Opportunities

Become part of the Seattle MESA community! Take a look at our pages to read more about opportunities for teachers, students, volunteers, and parents. You can help on anything from a one-time, daylong program to year-long programs both in-school and in the local community. We welcome anyone interested in supporting underrepresented students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

Seattle MESA Offers:

Individual Academic Plans: These help Seattle MESA personnel monitor individual student progress.

Study skills training: Students learn the most effective techniques for academic achievement.

Career and college exploration: Guest speakers and field trips show students different college and career options.
Parent leadership development: Parents learn how to become effective advocates for their children’s academic success.
Teacher training opportunities: Annual institutes are offered for MESA pre-college teachers to learn hands-on curriculum and new techniques for teaching math and science.
Saturday Academies: One Saturday per month from October through May, Saturday Academy gives students a chance to learn from the UW faculty, who also design the curriculum. The topic this year is Marine Biology.
In-Class Model: Students enroll in a MESA math and/or science class at their school. Within the classroom the MESA teacher incorporates hands-on math and science projects to supplement the regular class curriculum.
Summer Math Scholars: Offered to incoming high school freshman, Summer Math Scholars is a 3-week summer math camp which prepares students for high school mathematics.
Tutoring: Students in the MESA program are offered tutoring by trained UW student volunteers.
Scholarships: Last year, we awarded over $12,000 in scholarships to college-bound seniors in the MESA program.
Afterschool/Club: With the help of the MESA Teacher and MESA Staff, students complete STEM related activities and college prep.
MESA Day: A celebration of students’ innovation, hard work, and interest in STEM fields. MESA Day provides a fun and exciting opportunity for middle and high school students to design and engineer projects, compete against their peers, and learn by doing.
 
We are always looking for new ways to motivate and support our teachers and students, so if you have an idea for a program or partnership that doesn’t exist, contact us! Thank you for your interest!

Students

New MESA Students

Welcome to Seattle MESA!  Your Teacher or MESA Staff will give you an AIF (Admission Information Form)  please fill it out and have your parent/guardian sign it, and then returned it to the MESA Teacher. We use the information in this form to better serve our students and their families. By tracking our students throughout the year, we can measure our programs’ impact on your progress.

Seattle MESA program sponsors field trips, hands-on activities, and guest speakers. In all, it is an outstanding opportunity for you to explore your potential in math, engineering and science.

 

For Current MESA Students

Students are at the heart of Seattle MESA that is why everything we do is with students in mind.  Seattle MESA offers several programs for middle and high school students.  High school students are eligible to enroll in MESA science and math classes if their high school provides one.  Also, graduating high school students who plan to enroll at a college or university are eligible to apply for MESA scholarships.

 

Benefits for MESA Students

Below are a list of incentives for you as a MESA Student. As a MESA Student, you will:

  • Have connections to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Professionals (speakers, mentorships, and access to UW organizations)
  • Materials for projects
  • Field Trips (relevant to program learning)
  • Competitions!  Prosthetic Arm Challenge, Youth Apps Challenge, Robotics Competition, etc.
  • Scholarships and internship opportunities
  • Academic support/Tutoring
  • Career Exploration
  • College Preparation
  • Saturday Academies
  • As a MESA Student you are expected to:
    • Maintain a strong GPA or show commitment that you are willing to improve your academic record
    • Continue on a STEM track (show that by the classes you take in school)
    • Attend MESA Day and Awards Reception

 

For Prospective MESA Students

If you do not have MESA in your school, direct your teacher to this website where they can find out more about MESA and contact us about how to become a MESA school.

Click the program name from the list below to learn more. For any questions about our programs please contact us.

Volunteers

For Current Volunteers

Thank you wonderful MESA volunteers, our programs would not be successful without you! Check out our Seattle MESA Facebook page  to see pictures of volunteers in action.

 

For Prospective Volunteers

Whether you have an hour to spare or a day, we encourage you to spend some time with the inspiring Seattle MESA Students. We welcome all sorts of volunteers including:

  • STEM Professionals
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Students
  • Industry Representative
  • Teachers, Instructors, Lectures, Professors, and Researchers
  • Anyone excited about working with underrepresented students pursuing a STEM career

If you are interested in becoming a MESA Volunteer, please contact us.

Click the program name from the list below to learn more.

Parents

New MESA Parents

Welcome to Seattle MESA! We’re pleased to inform you that your student has been selected to participate in MESA.

             Your child will bring an AIF (Admission Information Form) home that is to filled out and signed by you, the parent/guardian, and then returned to the MESA Teacher. We use the information in this form to better serve our students and their families. By tracking our students throughout the year, we can measure our programs’ impact on their progress.

             As the parent/guardian, you are the first person our students look up to and we want to partner with you as well to enhance your child’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education. We have events for parents that you will be informed of through your child’s school or you can contact Seattle MESA directly. Also, we encourage you to ask your child about what they are doing at MESA. Engage in conversations about what they like in STEM and how they might see a STEM field as a career in their future.

             The Seattle MESA program sponsors field trips, hands-on activities, scholarships, and guest speakers. In all, it is an outstanding opportunity for your child to explore their potential in science, technology, engineering and math, adding experiences over and above the other courses at their school.

 

Prospective MESA Parents

If you are interested in having your child participate in MESA, contact your child’s school. (You may also direct your school’s representative to this website for more information.) We work directly with schools to provide services to the students. You can also contact our Seattle MESA office and we can also reach out to your child’s school if it has no MESA program.

Click the program name from the list below to learn more. For any questions or if you would like more information about our programs please contact us.

Teachers

For Current Teachers

Thank you MESA Teachers! You are a key factor in our success and we value your passion and hard work. If you need any MESA activity materials, please call us at 206-616-2946 or email mesasa@uw.edu to reorder.

Professional Learning Opportunities

The next Teacher Professional Learning training is scheduled for Spring Quarter at the University of Washington. (Check back for more information.) If there are any topics or education trends you want covered, please email Martha at mgfp@uw.edu. Suggestions are always welcomed.

For Prospective Teachers

Become a MESA Teacher! As the first line of contact with students, teachers are vital to MESA. Some of the benefits of being a MESA Teacher include:

  • Connect with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Professionals (speakers, tutors, mentors, and access to UW organizations)
  • Materials for projects
  • Professional development (paid Credit Clock Hours are available)
  • Paid field trips (relevant to classroom learning)
  • Help in recruiting underrepresented (people of color and women) students for STEM classes
  • Enrichment opportunities for your students (MESA Competition, Orca Bowl, Robotics Competition, etc.)
  • Scholarships and internship opportunities for your students

As a MESA Teacher you are expected to:

  • Recruit underrepresented students (people of color and women)
  • Supervise team participation in MESA Day and other MESA activities
  • Provide students with guidance and support
  • Encourage active student and parent involvement in MESA activities
  • Promote student connection to STEM careers and mentors
  • Be in ongoing communication with MESA
  • Assist with filling out applications and other documents and turning them in to MESA
  • Attend MESA Day and Awards Reception with students

If you are interested in becoming a MESA Teacher, please contact Martha Flores-Perez at 206-221-6195, or email her at mgfp@uw.edu. For any questions or if you would like more information about our programs (or apply for any summer teaching opportunities) please contact our office.

Click the program name from the list below to learn more.