MESA school programs

Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) is a nationwide college-preparation program that strives to increase college enrollment among minority, low-income and first-generation college students.

MESA assumes that its students have a place in college and works to explain to student participants and their parents why college is important, show different pathway to pursue a STEM field and explore educational opportunities within the University of Nevada, Reno. 

Promoting math & science education For over 10 years, MESA has promoted a strong academic foundation in mathematics and science as the key to college admission and success.
Five MESA students pose with a robot
A record of success Metrics of MESA programs from around the country show that the program is uniquely successful in increasing college-going rates by underrepresented student populations.
A MESA student walks across the stage at graduation

What we offer

  • Academic tutoring: Supplemental tutoring by University students promotes the success of our students outside of the program.
  • College preparation: We want to help prepare our students for the college application process. Opportunities include ACT prep courses, internships and scholarship information.
  • Hands-on STEM curriculum: Students learn by doing, so we offer hands-on activities to engage students’ curiosity and passions in science.
  • STEM competitions: Through hands-on, team-building competitions, students learn about the engineering design process.
  • Career and college exploration: University and industry guest speakers and fieldtrips to local engineering companies and the University of Nevada, Reno campus tours expose our students to various academic and career opportunities.

Who we serve

The MESA program currently partners with three local schools:

  • Dilworth Middle School
  • Sparks High School
  • Hug High School

Since 2013, we have held over 1,000 MESA sessions. During that time, the program has had  a 100 percent college-going rate for high school seniors, with 44 graduates.

Interested in volunteering for MESA?

MESA is always looking for volunteers who are in math, science, engineering and technology field to offer guidance to students. We are looking for:

  • Guest speakers
  • Locations for company tours
  • CAD software lessons

We also need University students who can serve as MESA tutors. We are looking for:

  • Current University engineering majors
  • Passion in promoting of STEM and engineering
  • Availability during MESA sessions (times vary each semester)

How to support MESA

MESA is supported through the generous contributions of the Mallory Foundation, the Teichert Foundation and WEDCO.

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 Rebecca Fisher at  rnfisher@unr.edu.

All of our K-12 outreach programs are made possible through the generous support of The Mallory Foundation, Teichert Foundation and WEDCO. We appreciate their continued support.