Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement (MESA)

MESA Vision

About Us

To support the national science and mathematics educational agenda by ensuring that MESA students develop a high level of literacy in mathematics and science so they can play a leading role within an increasingly technology-based world.

Utah's MESA program began twenty years ago, as a partnership between the University of Utah and the Granite School District. At that time, there was a group of 52 students in the start-up program. Since then, MESA has grown to include 17 school districts and charter schools.

Utah Constitution, Article X, Section 3, which vests general control and supervision of public education in the Utah State Board of Education, Section 53A-4-205, authorizes the MESA program.

USOE provides Leadership of the MESA program; MESA is a public education program holding membership in a consortium. Consortium members represent public education, industry, higher education, and the community. Utah State Office of Education (USOE) Rule R277-717 - Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement.

Program Objectives

  1. To increase the number of underserved ethnic minority and female students who pursue coursework, advanced study and possible careers in mathematics, engineering, and science areas.
  2. To provide a program and activities designed to motivate underserved ethnic minority and female students to take better advantage of all existing educational opportunities.
  3. To facilitate an increase in high school graduation rates of MESA-involved students.
  4. To strengthen the confidence of underserved ethnic minority and female students relating to their success in the mathematics and science courses, and to provide them with skills and opportunities to become successful role models for other students.
  5. To provide underserved ethnic minority and female students the opportunity to relate and associate with successful role models.
  6. To coordinate the efforts of public schools, college and universities, the Utah State Office of Education, industries, professional and community groups and others in the development and maintenance of academic support programs to increase the participation of underserved ethnic minority and female students in academic and career pursuits of mathematics and science.
  7. To provide more information about MESA opportunities and participation criteria to parents of minority students and to actively involve minority students’ parents in school activities and programs.


Articles and News

March 14, 2015

2015 MESA Teacher of the Year

Women in MESA

Disparities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Employment by Sex, Race,
and Hispanic Origin

May 28, 2014

"Absolutely Incredible Student" Honored by Local Businesses

May 21, 2014

Utah MESA Prosthetic Arm Challenge

May 1, 2014

Thank you MESA/STEM Scholarship Donors

March 28, 2013

MESA Day Competition

May 25, 2012

MESA Utah Wind Energy Challenge Competition

March 14, 2011

MESA Students Descend on the Granite Technical Institute (GTI)

February 11, 2011

Jr. High Day at the Granite Technical Institute


STEM Grant Opportunities

MESA Handbook

MESA Presentation


National Prosthetic Arm Challenge (PAC)

Event Overview

Workshop Activity 

Event Guidelines

PAC Scoring Tools:


Applications are due January 15, 2016

MESA Application

Science Technology, Engineering Program (STEP) Application

Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Application

Contact Information

Rita Brock
Education Specialist, ELL, MESA, and At-Risk Students
Utah State Office of Education
250 East 500 South
PO Box 144200
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114
Phone: (801) 538-7761 |  rita[dot]brock[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(E-mail)