The Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement (MESA) program focuses on initiatives
to improve diversity and retention of historically underrepresented students in STEM,
including African American, Latinx/Hispanic, American Indian/Alaska Native, Native
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and women students. We provide opportunities for students
to develop a STEM identity and network and transfer successfully to a four-year institution
to earn their bachelor's degree in STEM. Our goal is to increase diversity in the
STEM workforce by addressing the challenges underrepresented students face in their
educational and career development.
SERVICES WE OFFER
MESA offers a unique variety of services to support you through your academic, career,
and personal journey of becoming a competitive STEM transfer student.
- MESA Student Center
- Virtual and face to face tutoring and events
- Holistic Academic Advising
- Transfer & Academic Assistance
- MESA Scholarships
- Professional Development Opportunities
- Academic Excellence Workshops (AEWs)
- MESA Lending Library
- MESA Family & STEM Community
- MESA Student Orientation
- MESA Ambassadors
- MESA Student Board
- STEM Exploration
- MESA Resource Database
- MESA Student Resource Q&A
Tina - MESA Alumni 18'
"As a first generation, low-income, woman of color in STEM who recently immigrated
to the U.S., I needed help navigating the U.S. college system. MESA gave me all the
tools I needed to explore opportunities and become successful. MESA assisted me with
getting my Associate of Science degree and transferring to the University of Washington-Seattle,
where I now pursue my education in pure Mathematics. MESA thrives for student success
and provides you any support you need to build your own future."
UW Seattle | Pure Mathematics
Top Left: Fred Hutch Tour - 2016; Top Right: UW Physics Slam - 2019; Bottom Left: SoundBio Lab Tour - 2019; Bottom Right: MESA Student Leadership Retreat - 2019
You may be eligible for MESA if you meet a variety of the following requirements listed
- Historically Underrepresented in the STEM fields | African American, Latinx/Hispanic, American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific
Islander, and women students.
- First-generation college students (parents did not receive a four year bachelor's
- Students at an economic disadvantage (i.e. low-income, homeless, etc.).
- U.S. citizens, resident aliens, permanent residents, DACA approved, DACA eligible,
HB 1079/WASFA eligible and undocumented students.
- **Mandatory** Intended major in a calculus based STEM field (nursing is not a calculus based STEM field).
- No previous bachelors degree earned.
Nursing and international students are not eligible for MESA.
2021 STEM and MESA KICKOFF
Hazel Miller Hall | Sept. 24 | Noon-3 p.m.
This annual event is organized by the Edmonds College STEM Division to welcome you
to the community and introduce you to the many resources and opportunities available
to STEM students. This year the event will be held as an open house style in our new
Hazel Miller Hall building. At this event, you will:
- Meet other STEM students,
- Meet faculty and staff that support you,
- Talk with advisors about selecting the best classes for your degree,
- Connect with STEM focused student clubs
- Get familiar with our new, state-of-the-art STEM building: Hazel Miller Hall,
and discover all that STEM has to offer! New and returning students are welcome and
encouraged to attend.
No Registration Required
Hermione speaking at the 2019 Women's Empowerment
Luncheon. Photo Credit: Mary Ross - AAUW
MESA STUDENTS CREATE CHANGE
Women's Empowerment Luncheon
MESA Alumni and Edmonds College Campus Event Programmer, Hermione, lead the organization
of a Women’s Empowerment Luncheon on campus. This was the first event in Edmonds College
history that recognized the impactful work that women are doing across campus.
