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Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement (MESA)

A Learning Community for Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics

We help thousands of students become engineers, scientists, and other math-based professionals urgently needed by industry.

MESA is nationally recognized for its innovative and effective academic development program for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. MESA students receive a unique combination of enrichment activities, hands-on competitions, academic support, industry involvement, and a supportive community environment.

As a community center for STEM students, MESA provides students with information, resources, and support needed to advance academically and develop into STEM professionals:

  • Tutoring in 300 and 400 level STEM Courses.
  • Academic Counseling from a STEM Transfer specialist.
  • Support throughout the transfer process.
  • Scholarship & Internship opportunities for STEM students.
  • Mini-Grants for innovative projects and research.
  • Career development and professional leadership opportunities.
  • Field trips, mentorships, and much, much more!

In addition to the center’s core services, MESA houses a number of programs designed to specifically support individual students.


Some eligibility is flexible so make sure to apply even if you don't think you qualify. To qualify, students should:

  • Be a first-generation college student
  • Be working toward transfer and a first bachelor's degree
  • Qualify for financial aid
  • Be majoring in a STEM field approved by the MESA grant criteria

Make an Appointment with a MESA Success Coach

Explore ARC STEM Programs

Professional Development Program

The Professional Development Program (PDP) is a spring semester program for motivated STEM students interested in developing their academic and professional skills. Successful applicants will be paired with faculty mentors to complete activities designed to develop academic growth, STEM career skills, public service, and personal enrichment. Participants will also earn a stipend to financially support them while completing those activities.

Women in STEM

The Women in STEM Initiative is a commitment by American River College and the STEM Center to better support women in the STEM fields, including through promoting career development, academic achievement, leadership, and engagement. Organized by student leaders, Women in STEM invites all students to join the conversation, and regularly brings in industry professionals and transfer students to share their experiences and provide guidance for students who are preparing to transfer and enter STEM careers.

Research & Innovation Mini-Grant Program

The Research & Innovation Mini-Grant Program (formerly GEO) provides funding for students to do independent research, participate in a professional growth activity, develop a new project or idea, or explore off campus opportunities and resources. After applying and receiving approval, students will have until the end of the semester to conduct their research or growth activities. Upon concluding their research, students will present their findings to their colleagues at a STEM research symposium.


General Information:
(916) 484-8662


Monday through Thursday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Friday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm


Student Support Specialist
Samuel Morrison

Faculty Sponsor:
Vincent Jones

MESA Success Coach:

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Join a community of scholars dedicated to academic and professional success in the STEM fields.

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