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Monday, January 14, 2019

2019 will be a year of transition for the MSL Program.

1) This year, we will not accept new applications.
2) For MSL students who did the summer program last year and want to participate again this year, you do not have to fill out an application.
3) We will host a MSL summer program this year but it will be modified.
a) It will be less than three weeks.
b) More details to come at the end of February.

On Wednesday, February 13th from 5:30pm – 7:00pm, we will host our second MSL Student & Family Advisory Board meeting. During that meeting, we invite your feedback and ideas as we move forward with the redesign and relaunch of MSL in 2020. If you are unable to attend, we will have an electronic method for you to communicate with us.

We acknowledge that change can be a challenge, but with change comes opportunity. We expect and hope that by redesigning MSL, we will create the best opportunity for your family and you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call DJ at 253.692.4969 or email us at We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Best wishes,
The MSL Leadership Team


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.