During the Women’s Empowerment Luncheon, over 30 women were recognized for overcoming
obstacles, academic achievement towards educational and professional goals, student
leadership, community involvement, and helping others. For some awardees, this was
the first time they had been recognized for resilience, determination, and impacting
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
WHAT MESA STUDENTS DO OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM
MESA students are very active on and off campus. Some organizations, clubs, and industry
MESA students participate in include:
- Edmonds College Club Officers
- Math Club
- SWE Club
- Rocketry Club
- Robotics Club
- Bee Club
- Edmonds College Undergraduate Research
- Undoing Institutional Racism Workshop by the People's Institute
- National Society of Black Engineers
- Present Research at the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium
- Event Programmer for the Center for Student Cultural Diversity and Inclusion
- NASA National Community College Aerospace Scholar
- Beach Naturalist
- Business Owners
- Undergraduate Research
- Tutor in the MESA Student Center, Math Center, STEM Room, and the Learning Support
- Serve on Campus Committees
- Center for Student Engagement & Leadership Executive Board Administrative Liaison
- Volunteer at the Campus Farm
- Participate in Service Learning
- NASA Internships
- Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conferences
- Conferences - WiSE, NSBE, SACNAS, SWE, AISES, SHPE, and more.
- Community Engagement and Advocacy
WHERE DO MESA STUDENTS TRANSFER
There are thousands of universities across the United States and the world. The possibilities
where you go and what you can do after Edmonds College are boundless. Most MESA students
transfer to universities within WA State and the most common universities include:
Common departments include:
- University of Washington - Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma
- Washington State University - Everett and Pullman
- Seattle University
- Seattle Pacific University
- Western Washington University
- Pacific Lutheran University
- Brown University
- Engineering: Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, Industrial, and Bioengineering
- Computer Science
- Natural Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics
- Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
If you want to transfer to a university out of WA State or in another part of the
world, do not be afraid to pursue your dreams!
MAKE EXPERIENCE HAPPEN
MESA Resource Database
Do you dream of developing innovative solutions using clean energy? Are you looking
for the opportunity to assist with the care of injured and orphaned wild animals?
Are you driven to conduct cutting-edge research to improve the lives of others? If
so, then you should make your experience happen by applying to internships or participating
in other experience-based opportunities.
Internships and experience-based opportunities such as conducting research, volunteering,
club leadership, and participating in an internship are crucial in developing into
a competitive STEM transfer student. Check out the MESA Resource Database to learn
about the opportunities available to you to participate in. You can sort by items
such as affinity group, location, field, and payment. There are also tabs highlighting
resources for undocumented and non-resident students, events, running start students,
resources on campus, and more!
MESA IN THE NEWS
- MESA was featured in the Edmonds College Triton Quarterly - Summer 2020 edition. Check it out!
- MESA Alumni, Brenda spoke at the Edmonds College 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony.
- MESA Alumni and 2019-2020 Executive Officer of Edmonds College Student Government,
Brenda interviews Nikkita Oliver after her powerful talk, Civil Rights: Who Were We Then, Where Are We Now? on campus.
This was one of a series of events on campus to honor the life and teaching of Rev.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. You can watch the keynote here and the post-keynote Q&A here.
- In 2019, MESA participated in the Edmonds College Women’s Empowerment Luncheon, led by MESA Alumni, Hermione. This was the first event in Edmonds College history
that recognized the impactful work women are doing across campus. MESA also participated
in the 2020 virtual awards. Check out the Women's Empowerment Movement website to view the 2020 virtual awards.
- MESA students met with Gov. Inslee as he toured the Edmonds College Engineering Labs.
View the Mountlake Terrace News article and the Edmonds College news article.
- MESA was featured in the Edmonds College Triton Quarterly - Spring 2019 edition. Check it out!
- MESA Alumni, Tina spoke at Edmonds College 2018 Commencement Ceremony and spoke at the 2018 Edmonds College SET building groundbreaking.
- MESA Alumni, Tina Rajabi was a semifinalists for the Jack Kent Cooke (JKC) Transfer Scholarship.
- MESA Alumni, Jessica Pal was featured in the Bellingham Herald for her work surveying sea stars.
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We acknowledge that we are on the ancestral land of the Coast Salish people, specifically
the Snohomish people.
May we always honor the Indigenous people of the land we occupy and whereever we go
- past, present, and future.