• Imagination

  • Innovation

  • Ingenuity

  • Inventing the Future!

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

Ben LouieDirector, blouie@usc.edu

Jennifer KolbauerProgram Coordinator, kolbauer@usc.edu

Janel NavarroGraduate Assistant, janelnav@usc.edu

Emmanuel PerezGraduate Assistant, perezemm@usc.edu

Jose Fernando ArroyoUndergraduate Assistant, jfarroyo@usc.edu

Brianna LiuUndergraduate Assistant, bsliu@usc.edu

Kimberly MelgozaUndergraduate Assistant, kmelgoza@usc.edu

Kimi ZamoraUndergraduate Assistant, kazamora@usc.edu


Thank you to our Sponsors

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


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


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