MESA is a program of the University of Southern California (under contract with the University of California) that serves educationally 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 elementary through university level to increase the number of these students who graduate with degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Activities: MESA Day Competition, Catalina STEM Exploration, STEM Field trips, Student Leadership Retreat, College Career Day, MESA Day Project Academy, Annual Awards Gala.

For nearly 40 years, USC MESA has served over 15,000 middle and high school students with about 60% of USC MESA graduating seniors majoring in one of the STEM fields in college. USC MESA currently serves over 1500 middle and high school students and 50 teachers.

USC MESA Celebrates 16 Years of Partnership with Panda Express to Promote the Spirit of Giving and Caring.


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


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

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  • PORTLAND, OREGON – Jun. 21, 2014 – 2014 MESA National competition at Portland State University. Photo by Thomas Boyd/