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 pgharvey@uw.edu.

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

SU LSAMP: http://cgpa.syr.edu/lsamp/

ULSAMP alliance: http://www.ulsamp.org

Syracuse Engineering Program: http://engineeringonline.syr.edu/

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 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.

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 http://science-ed.pnnl.gov/students/precollege/srapguide.stm.

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 http://science-ed.pnnl.gov/students/precollege/ywisguide.stm.

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 | kathy.feaster@pnnl.gov

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

The UW Computer Science & Engineering Computing Open House

What field connects people around the world, helps identify voter fraud, helps increase access to education and has a 19% projected job growth through 2020?  Computing!  Join us on Saturday, December 7th from 1-5pm at the UW Computer Science & Engineering Computing Open House to find out more about this exciting field.  UW students, faculty and academic advisors along with representatives from local companies will lead demos and hands-on activities on cutting edge computing technologies.

Learn more and RSVP: https://www.cs.washington.edu/openhouse


The Latino Report References MESA

Washington MESA was highlighted in the Winter 2013 Investing in our Collective Future Creating Prosperity in Washington State Through Latino Higher Education Attainment as a model of success to convey the importance of actualizing the adage or well-known dicho: “Si Se Puede!”.

MESA was recognized as a select program within the state of Washington that has made a significant difference in positively altering the pathway of Latino students and raising Latino college transition and completion rates.

For more information regarding MESA’s part please visit the Washington MESA website or contact James Dorsey at jdorsey@uw.edu.

Tacoma MESA Day Volunteers Needed

Attached you will find a Volunteer flyer that has a link to our website. This flyer will allow you to register as a judge/volunteer. MESA Day is scheduled for Tuesday, March 25, 2014 and we are in high hopes that you will continue to work with us to help our students reach their full potential. Please spread the word to any other individuals who may be interested.

If you have any questions, please contact us at our Main Office: (253) 535-7190 between 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. We are eager to hear back from all of you as we come together to make this next MESA Day the success it has been for the past 30 years.


Washington MESA Supports State Adoption of Next Generation Science Standards

SEATTLEWashington MESA leadership, teachers and students played a role in the review process for a new set of k-12 state science standards, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), officially adopted earlier this month. Gov. Jay Inslee and State Superintendent Randy Dorn made the announcement at Cascade Middle School in the Highline School District.

Washington was a lead partner in the two-year review process and is the eight state in the Widespread input in Washingtoncountry to adopt the NGSS. The standards are based on the National Research Council’s “Framework for K-12 Science Education” which outlines the practices, fundamental concepts and core ideas needed to prepare students to become 21st century mathematicians, scientists and engineers.

Washington MESA, administered through the University of Washington Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity, is a program that provides enriching opportunities in mathematics, engineering and science for underrepresented students, minorities and girls in grades k-14.

“Recognizing Washington MESA as a valued partner in the development and implementation of the NGSS is a reflection of Washington state’s commitment to ensuing that all students have access to a quality education that prepares them for careers in the 21st century and for life,” said James Dorsey, Washington MESA executive director.

In 2012, MESA began to prepare teachers with information about new NGSS standards by offering professional development sessions in collaboration with Ellen Ebert, the Office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Science Director.

MESA also provided content and feedback for the Bias and Sensitivity process and wrote a letter of support for adoption to the state superintendent. MESA students were among the two student groups who reviewed and provided feedback on the standards o the national writers for the NGSS.

“We recognize the importance of ensuring that our constituent’s voices were represented and therefore invested over 60 hours reviewing the standards and providing feedback,” Dorsey said. “We were pleased to have played a role in informing NGSS’s review and adoption process.”

For more information, please contact Dorsey at jbdorsey@uw.edu or 206-616-7739. Additional information is also on the Washington MESA web site. The press release announcing the NGSS standards is available on the OSPI web site.