Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA)

Who We Are

MESA is a peer and professional support community whose aim is to increase access and opportunities of success in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)-related fields for first-generation, low-income, and under-represented college students.  MESA provides resources for students to develop essential academic and leadership skills to achieve success in school, career, life, and STEM-related disciplines.


COUNSELING APPOINTMENTS: located at Science Annex, 860 Atlantic Ave, Room 125  (not available to meet in person due to COVID-19)

Counselor Nila will be available to meet with you via online counseling starting the week of April 6th

Our Services

Upcoming Events

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic closing all the schools and educational institutions in California, we are all looking for creative ways to provide enrichment and learning for MESA students. 


We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of resources for teachers, parents and students (both K-12 and undergraduate) that covers everything from access to online learning (STEM and non-STEM) to digital museum tours to how to stay healthy and active at home. (We even threw in some fun things like sports, streaming and recipes).


Unless otherwise noted, all resources are free during COVID-19 closures (check each site for specific end dates).

Resources for MESA Students, Teachers, Families and Friends

~ Compiled by MESA Staff


General COVID-19 information/News

California Department of Public Health


Centers for Disease Control

Governor Gavin Newsom

Newsome issued

Science News for Students

COVID-19-specific articles geared toward 9-12 grade students



What California parents and students should know about the coronavirus: a quick guide


School district news

Use the State Department of Education directory to search for information about your school district including meal availability, remote learning guidelines and more



National news outlets are removing their paywalls; some for all content, others for coronavirus-news only



Khan academy resources for teachers and parents. Begins with a letter (available in many languages) outlining the tools made available after Covid-19 outbreak


Carnegie Mellon University Computer Science Academy

“A novel, world-class, online, interactive high school computer science curriculum that is entirely free.” Weekly webinars for educators looking for more info


Discovery Education Virtual Learning

More than “180,000 assignable, editable activities and resources for K-12, based on core curriculum concepts and popular topics in math, science, social studies, ELA, and health”



Science/conservation lesson plans and live cameras of animals including raptors, polar bears and gorillas


Intel digital learning resources for educators


Resources for all students/families

STEM student classes for free computer science projects


Khan academy outlining the tools made available after Covid-19 outbreak

Want to start a course?


Imagineering in a Box

Disney Imagineers from hundreds of career disciplines around the world share how they use a wide range of skills – from story development and conceptual design, to math, physics and engineering – that all come together to create immersive experiences.


USC Viterbi Online STEM resources

Browse these high-quality STEM resources for families, students, and teachers. Click the links to discover fun STEM lessons, videos, podcasts, and more.(Some overlap with our list)


Legends of Learning

Math and science games offered free for the remainder of the school year. Parent or student driven games allow for tracking and statistics.


Resources for undergraduate students


Want to learn about careers in STEM? Meet these professionals, plan your career path and more–technology/careers-in-engineering–technology/careers-in-engineering/


See what these women in STEM create, solve and succeed–technology/careers-in-engineering–technology/women-in-engineering-and-technology/


Women who made vaccine breakthroughs







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K E Y   S E R V I C E S

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You are eligible to join if you meet the following:

  • You are a first-generation college student, which means that neither one of your parents or guardians completed a college degree. You are still considered a first-generation college student even if you have a sibling that has completed a college degree;
  • You come from a historically under-represented background;
  • You come from a low-income household; AND
  • Your goal is to transfer to a 4-year university to study a major that requires at least 2 semesters of Calculus such as: Biological Sciences, Math, Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Sciences, Pre-Med, Pre-Pharm, or Pre-Dental.

DREAMERS or students who are undocumented are also eligible to apply.

Unfortunately, international students are not eligible for MESA, but are welcome to participate in the MESA Student Club.

Consult with a MESA staff if you have any questions.

You may submit an application either online or on paper at the MESA Center, room 125 in the Science Annex, 860 Atlantic Ave. You may be selected to come in for an interview if you appear to meet most of the criteria. After your interview, you will receive an email about your MESA membership.

You must:

  • be enrolled in at least 6 units towards your academic goal;
  • meet with a counselor to develop a Student Educational Plan;
  • attend at least 1 MESA event per semester;
  • volunteer at least 2 hours with a community organization related to your field or with MESA each semester; AND
  • contact your MESA mentor each term.

Additionally, if you are a new student to College of Alameda, you must enroll into Coun 201: Orientation to College.

No, the MESA tutoring and study space is open to ALL students. MESA students get priority tutoring, but no one will be turned away.

Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA)

**PLEASE be patient with us as we are working through these challenging times to bring you resources that will be available for you to access remotely. We are working diligently to bring tutoring services back for all of our STEM students.**



Tutoring Hours (Spring 2020)

Monday 2 pm – 5 pm

Tuesday 10 am – 1 pm & 3 pm – 5 pm

Wednesday 2 pm – 5 pm

Thursday 10 am – 6 pm

Friday 10 am – 2 pm

Subjects: Math, Chemistry, Biology, Physics

Not all subjects are available at times listed.

Check tutoring services above for full details.