MESA–MEP is a UCSB undergraduate retention program for students who are first generation college students within STEM field majors. Coordinated by the University of California, Office of the President, MEP maximizes undergraduate students' academic potential to prepare them for careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Staff and faculty work together to increase students’ awareness and access to graduate degree programs, and to promote community service through outreach events and mentoring.
– Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Academic Excellence Workshops – Students at a university/college campus are offered workshops and group study sessions covering core math and science classes, curricula and concepts to sustain high levels of academic achievement.
Clustering – Peers are encouraged to enroll in the same course sections of core math and science classes, and follow up sessions are facilitated to review course material and raise students’ performance levels.
Orientation Sessions – MESA leaders imparts college survival skills to incoming students majoring in math, engineering or computer science who are first generation -offering an overview of personnel, processes and key resources.
Career Advising – Students are exposed to engineering and other STEM fields thorough industry mentors, job shadowing, career fairs, national conferences, internships opportunities and visits to industry sites.
Professional Development Workshops – Students participate in job fairs; engage in resume preparation and review, mock interviews and mentoring for career preparation and employment opportunities.
Links to Networks – Campus-based and international networks that provide access to partner chapters, mentors, professional organizations, leadership training, professional guest speakers, MESA and UCSB Alumni and tours of STEM companies.
Student Center – At UCSB, the MESA Center has “multipurpose space”, with other affiliated sites, which is used for study sessions, workshops, volunteer meetings and information sharing.
MEP Lunch PD (Professional Development) Workshops - Once a month UCSB MEP will host a professional development lunch where staff or guest presenters will focus on various topics, such as: strengthening your application components for internships, scholarships, graduate school and jobs; developing networking skills; health, wellness and finding balance; graduate school versus industry; and more.
For Statewide MESA Information, including MESA Community College Program (MCCP) see:
Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) University of California's Office of the President