Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement


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About The Program

Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement (MESA) at Sonoma State University is part of a nationally recognized California academic support program that provides a resilient learning community and strong base to students in the School of Science and Technology. The goal of MESA is to increase the number of historically underrepresented students who pursue and persist in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) related degrees and, ultimately, careers. Throughout their studies, the students in the program receive academic support and personal advising to keep them on track towards their degrees.

MESA students engage in “high impact” experiences, such as undergraduate research, tutoring, mentoring, and leadership development. This academic community is what sets MESA apart from other programs, and MESA serves students regardless of citizenship status.


Student Goals

  • Stay in good academic standing and excel in coursework
  • Stay on track for a major, but explore other Science & Tech options if wanting to change
  • Find supports and resources to overcome obstacles and challenges

MESA helps students reach the above goals by offering many support services and benefits. The membership requirement is to do one activity each semester, but many choose to do more to get the most out of the program. We know STEM majors are challenging. We are here to support you!

If you want to get more out of MESA, please check out additional ways to go above and beyond. We send out periodic email and Canvas communications about opportunities.

We have worked to create multiple ways to fulfill the program participation requirements. For more information, read below!

NEW Participation Requirement effective as of Spring 2022

Attend/participate in at least THREE MESA activities EACH SEMESTER. Choose from the list below.

  • Attend a MESA Meeting (either synchronous or asynchronous)
  • Attend MESA Tutoring
  • Serve as a MESA Student Assistant (i.e., Tutor)
  • Participate in our Honors program
  • Participate in our Mentor programs
  • Participate in Genentech Fellows Summer Research
  • Participate in MESA Statewide activities (i.e., conferences) 
  • Volunteer for MESA outreach (i.e., tabling)
  • Other MESA-related activities will be considered upon request

Examples of what would fulfill our participation requirement include: 

  • Attending three MESA meetings in one semester. 
  • Attending two tutoring sessions, and participating in Honors. 
  • Or any combination of the activities listed above. 

If you have any questions regarding your participation, please email

MESA Program Eligibility

Declared or intended STEM majors/minors:

  • Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Geology/Earth Science, Mathematics & Statistics, Physics & Astronomy

AND One of the following:

1. Students who identify in groups underrepresented in STEM

Latinx or Chicano/Hispanic, Native American, African American or Black, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and groups from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, students who are first in their family to attend college, and LGBTQ+.

2. Students in CAASE

These programs include DSS, DREAM Center, EOP, PUERTA, Seawolf Scholars, TRIO SSS-MAP, TRIO SSS U4S. We encourage MESA members to take advantage of these programs if they qualify, and many members do! We actively recruit through Summer Bridge & CAASE advisors. 

3. Past participation in a CA MESA program 

Either K-12 MESA college prep or MESA community college programs. For example, local MESA community college students from SRJC's MESA program are automatically accepted, provided they pursue a STEM degree under the School of Science and Technology.

MESA Applications are OPEN

Steps to apply

Please check out what we are all about in MESA and know that we are dedicated to fostering the success of underrepresented STEM students here at SSU. Before you proceed: Keep in mind to read through eligibility and application windows. After reviewing your application and acceptance to the program, you will be notified of the next steps to schedule/complete an intake meeting, complete enrollment, date of the first MESA meeting, and, finally, added to our newsletter email list (check spam). To be officially enrolled, you'll meet with the MESA director for an intake appointment (Loboconnect instructions emailed to you & you'll be added to the MESA canvas course). Follow the steps to apply below.

  • To apply, log in to your account (link is above to log in, under the MESA application title)
  • The application form will populate below (this will not appear if the application is closed - check above), then follow steps to apply (next).
  • If you need to reference: MESA's eligibility and application windows
  • If the form still does not populate and the application should be open, see the "Problems logging in?" section at the bottom of the page, or feel free to contact MESA.

1. Submit the online application form:


After logging into your Sonoma Account (SSO), keep pressing next until all fields are completed.

During the application: If you are receiving financial aid, there will be a place to upload your Award Summary (found when you log into the student center in MySSU) or your financial aid award letter (if new to SSU). Screenshots or pictures are acceptable.

2. To be officially enrolled, we ask that you schedule an introductory MESA intake appointment to meet with our Administrative Coordinator, Sarah Tucker. Bring all your questions! Before our MESA intake, you'll have a series of steps through an email with instructions to sign up for your MESA intake appointment through Google Calendar. We will go over the MESA agreement, advising and support options to create an individualized plan, and complete your enrollment with the MESA program. If you need more specific advice or have additional concerns, sign up for a Loboconnect appointment with an Advisor. 

    Problems Logging In?

    If you get an error after clicking the form login link above, the back button to return to this page, then click "MESA Application" in the department menu (left on desktop or below mobile). Email with questions.

    It would be best to be sure you are logged into your SSO. 

    Finally, if none of the above works, this likely means that the MESA application is closed at this time. Go back to this MESA eligibility page for more info. 

    Program Supports & Benefits

    Join us for Weekly Meetings

    MESA meetings are gatherings of majors across disciplines to learn, grow, and connect to resources and information. Join us Tuesdays at 5 PM or Thursdays At 12 pm.

    Be a Mentor or Mentee

    When a mentee commits to academic success & selects the MESA Mentor Program, everyone benefits. We are now able to offer stipends for participation in this program. Get involved! 

    Go Above & Beyond

    The MESA Honors program is for students who want to further their academic and professional development. We are now able to offer stipends to students who earn Honors. Get connected, get support!

    Get Support with Your STEM Courses

    MESA Tutoring is FREE & Open to ALL Sonoma State Students! You do not need to be a MESA Member to take advantage of this service. 

    Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities

    MESA Members who apply for our Research Opportunities can team up with SSU Faculty and get PAID to conduct research. Stay tuned for more information!

    Need Supplies? We've got you covered!

    MESA members are supported by receiving free school supplies. Please contact us to request study materials. 

    Student Employment Opportunities

    Did you know you could work for MESA? Each semester, we hire tutors and a marketing & tech student assistant. Follow us on social media and Handshake for more information!