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Temple University Launches Pennsylvania Math Engineering Science Achievement Initiative

September 07, 2011

Temple launched the Pennsylvania Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) initiative designed to increase the number of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematics (STEM)-related professionals graduating from two- or four-year institutions and to build a diverse, national STEM workforce necessary to compete economically in a global environment.

As MESA's lead institution in Pennsylvania, Temple will be tasked with developing public/private partnerships with industry, other academic institutions and government agencies to implement the goals of MESA and provide outreach efforts to the state's students to achieve their full potential — regardless of background, gender or economic status. Last summer, Temple in partnership with the U.S. Navy launched three MESA summer academies related to health and medicine, engineering and technology. Other institutions of higher education that operate their state's MESA program include Johns Hopkins, the University of Washington and UC-Berkley.

The MESA program was founded and headquartered at the University of California. Over the past 40 years, nearly 70 percent of MESA students — many of them minorities and women — have entered STEM fields. Pennsylvania becomes the ninth state program in the MESA system. Read the press release...

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