Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement

apply to mesa

Follow the steps below to apply to MESA. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed holistically.

 

STEPS SUMMARY

  1. Review the Eligibility Requirements
  2. Review the MESA Student Contract
  3. Apply to MESA
  4. After Applying

Still have questions? Review the common questions section.

 


STEP 1: Review the Eligibility Requirements

You may be eligible if you meet a variety of the eligibility requirements below. 

  • 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 degree).
  • Students at an economic disadvantage (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 bachelor’s degree earned.

 

Not Eligible for MESA

  • Nursing students are not eligible for MESA because it is not a calculus based major. If they need help with their STEM classes, they can use the STEM Study Room as a resource.
  • International students are not eligible for MESA, but international students are eligible for RiSE and can use the STEM Study Room as a resource. REU Finder is a great place to find REUs that are available for international students.

 

If you have questions, please contact the MESA Director at mesa@edmonds.edu. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed holistically.

 


STEP 2: Review the MESA Student Contract

The MESA Student Contract is intended to help you get the most out of the services MESA offers. Please read the MESA Student Contract  to understand what it means to be a MESA student and the Edmonds MESA program's commitment to you.

We do understand that many MESA students have families, work multiple jobs, and have varying levels of responsibilities on top of school. Some of the requirements are flexible to meet you where you are at depending on your needs. If you have questions, please contact the MESA Director at mesa@edmonds.edu.

 


STEP 3: Apply to MESA

After reviewing the eligibility requirements and the MESA Student Contract, complete the MESA application by clicking the green button below. This application may take up to 30 minutes to complete, but most students spend about 15 minutes.

The short responses you will need to answer at the end of the application are listed below. We do not expect long responses, just for you to answer the questions in 2-3 sentences. If you need help with the short responses, please email the MESA Director at mesa@edmonds.edu.

  1. What are your academic, career, and personal goals? What specific issues or concepts in the field are of interest to you (2-3 sentences)?
  2. What other organizations, clubs, traditional activities, community activities, jobs, etc., are you involved with? What have you learned from these experiences? If you are not involved in organizations, clubs, etc., please explain why (2-3 sentences)?
  3. If selected to be in MESA, how are you going to use the services provided? Please be specific by mentioning resources you will use and how having access to these resources will benefit you (2-3 sentences).
  4. Why should you be selected to be in the MESA program? What will you bring to the MESA program (2-3 sentences)?

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STEP 4: After Applying

You will be notified about the status of your application within two weeks of submission. If you are admitted into MESA, you will schedule an on-boarding meeting with the MESA Director. You will receive an email with the next steps.

 

 


COMMON QUESTIONS

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MESA provides a variety of opportunities for STEM students to develop a STEM identity and network and to transfer successfully to a four-your institution to earn their bachelor's degree in STEM. Some impacts are:

 

Academics
Higher GPAs

Higher GPAs

MESA Student’s have on average higher college level GPAs (3.1) when compared to other calculus based non-MESA STEM students (2.76). (Edmonds CC Office of Planning, Research, and Assessment, Winter 2019)

 

Jacki

Jacki
Marine Biology at UW Seattle - MESA Alumni

"MESA gave me a great place to study and make friends with other students who were taking similar classes to me, and it gave me a place where I could seek advice about what my next steps were, every step of the way. I learned so many valuable things in MESA! "

 

Transfer Assistance
Tina

Tina
Pure Mathematics at UW Seattle - MESA Alumni

"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."

 

Angela

Angela
Computer Science at UW Bothell - MESA Alumni

"The MESA Director guided me when I was working on my personal statement for my UW Bothell application. I think her suggestions really made my personal statement better and that might be one reason why I got admitted in that university. She also answered many questions I had about the transferring process, scholarships, internships and most things people born and raised in the USA know, or people with parents who went to college in the US know, but that for people like me (first generation and born outside the US) are not clear at all."

 

 MESA Scholarships
Vanessa

Vanessa
Computer Science at UW - MESA Alumni

"The MESA scholarship has allowed me to spend more time studying and more time participating in club events. Before the MESA scholarship I had to work as much as possible outside of class which kept me from improving my level of involvement here at EDCC. In turn, I have also been able to network with more students in similar fields of study which has helped me define my path more clearly."

 

Bethlehem

Bethlehem
Bioengineering at OSU - MESA Alumni

"If it wasn't from the financial support (MESA scholarship) and the advising from the MESA Director, I wouldn't have transferred to OSU by fall. The weekly updates, with scholarship, internships and events have helped me discover many useful resources."

