MESA, or Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement, is a nationwide college-preparation program that strives to increase college enrollment among 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.
MESA First Generation Summer Camp
Each summer, the College of Engineering and Northern Nevada MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) offer a free introductory engineering camp, available to students who will go on to be the first person in their family to attend college. MESA First Generation camp consists of interactive science and engineering activities, tours, project building, information about attending college and a field trip.
Check back in February for 2016 MESA Camp dates and application information!
Please note: MESA First Generation Camp is a competitive-entry camp. Interested students must submit an application, a letter of recommendation from a teacher or mentor, and a brief essay detailing their interest in STEM in order to be considered.
MESA at Nevada
One of the core components of Northern Nevada MESA program is the support and encouragement our MESA 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 Science Olympiad competition. Our goal is to help the teams prepare for this event every Fall Semester. MESA also helps host The Nevada State Science Olympiad when it is held at the University of Nevada, Reno.
How to get involved with MESA
MESA is always looking for volunteers who are interested in math, science, engineering and technology to serve as tutors in our program. MESA sessions are currently offered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, between the hours of 10 am and 4:30 pm. We ask potential volunteers to commit to at least one hour each week.
The MESA program currently partners with three local schools:
- Dilworth Middle School
- Sparks High School
- Hug High School
MESA is supported through the generous contributions of the Mallory Foundation.