Mesa Schools Program

The UCLA MESA Schools Program (MSP) is one of 19 university centers in the Mathematics Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) Statewide organization. MESA’s mission is to enable economically disadvantaged students to prepare for and pursue a math-based degree in areas such as science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM).

Beginning in 1997 with only five schools, UCLA CEED’s MESA Program currently serves 20 schools and over 800 students in the Los Angeles Unified and Inglewood Unified School Districts .

Participating schools are:

Senior High Schools Middle Schools
Academy of Science and Engineering John Burroughs Middle School
Crenshaw High School Cochran Middle School
City Honors High School (IUSD) Crozier Middle School
Dorsey High School Emerson Middle School
Fairfax High School Monroe Middle School (IUSD)
Hamilton High School Parent K-8 School (IUSD)
Inglewood High School (IUSD) Webster Middle School
Lawndale High School (CVUSD)
Los Angeles High School
Morningside High School (IUSD)
University High School
UCLA Community School
View Park Prep Charter High School (Indp. Charter)
Westchester High School

Each MESA school site is supported by 1-2 teachers who serve as MESA advisors and coordinate STEM activities for enrolled students. In addition, MESA high school students benefit from the support of college counselors who have joined our team of MESA advisors.

Culminating the MESA student experience each year is MESA Day. MESA Day is a regional event that engages students in STEM-based MESA competitions to test their design skills and math acuity.

MESA projects provide the groundwork for the competitions that are offered during the event.

MESA /Other Pre-Ccollege Events Calendar

To access the UCLA MESA calendar, click the following link: 2014 15 UCLA MESA Calendar

UCLA MESA Advisor Meeting

Below are the PowerPoint Presentation presented at the meetings:

Aug. 27, 2014: Meeting #1

Nov. 18, 2014: Meeting #2

Jan 10, 2015: Meeting  #3

Feb 4, 2014: Google Suite PD

MESA Parent Orientation

The UCLA MESA Parent Orientation has bee rescheduled to
Oct. 18, 2014
in Dodd Hall 161
from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The purpose of the orientation is to inform parents about the MESA Program, the benefits of participating in the program and the events and workshops UCLA MESA will be offering to its students during the 2014 – 2015 academic year.

Following is a link to the information presented at the MESA Parent Orientation on Oct. 18, 2014: 

MESA Parent Orientation PowerPoint Presentation

MESA Tutoring

For the 2014 Fall semenster, the UCLA MESA Office will provide tutoring for MESA students on the UCLA campus. Tutoring will be offered on the dates listed below from 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon in 6270 Boelter Hall. 

Tutoring Dates

Nov. 1, 2014

Nov. 15, 2014

Nov. 22, 2014

Dec. 6, 2014

To attend tutoring, parents must RSVP by completing the following linked form: MESA Tutoring Sign-Up Form

MESA Saturday Academy

The MESA Saturday Academy is a hands-on workshop designed to assist
students in building their devices for the MESA Day competitions. The
workshop will be facilitated by teachers and grad students with
assistance from undergraduate engineering students. This year five
Saturday Academies will be held in January and February of 2015.

The Saturday Academies will be held on the following dates form 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 6270 Boelter Hall:

   Jan.17, 2015 – Prosthetic Arm
   Jan 24, 2015 – Mousetrap Car
   Jan 31, 2015 – Balsawood Bridges
   Feb. 7, 2015 – Balsawood Gliders/Planes
   Feb.14, 2015 – Egg Drop
   Feb.21, 2015 – Public Speaking

Click on the following link to access the flyer: Saturday Academy Flyer

To sign up for the workshop, click the following link: Saturday Academy Sign-Up

2015 UCLA MESA Preliminary Competitions

Students can now sign up for the MESA Day Prelim Competition. Go to the following link to sign-up to participate in the MS or HS UCLA MESA Day preliminary competition. 2015 UCLA MESA Prelims Sign-Up. The deadline to sign-up for the MESA prleims is Feb 231, 2015.

Middle School: February 28, 2015

High School; March 7, 2015

2015 LA Region MESA Day Competitions (New dates as of Dec. 2, 2014)

Middle School: April 18, 2015 at CSU Los Angeles

High School: April 25, 2014 at USC

Other Activities for MESA Students

L. A. Cash for College – College a Career Convention –

Date: Nov. 5 – 6, 2014

L.A. Cash for College Convention is recognized as the primary source of
college information for local students who want to attend college and
pursue high wage careers. 

For more  information go to:

2014 JPL Invention Challenge – Date: Nov. 22, 2014

    Deadline to Register – Oct. 4, 2014 by midnight
    Note: Go to the following website for competition rules and deadlines

2015 MESA Robotics Competition – May. 2015
    Theme & Rules announced – Feb. 2015
    Logistics & Specifications announced – Mar. 2015

East Coast West Coast Alice Competition (tentative)
    More information on the competition will be provided after competition information is finalized.

