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MESA is a program of the University of Southern California (under contract with the University of California) that serves educationally and economically disadvantaged students and, to the extent possible by law, emphasizes participation by students from groups with low rates of eligibility for four-year colleges. MESA provides a pipeline of academic services from middle school through university level to increase the number of these students who graduate with degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Activities include MESA Day projects and competitions, Catalina Island STEM Exploration, STEM field trips, Student Leadership Retreat, College and Career Day, MESA Day Project Academies, Annual Awards Gala, and Robotics Invitational.

For over 40 years, USC MESA has served more than 15,000 middle and high school students. Each year, more than 80% of USC MESA graduating seniors attend four-year colleges and more than 60% of these students declare majors in STEM fields. USC MESA currently serves over 1,300 middle and high school students and 40 teachers.

MESA Staff

Darin Gray, STEM Educational Outreach Programs Director,

Ben Louie, Associate Director,

Giovanni Diaz, Graduate Assistant

Leslie Serpas, Graduate Assistant

Kimi Zamora, Undergraduate Assistant

Jose Fernando Arroyo, Undergraduate Assistant

Angel Martinez, Undergraduate Assistant

Kimberly Melgoza, Undergraduate Assistant

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Students develop knowledge, skills, and confidence in STEM! They become part of a STEM community and meet new friends.

USC MESA Celebrates 19 Years of Partnership with Panda Express to Promote the Spirit of Giving and Caring.


We thank the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for being a major sponsor of MESA College & Career Day.

The Annual MESA Awards Gala is made possible by the USC Civic Engagement Galen Center Community Program.

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  • PORTLAND, OREGON – Jun. 21, 2014 – 2014 MESA National competition at Portland State University. Photo by Thomas Boyd/