 

 Professional Development Opportunities
Lien

Lien
Industrial and Systems Engineering at UW Seattle - MESA Alumni

“I learned a lot from the trip such as solving the problem for the clients, building teamwork through the games around the forest, enhancing the discipline to live with the community, being more confident to get acquainted with new people...etc.” - MESA Student Leadership Retreat

 

Brenda

Brenda
Informatics at UW Seattle - MESA Alumni

"The NSBE Convention was an amazing experience. I had the opportunity to interact with people who looked like me and understood the struggles of being a Black woman in STEM. My favorite part of the Convention was the career fair. Very many companies including Amazon reached out and asked me to apply for internships. They even followed up with webinars preparing us for technical interviews. I am ready for the next phase of my life because NSBE prepared me." - National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) National Convention

 

MESA Events
 Beatrix

Beatrix
Computer Science at UW - MESA Alumni

"The STEM demonstration of the wind tunnel was engaging and watching the instructors do tricks was jaw-dropping. Nothing beat the literal flying though; that was crazy!" - MESA Indoor Skydiving at iFLY

 

Asmaa

Asmaa
Pre-medicine - MESA Student

"I found the UW Multicultural & Native Transfer Day to be very beneficial as well as a fun experience. It gave me the opportunity to explore different departments and be introduced to many new people. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in applying to UW." - UW Multicultural & Native Transfer Day

 

MESA Student Center
Liz

Liz
Engineering - MESA Student

"The MESA Student Center has been a gift in my times of need. There are always snacks available to MESA students, either for a treat between classes or just some good mood food to kick the stress away. I know I've gone there for when I didn't have much food at home and couldn't pack lunch. It's also a great space to meet with friends and have a community."

 

Tina

Tina
Pure Mathematics at UW Seattle - MESA Alumni

"My favorite thing about the MESA Student Center is that it feels like a home. It is where I was able to find another family who care about and supports me".

MESA is at Edmonds College because of the disparities in student enrollment, transfer rates, and completion of STEM degrees among underrepresented students. MESA provides opportunities for students to develop a richer STEM network and identity and to transfer successfully to a four-your 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.

 

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You will be notified about the status of your application within two weeks of submission. If you have not received an email about the status of your application, please email the MESA Director at mesa@edmonds.edu. There are occasions in which the application is not received or when the MESA Director is off campus for a period of time, delaying the response.

No, there is no deadline for the MESA application. We accept applications on a rolling basis.

Nursing students are not eligible for MESA because it is not a calculus based major. If they need help with their STEM classes, they can use the STEM Study Room as a resource.

International students are not eligible for MESA, but international students are eligible for RiSE and can use the STEM Study Room as a resource. REU Finder is a great place to find REUs that are available for international students. 

Applications are reviewed holistically, taking in account the eligibility requirements listed below.

  • 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 degree).
  • Students at an economic disadvantage (low-income, on food stamps, 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 bachelor’s degree earned.

 

Not Eligible for MESA

  • Nursing students are not eligible for MESA because it is not a calculus based major. If they need help with their STEM classes, they can use the STEM Study Room as a resource.
  • International students are not eligible for MESA, but international students are eligible for RiSE and can use the STEM Study Room as a resource. REU Finder is a great place to find REUs that are available for international students.

Yes, DACA approved, DACA eligible, HB 1079/WASFA eligible, undocumented, asylum, and refugee students are eligible for MESA and are encouraged to apply. We do not ask for social security numbers.

 

Yes, running start students are eligible for MESA if they intend to go to a four year institution and earn a bachelor’s degree in STEM.

 

There is no age limit to be a MESA member. We have members that are in their teens to their thirties.

 

No, they are not eligible for MESA. Applicants have to intend to transfer to a four year institution and earn a bachelor’s degree in STEM. Anyone can use the STEM Study Room as a resource to get help in their STEM classes.

 

STEM majors that require you to take calculus. Generally, majors listed on NSF are eligible for MESA. If you have questions, please contact the MESA Director at mesa@edmonds.edu.

 

Yes, they can apply to MESA and their application will be holistically reviewed.

 

Yes, they can apply. MESA is created to help students decide if STEM is the right field for them and which STEM field is right for them.

 

MESA - Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement

MESA focuses on initiatives to improve diversity and retention of underrepresented students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields, including African American, Latinx/Hispanic, American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and women students.


RiSE - Relationships in STEM Education

RiSE project’s goals are to help Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) students achieve their academic and career goals and to increase the number of students successfully earning degrees in STEM fields.


When generally looking at the programs, you might wonder: How are the programs different? Why do we have two STEM programs? MESA and RiSE are both STEM student support programs, but with different missions (listed above), which ultimately affects the programming, events, resources, etc. MESA’s mission is to increase diversity and retention of underrepresented students, therefore we address challenges underrepresented students face in their educational and career development through our programming. Our missions drive programing from the inside out, making the programs different and fulfilling different needs.