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MESA Culture of Effective Leadership Scholarship

Critical for MESA Creators is knowledge of the Culture of Effective Leadership - this is a collection of 3 books that are essential for leadership development. To truly become effective leaders, the challenge for all MESA Creators is to own the Culture of Effective Leadership - this means: purchase the books, read the books, gain knowledge from the books, apply the knowledge gained, and build the wisdom that is necessary for leaders!

The Culture of Effective Leadership has the following books:

  1. Leading Change (Author: John P. Kotter)
  2. The Culture of Collaboration (Author: Evan Rosen)
  3. Crucial Conversations (Authors: Patterson, Grenny, McMillan & Switzler)
More than scholars, the MESA Program creates leaders! Learn more about the Culture of Effective Leadership.


What is research?

Twenty-five MESA students (10 from City College and Southwestern College each and 5 from SDSU) attend a 1-week Research Academy at San Diego State University (SDSU) in the summery. The Academy is designed as a "trainer the trainer academy for understanding 'what is research?'" The Academy was designed and implemented by 3 SDSU graduate research students. The Academy schedule includes:

  • Monday: Training on the research process and how to give a research presentation, including information on research opportunities at SDSU, UCSD and USD
  • Tuesday - Thursday: Students, assigned in teams of 5 (2 from City College and Southwestern College each and 1 from SDSU), conduct an "investigative shadow" of ongoing research projects at SDSU or UCSD
  • Friday: Each research team present a 1-hour presentation on their assigned research project. The students also evaluat each other using a presentation rubric.

Beyond the Research Academy, each of the teams (in pairs) is responsible for presenting their research experience at City College, Southwestern College and SDSU. In addition, each research presentation will be given to MESA pre-college programs in San Diego and Imperial County.

This project is led by the San Diego MESA Alliance (San Diego City College, Southwestern College & SDSU), with funding provided by the California Space Grant Consortium – a NASA sponsored program.

Research Academy Training Materials

Additional Miscellaneous Documents


Progress Reports = Dress 4 Success

During progress report weeks, MESA Creators are invited to "dress 4 success" at least once. When you dress for success, you feel good about yourself.  When you feel good about yourself, it makes it easier to speak with professors about your progress in classes.

It is simple to "dress 4 success": wear business casual clothing!  For men - this means slacks and a collared shirt.  For women - this means slacks or a skirt and a blouse.

Progress report weeks are:

  • Week 4
  • Week 8
  • Week 12

For more information on progress reports, view the "Benefits of Progress Reports" video.

Dress for success and look like a MESA Creator!


MESA Legacy: Barry Cordero, SHPE National Vice President

Congratulations to Barry Cordero for being elected as 2011-2012 SHPE National Vice President and the 2013-2016 SHPE President!!!!!!

While at City College, Barry was Vice President of the SHPE Chapter that won national outstanding medium chapter of the year! Barry transferred to UCSD in 2004. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Bioengineering. He is currently a Principal Project Engineer at Medtronic in Minneapolis.

He is a role model and inspiration for all of us! MESA Creators make dreams come true!


Legacy of the AWIS San Diego Scholars

The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is a national organization dedicated to achieving equity and full participation of women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology.  Since 2003, six remarkable young women from the San Diego City College Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Program have received a $1,000 scholarship from AWIS San Diego.  Overcoming life challenges – first in their family to attend college, low income, single mom or military veteran, this is their inspiring story of transfer, achievement and success! Most recently in 2012, MESA Creator Hue Simone, a mathematics major, was awarded the AWIS Scholarship. The previous five MESA Creators who received the AWIS scholarship have earned Bachelor of Science Degrees in Math, Engineering and Science areas, and they have all gone on to graduate study, including 1 Masters program and 4 Ph.D. programs at Harvard University, University of North Florida, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyStanford University and Rice University!

Click here to meet these amazing MESA Creators!

Handout: Legacy of the AWIS San Diego Scholars (PDF)


Bridging the Gap - Forbes Magazine & NBC 7/39

November 22, 2011 - San Diego City College MESA Program Director Rafael Alvarez was interviewed by NBC 7 reporter Rory Devine, in response to a Forbes Magazine article on Hispanics in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Below are links to the Forbes article and NBC 7 video. Also included in the video is a San Diego State University MESA student and President of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) – SDSU Chapter.

Article – Forbes Magazine, Tuesday, November 22
Are Hispanics America’s Next Great STEM Innovators?

Video – “As seen on” NBC 7, Tuesday, November 22:
Bridging the Gap: There are high paying, professional jobs for college graduates, but not enough qualified people to fill them.


Internships/Research Opportunities

You learn the fundamentals in the classroom. This knowledge is very important. It creates your foundation. But there is more learning that takes place outside the classroom!

Research programs and industry internships give you fantastic opportunities to expand your knowledge and gain valuable experience - wisdom! There are many research and internship opportunities waiting for you. Find your future. You won't know what is possible, unless you apply.

In particular, did you know? The National Science Foundation (NSF) has research programs in math, engineering and science for undergraduate students, and these programs give priority to community college students! The programs are known as REU's (Research Experience for Undergraduates). Special thanks to Xuemei Wang - Education Coordinator @ UCSD Engineering Research Center - Center for Integrated Access Networks, for visiting City College to present her REU on Integrated Optics for Undergraduates. Learn more, see the REU website for Xuemei's REU program or see the NSF website for all available REU's at many top universities thoughout the country. The deadline to apply is in February. Apply early! Note: Xuemei is in the center of the announcement picture, surrounded by many MESA Creators.

Learn more, see the Other Internships/Research webpage under Industry Exposure -  Academic, Personal, Professional Development



Scholarship deadlines are coming up! Apply. Apply. Apply! Deadlines vary. APPLY NOW!

Learn more, see the Scholarships webpage under Academic, Personal, Professional Development


Industry Exposure - Career InfoNet

Industry Exposure is a key part of the professional development for all MESA creators. How much do you know about your career choice? Visit CareerOneStop - America's Career InfoNet to increase your career knowledge. Every MESA Creator must be familiar with this website! This is a fantastic site for finding an "occupation profile" for your career choice. Occupation profiles include an occupation description, career video, wage information, employment trends, important knowledge, skills & abilities, tools & technology, eduation and training, and much more! Enter your desired occupation in the "site search" window, then choose the occupation(s) that best matches your interests.

Also, visit the Industry Exposure page on the MESA Program website for other information.



Every Friday from 12 pm - 1 pm in the MESA Center!

Come join us for an hour of music and relaxation as a way to celebrate the end of another week!  MESA monthly birthdays are also celebrated during MESA Hour on the first Friday of each month.