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The 2019-2020 Math-Science-Leadership Program will start accepting applications on Friday, February 1, 2019. The tentative summer program dates are July 8-26, 2019 from 8:30am-3:30pm on the UW Tacoma campus and tuition is free. If you have any questions, please email or call 253-692-4421.


How to Apply

To apply for the 2019 Math-Science-Leadership Summer Program, please email We will send you a direct link for the online MSL application within 1 business day.

Timeline for Returning Students

Monday, 3/11 at 5pm PST – Application & References Due For Returning Students.

Friday, 3/15 at 5pm PST – Notification From UWT About Early Admission Status

Monday, 4/8 at 5pm PST -Acceptance Paperwork Due For Returning Students

Timeline for New Students

Monday, 4/8 at 5pm PST - Applications & References Due for New Applicants

Friday, 4/26 at 5pm PST - Notification From UWT About Admission Status

Wednesday, 5/29 at 5pm PST - Acceptance Paperwork Due for New Applicants


The mission of The MSL Program is to encourage, motivate, and inspire students to succeed in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and develop the leadership and academic skills necessary to pursue a career in STEM fields.

Program overview

Since 2003, the Math-Science-Leadership Program (MSL) has been creating positive educational experiences that enhance academic success and access to career pathways in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). MSL serves youth in grades 7-12 that are historically underrepresented in STEM (low-income, minority, female and potential first-generation college students).

MSL brings together youth with students and faculty from UW Tacoma for an engaging three-week summer program and community-building monthly events throughout the school year. MSL develops supportive cohorts that build positive science-linked identities, academic and leadership skills over six years and creates capacity for community-serving institutions to collaboratively build increase youths’ ability to participate in the economies of the future.

By bringing together the ideas and needs of community groups that serve K-12 youth, post secondary institutions of learning and industry, MSL fosters these long-term impacts:

  • Reducing achievement gaps for students in science and mathematics compared to peers who have not participated in MSL;
  • Increasing diversity of students who enroll in and complete STEM college degrees;
  • Increase Tacoma community engagement in K-12 STEM informal education efforts.