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: Counseling appointments will be held via ZOOM. Click here to schedule an appointment.

Our Services


Elvin Yuen UC San Diego Human Biology
Sherrice Tin UC Davis Biochemistry
Xinghua Yu UCLA Computer Science
Fnu Ajmaluddin SJSU Computer Science
Joseph Koplowitz UC Berkeley Physics and Mathematics
Sofia Rashid UC Davis Biology
Fahmida Akter UC Riverside Biology
Andy Mai UC San Diego Electrical Engineering
Fionna Zheng UC Riverside Biology
Rayi Lam UC Irvine Computer Engineering
Harold Thomas Greathouse UC Berkeley Materials Science and Engineering
Michelle Hashimi UC Davis Psychology (Bio Emphasis)
Vanvichny Kong SFSU Computer Science
Johnny Xian CSU East Bay Computer Science
Xzavier Bocanegra CSU East Bay Public Health


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

You will then schedule an appointment to meet with our MESA Counselor to complete your intake and see if you qualify as a MESA or Friends of MESA student.


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


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)

MESA Tutors


  • Sarah McCarthy 


      1. T: 10:30am-12:30pm; Th: 10:3oam-12:30pm
      2. All Math Up to 3C (no stats), All Chem up to 12A [30A, 1A, 1B, 12A], Bio 10, 1A, 1B, All English


  • Esther McCarthy 


      1. Tu/Th 10:30am-12pm and 3pm-5pm
      2. All math up to Math 3B (No stats), Chemistry 30A, 1A, 1B, and 12A


  • Jacob Ahmed


      1. M:2-5Pm, W:2-6PM
      2. Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Pre-Calculus, Chemistry 30A, Chemistry 1A, Chemistry 1B


  • Nicole Harrison


      1. T/Th: 1:00pm-3:00pm
      2. Biology 10, All English


  • Nhi Nguyen         


    1. Monday & Wednesday: 11:00 am  – 3:00 pm
    2. Math up to 3C (no Stats); Physic 3A; CHEM up to 12A; Biol 10, 1A, 1B

To access COA LRC services:

  • Online tutoring services for science courses
  • Students are able to login and get 30 minute sessions with a tutor
  • Embedded tutoring into classrooms
  • Our hours are M-Th 10:30am-5pm and Friday 10:30am-2pm