A Learning Community for Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics
We help thousands of educationally disadvantaged 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: Matthew Register
Monday - Thursday, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Portable 603B (in the Portable Village)
Join a community of scholars dedicated to academic and professional success in the STEM fields.
MESA is a diverse program that offers something for all STEM students. Whether you seek a supportive community, academic resources, professional development opportunities, or even a shared passion for science, MESA can deliver.
I was immersed in positivity supplied by Dr. Will and members of the MESA family, and it did not take long before MESA became my home away from home. The confidence, leadership, and teamwork skills that MESA inspired in me were central to my development into a better student, colleague, and future doctor.
I transferred to UC Davis in Fall of 2014 as a University Honors Program scholar with MESA proudly being the number one accessory on my belt. With my MESA-enhanced resume in hand, I landed my first biological research position on the first day of classes to study metabolism mitochondria. Soon after, I was inducted into several honor societies, presented my research at multiple conferences, and granted various fellowships, awards, and graduating citations that would recognize my commitment to research while also funding my senior research thesis. I also worked with the UC Davis Student Health and Wellness Center to develop a campus-wide program that would improve students' health.
The greatness of MESA and its leaders is that they teach their members to promote diversity, community, integrity, and service. Being surrounded by MESA'S supportive, welcoming, and resourceful atmosphere while in community college encouraged me to expand my experiences beyond the classroom setting and prepared me well to make the most of my time at UC Davis.
While at UC Davis, I pursued a Medical Scientist Traning Program (MSTP) to acquire an MD/Ph.D. and become a physical scientist. Upon my graduation, I will be working at UC San Fransisco as a postgraduate researcher to study cancer and inflammation within the vascular and lymphatic system. I now fully realize and appreciate the benefits of my involvement with MESA, and I am looking forward to new and exciting experiences.