Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement

Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) is a nationally recognized academic preparation program that assists educationally disadvantage students to excel in math and science, so they attain baccalaureate degrees in math-based fields.  Founded in 1970 in California, the program now serves pre-college, community college and university students throughout the nation.  MESA works closely with industry, higher education institutions, and state departments of education, school districts, and individual schools.  MESA is funded by state legislature, industry contributions and federal, state and private grants.  MESA’s rigorous academic preparation include individual academic planning, Academic Excellence Workshops, study skills training, peer group learning, math and science enrichment classes, career exploration and parent involvement. 

In fall 2004, eight community college campuses and one university from eight states were selected to establish pilot programs that support low-income, underrepresented students to attain high-tech degrees.  The campuses were part of a 2004 nationwide initiative launched by MESA USA, a nationally renowned education program and HP.

The selected institutions were ChicagoStateUniversity (Chicago, IL), Darton College (Albany, GA), Essex County College (Newark, NJ), Georgia Perimeter College (Decatur, GA) Niagara County Community College (Sanborn, NY), Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute (Albuquerque, NM), and Tallahassee Community College (Tallahassee, FL).  The campuses were chosen after undergoing an extensive five-month selection process.

MESA, USA and the Engineering Studies Office at Chicago State University are please to provide you an update of our partnership.   Because of our combined resources, we are able to provide the new and expanded services listed below:

IIT and UIC Information Sessions
Representatives form IIT and UIC will be on campus to provide information about the transfer process, academic support initiatives, financial aid, student organizations, internship opportunities, etc.  Come out to meet the representatives from the respective universities and learn more about the school you wish to attend to complete your engineering education.  Lunch will be provided!!!  Stop by Office of Engineering Studies for further information.

CSEMS Scholarship Program
MESA Students who achieve a high level of academic achievement are eligible to receive the MESA CSEMS Scholarship.  The first cohort of NSF CSEMS Scholars received funding for the Fall Semester 2005.  Awards have been provided to 2-3 new students annually.  Previous cohort groups can receive continued funding if they maintain a high level of academic achievement.  Recipients will receive a $12,000 scholarship to be used for expenses related to the completion of your engineering/science education.  Students must be registered with the MESA Program to be eligible.

Student Computer Laboratory
In spring 2005, the Office of Engineering Studies hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially celebrate the opening of the MESA Computer Laboratory.  The laboratory, located in Harold Washington Hall, Room 200A, is equipped with ten computers for MESA/Engineering student use.  The computers were donated to the program by Hewlett Packard as part of the partnership agreement with MESA.  Students can stop by the Engineering Studies Office for listing of center hours.

MESACenter for Academic Excellence
The MESA Center for Academic Excellence provides a variety of services to support students in the completion of their education.  Students requiring assistance in their math, science and engineering courses can receive help on a walk-in basis.  NO APPOINTMENT IS NECESSARY.  For a listing of Center Hours, check the board outside the Engineering Studies Office.

It Pays To Get Good Grades
As part of a continuing effort to encourage academic achievement, the Engineering Studies Office in partnership with the Illinois Alliance for Minority Participation (ILAMP), provides academic scholarships to students who achieve a high level of academic excellence.  The purpose of the partnership is to increase the number of minority students receiving degrees in science and engineering.  The monies are to be used for books, supplies and other expenses related to your education.  In order to qualify for funding, students must attain a cumulative and semester GPA of 3.0/4.0, be involved in campus activities and student organizations.  For further information contact the Engineering Studies Office at (773)995-2357..

MESA Student Application
Engineering students are automatically eligible to participate in academic support initiatives and receive program services.  However, there are a number of programs and services available to enrolled MESA Students only.  These include:  CSEMS scholarships, certain internships, workshops and academic support initiatives.  Enrollment is easy!!!  Please fill out the enclosed application and return it to the Office of Engineering Studies as soon as possible.  There is no cost for program enrollment.  The benefit to you is tremendous!!!  If you require additional information, contact the Engineering Studies Office at (773) 995-2357.

Click here to download 2010 MESA Application