A Learning Community for Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics
We help thousands of educationally disenfranchised students become engineers, scientists, and other math-based professionals urgently needed by industry.
Receive a unique combination of enrichment activities, hands-on competitions, academic support, industry involvement, and a supportive community environment. MESA is nationally recognized for its innovative and effective academic development program for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
MESA serves middle school, high school, community college, and university students through local centers throughout California. Since its creation in 1970, MESA has had a strong partnership with industry. MESA also partners with all segments of California higher education as well as K-12 institutions. California MESA's model has been replicated in 12 other states and is the basis for many other programs.
"MESA is one of the most successful STEM programs in California."
Most MESA students are the first in their families to attend college. Most are low-income and attend or have attended low-performing schools with few resources. MESA serves students in pre-college through the MESA Schools Program (MSP), community college students through the MESA Community College Program (MCCP), and four-year college level students in the MESA Engineering Program (MEP).
Apply to join the STEM Center and meet with a Center Coordinator to see if you are a MESA Eligible student.
- If you are a first-generation, financial-aid-eligible student majoring in a calculus-based STEM field, you will likely qualify for MESA.
- If you are not financial-aid-eligible or first-generation but are majoring in a STEM field, you will likely still qualify as a MESA Associate Member.
- If you are not majoring in a calculus-based STEM field, you will likely not qualify for MESA, but you are still welcome to use the resources of the STEM Center if you enroll in our services each semester.
As a MESA Member or Associate, you will qualify for special programs, events, and scholarships throughout the state, so make sure to regularly check your email for more information.
Pictured Below: MESA students getting a last-minute picture together at the annual Happy Valley Leadership Retreat in Santa Cruz.
Contact: LaQuisha Beckum
Monday - Thursday, 11:00am - 3:30pm
Portable 603B (in the Portable Village)
Join a community of scholars dedicated to academic and professional success in the STEM fields.
After my first year in the United States, I started taking classes at ARC. MESA helped me adapt to the new culture, make life-long friends, and plan my future accordingly.
Through MESA, I improved my public speaking, leadership skills, teamwork, and communication skills while attending several conferences, field trips, and joining on-campus clubs. I could not finish a single personal statement or scholarships or UC application without the help I received from Dr. Will and the coordinators.
In 2013, I transferred to UC Berkeley to pursue a Bachelor's in mechanical engineering. Prior to transferring, I received the Jack Kent Cooke transfer scholarship, which covered my entire tuition and living expenses until I graduated.
After transferring, I spend the first summer interning for General Motors in Michigan. I also conducted academic research in the experimental fluid dynamics laboratory in UC Berkeley for more than a year. I promoted STEM among high school students in Richmond and Oakland, and I became an engineering mentor for several new transfer students in the engineering program at Berkeley to make the transition smoother for them.
I have to admit that my best mentors and friends up to this day are the ones I met at MESA.