Professional Development Opportunities for MESA Advisors

Southern MESA Advisory Regional Training (SMART)

The SMART Workshops are an opportunity for MESA Advisors to learn to build MESA projects and learn tips on enforcing the MESA competion rules
Date: Sept. 27, 2014
Location: Chapman University

vMASME Follow-Up Webinars

These webinars are for all MESA Advisors interested in learning more about the given subject. Login information about each webinar will be sent via email when thet information is received.

Workshops and Dates:

Sept. 17, 2014
College Going Advice for Advisors – Panel

Sept. 24, 2014
Leadership Training for MESA Students

Oct. 22, 2014
Computer Science Strand

Jan. 21, 2015
Finacial Aid, The Dream Act and Scholarships

CNSI NanoScience Institute

The High School Nanoscience Program is a joint effort of the California
NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) and the NSF funded IGERT Materials Creation
Training Program (MCTP).  The purpose of the program is to bring
nanoscience to high school classes in the Los Angeles Unified School
District (LAUSD) and throughout the greater Los Angeles area.  Our basic
goal has been to find ways to integrate nanoscience experiments into
the prescribed high school curriculum so that they teach required
fundamental science concepts, while at the same time introducing
students to the new field of nanoscience and exciting them about science
in general.

Workshop and Dates:
Oct. 11, 2014    Self Assembly 
Nov. 8, 2014     Solar Cells 
Dec. 13, 2014    Superhydrophobic Surfaces 
Jan. 24, 2015    Photolithography 
Feb. 21, 2015    Biotoxciity 
Mar. 14, 2015    Water FIltration 
Apr. 11, 2015    Electrochemical Energy Storage 
May 9, 2015      Bipolymers

2014-2015 Weekly Briefs

Weekly Brief : Aug 29, 2014


Attachments: Fall 2014 MESA Advisor Meeeting PPT, JPL Invention Challenge Rules, eCM Application Level 1, eCM Application Level 2, STEM Divide Flyer, Why MESA ? Brochure, Parent Orientation Flyer
2014 -15 MESA Enrollments: Forms: 2014-15 MSP Enrollment Form, PAF Form
MESA Advisor Forms: MESA Advisor Profile, W-9 Form, MESA Advisor Questionnaire, UCLA MESA Advisor Stipend Award Agreement
Weekly Brief: Sept 5, 2014
Attachments: Invent 4 Life Flyer
Weekly Brief: Sept 12, 2014, 
Attachments: Invent 4 Life (see above), SMART Conference Flyer, MESA Competition Rules, MESA Senior List (check email), Parent Orientation Flyer (see above)
Weekly Brief: Sept. 19, 2014
Attachments: 2014-15 MESA Enrollment Form Guidelines, Regional Program Manager Job Description, Invent 4 Life (see above); MESA Senior List (check email)
Weekly Brief: Sept. 26, 2014
Attachments: 2014 JPL Invention Challenge Entry and Release Forms; 2014-15 MESA Enrollment Form Guidelines (see above),  Invent 4 Life (see above); MESA Senior List (check email)
Weekly Brief: Oct. 3, 2014
Attachments: MESA Enrollment Form Guidelines (see above), JPL Challenge Rules (see above), Invent 4 Life (see above)
Weekly Brief: Oct. 10, 2014
Attachments; Parent Orientation Flyer (see above), vMASME Follow-UP Computer Science Webinar, MESA Enrollment Form Guideline (see above)
Weekly Brief: Oct. 24, 2014
Attachment: Tutoring Flyer
Weekly Brief: Nov. 7, 2014
Weekly Brief: Nov. 14, 2014
Attachments: EIT Photo Release Form, ACE Liability and Emergency Contact Form, ACE Demographic Info Form
Weekly Brief: Nov 21, 2014
Attachments: Fall 2014 Activity Log
Weekly Brief: Dec. 5, 2015
Attachment: 2015 Saturday Academy Flyer (updated)
Weekly Brief: Dec. 12, 2014
Attachments: Fall 2014 Activity Log (linked above), Saturday Academy Flyer (Updated Again)
Weekly Brief: Jan 2, 2015
Weekly Brief: Jan 23, 2015
Attachments: Winter MESA Advisor Meeting PPT, UCLA Stipend Award Agreement, MESA Prelims Team Sign Up Form, HS MESA Judging Sign Up, MS Judging Form, GMS Bridge Buiiders Program

Weekly Brief: Jan 31, 2015

Weekly Brief: Feb 6, 2015
Attachments: Google Suite PD, FAFSA Flyer , FAFSA Flyer Spanish, 2015 HS Robotics Rules, 2015 MS Robotics Rules