TVW – The Way to Watch Government News

The leaders who founded TVW shared a vision to fill the void left by traditional news media’s waning coverage of the state capitol, and, like C-SPAN at the federal level, give citizens unbiased, unfiltered access to state government deliberations.

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This site provides a constant view of what is going on politically with the state government.

Seattle MESA Saturday Academy

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.

Two Exciting Scholarship Opportunities Open NOW!

The applications for two exciting scholarship opportunities are open now. Please apply as soon as possible!

Leadership 1000 Scholarship

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 or 1.877.655.4097


Washington State Opportunity Scholarship

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

Tacoma MESA Day Volunteers Needed

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.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at ( or call me at (253) 535-7198.

Thank you in advance for volunteering and please feel free to tell a co-worker or friend.

2014 Washington MESA and OSPI Engineering Summit

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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.

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Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Washington State MESA Day 2014

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

REGISTER HERE: 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 20-22, 2014. See the MESA USA site for more details.

2014 Syracuse University LSAMP Summer REU Program

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

Research Areas

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


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

Phone: 315.443.4282

Fax: 315.443.5683


ULSAMP alliance:

Syracuse Engineering Program:

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

NAMEPA: Undergraduate Summer Research – Texas A&M Engineering

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
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 or979-845-7200.

2014 – 2015 Washington State Opportunity Scholarship

Application is Now Open!

The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship application is now available on the website. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 24, 2014.

WashingtonOpportunityScholarshipThe Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) supports low- and middle-income students pursuing eligible high-demand majors in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or health care and encourages recipients to work in Washington state once they complete their degrees.

Students must meet additional eligibility criteria listed on the website.


Scholarship Overview & Application 

YVTC December Newsletter

YVTC MESA successfully hosted its annual Health Science Confer- ence at Columbia Basin College on 11-15-2013. With the support from our sponsors (WSU Tri-Cities, Battelle, HAPO, Kadlec, and SunWest Sportswear) and volunteer presenters, MESA was able to serve over 150 MESA students. A big THANKS to our sponsors and volunteer presenters, we appreciate your support.

YVTC MESA also hosted its annual Middle School Conference at Sierra Vista Middle School on 11-23-2013. With the support for our sponsors (WSU Tri-Cities, Battelle, HAPO, URS and SunWest Sportswear) and volunteer presenters, MESA was able to serve over 150 MESA students. Again, a big THANKS to our sponsors and volunteer presenters – for their support and help in making both conferences such a success. 






SRAP is an eight-week summer research-based experience for students who are members of ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering (Hispanic, Afri- can American or Native American in ethnic origin) and are current juniors or seniors in high school. The SRAP Application and Guidelines can be found at

YWiS is an eight-week summer research-based experience for young women who are current juniors or seniors in high school who meet the criteria to participate. The YWiS Application and Guidelines can be found at

Both programs are sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and are designed for stu- dents who have a background in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) and have an interest in and potential for a career in STEM fields.

If you have any questions about the application process or the programs, please contact Kathy Feaster Alley, Science and Engineering Education Consultant

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | 902 Battelle Boulevard | P.O. Box 999, MSIN K1-01 Richland, WA 99352 USA | Tel: 509-375-2569 | Fax: 509-375-3910 |

For more YVTC news and upcoming events please click and read the: YVTC_DecemberNewsletter