MESA needs your support. Whether you want to volunteer your time or are interested in making a financial contribution to the program, you can help us get Nevada students on the right track for college.
To learn more about how you can support our work, contact MESA Coordinator Shanelle Davis.
MESA, or Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement, is a nationwide college-preparation program that strives to increase the number of minority, low-income and first-generation college students.
MESA promotes a strong academic foundation in mathematics and science as the key to college admission and success. MESA assumes that its students have a place in college and works to explain to student participants and their parents why college is important, how the admissions process works, and what is necessary to be on a college-bound track in middle and high school.
Metrics of MESA programs from around the country show that the program is uniquely successful in increasing college-going rates by underrepresented student populations. Nevada's demographics and exceptionally low college-going rate, 49th out of 50 states, make this program critical for our middle and high schools.
One of the core components of the Northern Nevada Math, Engineering, and Science Achievement (NvMESA ) program is the support and encouragement our NvMESA tutors offer the students.
Our tutors serve not only as volunteers but also as community leaders. As a tutor, you are encouraged to work with the teachers and the students alike to develop and enhance hands-on educational activities related to math, engineering, and science.
In addition to academic support, the MESA partnership helps students prepare for the annual state Science Olympiad competition. Our goal is to help the teams prepare for this event every Fall Semester. NvMESA also helps host Science Olympiad when it is held at the University of Nevada, Reno.
MESA is actively recruiting current College of Engineering students to serve as tutors in our program. Most tutoring sessions are Tuesday and Thursday after school (approximately 2:30- 3:30 pm,) but some schools operate on a slightly different time schedule. We ask students to commit to at least one tutoring session each week. There will also be other opportunities such as field trips and Science Olympiad throughout the semester.
The MESA program currently partners with four local schools:
NvMESA exists in two forms within the schools: an after school club, and an in-classroom elective course. The club meets after school two days a week and has two components, tutoring and project based learning days. The first day (tutoring day) is usually a day strictly for tutoring unless the students are preparing for a competition in which they will be working on their projects. The second day is a MESA day in which the students will be working on hands-on math, engineering, and science projects related to the subjects they are learning.
The in-school elective class at Dilworth Middle school meets during a 45-minute period every day of the week. As a tutor in this setting, you will be helping with the in-class projects and instruction.
MESA is supported through the generous contributions of the Mallory Foundation.