholarships, internships, and friendship.
“MESA is more than just a place to study,” she said. “It’s a community and family that gives us support to keep each other from falling through the cracks.”
A coveted research internship at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has sparked Smith’s goal to earn a PhD in research and development of bacteriophages (viruses that infect and replicate within bacteria) as antibiotics.”
To read the entire story please click here: Legislative News
Attention middle school MESA girls are you in grades 6th, 7th, or 8th, do you enjoy math and science? And are you already thinking about your future?
Expanding Your Horizons, is a conference that will be hosted at
Washington State University on Saturday March 22, 2014. Space is available to 150 girls from the Tri-Cities and Yakima Valley area. This conference will provide career information and role models for middle school girls. Professional women share their enthusiasm, education requirements and salaries earned while working in a scientific, technical and financial careers. These presenters will not lecture students but involve them in various ways to
create hands-on experiences in each workshop. Please stay tuned with your MESA middle school teacher to see how you can register for this conference. More information as the date approaches.
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I am happy to announce that we are having our first Saturday Academy this Saturday, February 22nd from 9am – 3pm. This saturday the academy will focus on Marine Biology with the first session covering Watersheds, Oceans and Tide pool Critters.
The applications for two exciting scholarship opportunities are open now. Please apply as soon as possible!
The Leadership 1000 Scholarship provides up to $25,000 to students who need assistance attending an eligible four-year college or university in Washington state. Please take a moment to review the eligibility criteria on our website if you have students who may be eligible.
The online application can be completed on our website, and must be submitted by March 31.
For more information or questions about the Leadership 1000 Scholarship please contact Lauren Hardin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.877.655.4097
There are only a few days left for students to apply for the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship, which provides up to $17,000 for low- and middle-income students pursuing eligible, high-demand majors in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and health care.
Applications must be submitted by 5 pm on Monday February 24. Students must mail their official transcripts and submit the FAFSA online by the application deadline. Late transcripts will not be accepted.
Additional eligibility information as well as a promotional flyer and sample application are available on our website. For information or questions about WSOS, call the toll free number: 1-877-899-5002
The Tacoma/South Puget Sound MESA Program will be hosting its 14th annual MESA Day on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, from 9:00am to 1:00pm at Pacific Lutheran University. MESA students from four school districts will be gathering to compete in our local engineering competition for K-12 students. Students have been working on specific engineering challenges throughout the year and now their hard work will be on display at this event. We are expecting over 300 elementary, middle, and high school students and we need your help!
We invite you to become a volunteer by being a contest judge or even a contest scorekeeper. There are various volunteer roles that you can choose from. Please register online today!
Please volunteer here at the Tacoma MESA Day Volunteer Registration site. At the bottom of the registration form on our website are descriptions of various volunteer roles and MESA Day activities. This information can help you fill out the volunteer registration form.
Thank you in advance for volunteering and please feel free to tell a co-worker or friend.
Washington MESA and OSPI are cohosting an Engineering Summit on February 11, 2014. to share knowledge, ideas, and expertise on pre-service and in-service teacher preparedness to meet the Engineering standards in the Next Generation Standards. The summit brings together the strength and expertise of regional informal and formal educators and industry partners to thinking about approaches to engineering instruction in K-12.
Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Hosted by Microsoft at the Redmond Conference Center on May 17, 2014 Washington MESA Day represents a one-day event of excitement and academic challenges for Middle and High School MESA students from MESA Centers across the state of Washington.With their teachers, parents, center coordinators, and Directors regional winners participate in challenges in mathematics, design engineering, and scientific research presentations.
Students compete for prizes and awards which allows them to develop valuable academic and social skills as they participate in hands-on learning, team management, communication, and leadership in both oral and written Challenges. The winner of the challenge will go on to compete in the national competition in June.
WA MESA Day is open to the public, although only MESA middle and high schools students are eligible to participate and compete.
WA MESA DAY 2014 is on May 17, in Redmond, WA. To volunteer at this event please fill out the registration form which will be located here on the Washington MESA Day 2014 Volunteer Page. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the MESA Curriculum Director Dr. Phyllis Harvey-Buschel at email@example.com.
REGISTRATION for the Washington competition is available here on the Washington MESA Day 2014 Registration page.
MESA National Competition:
Fostering collaboration with Washington State’s rich community of scientists and engineers, MESA students will showcase their talents for future careers in STEM fields. For example, in the Robotics – Prosthetics Arm competition students will compete with a technical paper, oral and poster presentation. The winner of the WEC will go on to compete in the National MESA Challenge hosted by Oregon MESA from June 20-2, 2014. See the MESA USA site for more details.
The Syracuse University Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Research Program is a paid summer research opportunity that provides undergraduate scholars with the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty and staff as well as network with others in their field of interest. Student scholars have the opportunity to conduct and present research over a ten-week period under the direction of a faculty research mentor at Syracuse University.
Through this program, scholars will gain theoretical knowledge and practical training in academic research and scientific experimentation. The SU LSAMP research program was developed to aid in the retention of traditionally underrepresented groups in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
What are the benefits?
- $3400 research stipend
- Round-trip travel stipend of up to $150*
- Free double occupancy room on the SU campus
- State-of-the-art laboratories, libraries, computers, etc.
- Meals provided during group events
*For students living outside of the Syracuse area
Who is eligible?
- Students must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident and African American, Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Native Pacific Islander.
- Applicants must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 2.80 or better
- Have completed at least two semesters of college
Participants may NOT take courses during the summer program
Students may apply for research opportunities in any of the following STEM disciplines: Biology, Biomedical and Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Earth Science, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Information Studies, Mathematics, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Physics.
Application Deadline: March 7, 2014
Notification of acceptance April 1
MAIL COMPLETED APPLICATIONS TO:
Tamara N. Hamilton
Co-PI, Upstate Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ULSAMP)
Director, Syracuse University LSAMP
Center for Graduate Preparation and Achievement
203 Bowne Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244
SU LSAMP: http://cgpa.syr.edu/lsamp/
ULSAMP alliance: http://www.ulsamp.org
A copy of the application can be found by clicking on this link: LSAMP Summer Research Student Application and a copy of the recommendation form can be found by clicking on this link: LSAMP Summer Research Application Faculty Recommendation Form
The Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University invites students from your program to apply for the 2014 Undergraduate Summer Research Grant (USRG) Program. During this summer research experience, participants work closely with faculty members on current or individual research projects, attend development and GRE workshops, make a formal poster presentation of their research experience, and submit a final written report describing the results of their research.
Additional information and the application can be found at http://easa.tamu.edu/usrg.
Deadline: Monday, February 10, 2014.
1. Interest in and a desire to actively participat
e in ongoing or individual research projects
2. Minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA (those who fall below will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
3. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
4. Major in engineering or related science or math curriculum
5. Completed sophomore year (at least 60 hours) by the end of Spring 2014 (exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis)
6. Plan to graduate no sooner than December 2014
Each participant will receive a $5,000 scholarship for support during the ten weeks. The program will also pay tuition and fees for one credit hour of a required independent study/research; provide housing; and pay up to $400 for travel expenses for non-TAMU participants.
If you or your students have any questions about the program or application process, please contact Matthew Pariyothorn at USRG@tamu.edu or979-845-7200.