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Each semester, MESA has a number of programs and events you can participate in. Make sure to check in to the MESA center regularly to see what’s coming up.

Programs and Events

MESA Scholarship Information

The Los Rios MESA Scholarship awards selected applicants varied monetary scholarships ($100 – $300). Applications are due each year during spring semester.

Who can Apply?

Any MESA or ASEM student who is enrolled in the MESA program at ARC, CRC, or SCC during spring semester is eligible to apply. To apply for the MESA scholarship, download the Scholarship Application (PDF). The application is an editable PDF file; please download the file to your computer before editing the file. 


  1. Completed Scholarship Application consisting of:
    • Contact Sheet
    • Math & Science Courses Sheet
    • Awards, Honors, Achievement & Activites Sheet
  2. Personal Statement
  3. A complete set of transcripts from every college you have attended (unofficial acceptable)
  4. Faculty Recommendation Form*
  5. Faculty Letter of Recommendation in a sealed envelope.* Envelopes are available in the MESA office.

Items 1-3 must be submitted digitally via Canvas. Sign in to Canvas and select the blue Submit Assignment button.
*Items 4-5 are the only components that may be physically turned in to the MESA Center in RHS-122.

MESA Orientation Sessions

All new MESA students must attend an orientation session. Check back soon for upcoming orientation dates and locations.

Math/Chemistry Boot Camp

During the week before Fall and Spring semesters begin, Los Rios MESA and faculty facilitate a 3-day boot camp for incoming Math and Chemistry students. Participants will work on Math and/or Chemistry topics that reinforce fundamentals in preparation for the students’ registered classes. Eligible students are any current members of the MESA community at one of the three Los Rios campuses, including MESA Associates or ASEM students. Eligible students must have an up-to-date application or re-enrollment documentation.

Check back soon for announcements on future Boot Camp dates and locations.

Professional Development Program (PDP)

What is the Professional Development Program?

The program pairs motivated students with Los Rios faculty mentors. Students and mentors work together to advance the students’ career and academic goals. At the start of Spring semester, students and faculty mentors will design a contract to set objectives and expectations. Participants then complete six activities that encompass academic growth in their chosen field, career development, public service, and personal enrichment designed to enhance professional skills.

Who is eligible?

Eligible students are any current members of the MESA community at one of the three Los Rios campuses, including MESA Associates or ASEM students. Eligible students must have submitted a complete MESA application or re-enrollment and all appropriate documentation as verified by their MESA Director.

Is there financial support?

To defray potential expenses, the program provides participants with a $500 stipend for the Spring semester. Students will receive an initial amount of $200 upon accepting the MESA Professional Development Program offer. The remaining $300 will be distributed at the end of the semester, once mentors and students have agreed that their goals have been met.

How do you apply?

Complete and application form, print, and submit the completed application with a letter of recommendation in a sealed envelope to your MESA director before the due date.

MESA Professional Development Program Application (PDF)

When is the application due?

The Professional Development Program application is due November 20, 2019. Late submissions will not be considered.

When do applicants hear back?

All complete applications will be reviewed by a committee of STEM faculty representing ARC, CRC, and SCC MESA Centers. The top 30 applicants from all three campuses will be sent acceptance offers early spring semester. The awards will include a pairing with a Los Rios faculty mentor.

Science Transfer Project

The CSUS-Los Rios Science Transfer Project (STP) is designed to help students enrolled in the Los Rios Community College District who plan to transfer to CSUS to complete a Bachelor's degree in the science major.

The STP is supported by a Bridges to the Baccalaureate grant from the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences, a division of the National Institutes of Health. The goal of the grant project is to increase the number of underrepresented minority students being trained as the next generation of scientists.

The CSUS-Los Rios Transfer Project supports this goal by reaching out a helping hand to students from underrepresented groups enrolled in the Los Rios Community College District and who have an interest in majors related to careers in the biomedical sciences. Hence, the CSUS-Los Rios Science Transfer Project (STP) is designed to enhance academic performance, facilitate transfer, and increase opportunities for a career in science.

For more information stop by the MESA Center in Science SCI104, and visit CSUS Science Educational Equity Program.

Transfer and Student Awards Reception

The Los Rios MESA Transfer and Student Awards Reception is held each spring to honor MESA student achievements.

Transfer students wishing to appear in the program should:

Your biography, photo, and release form should be emailed to Julia Villalobos at

Check back soon for more information on this year's event and upcoming due dates.