Help MESA Students Gain Professional Development Experience
UCSC is an institution committed to creating a more culturally diverse and equitable future in the sciences. With approximately 34% of students being low-income and/or of the first generation in their families to attend university, UCSC prides itself on being an institute for social mobility.
The MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement) Engineering Program is a central component of the university’s effort to unleash the potential of our students who face socioeconomic barriers.
MESA provides academic counseling, community, study space, and professional development opportunities for students from historically excluded groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
As the world of professional STEM grows increasingly specialized and competitive, the professional development opportunities that MESA provides to the students it serves are not only beneficial; they are crucial to student success!
STEM conferences, job training workshops, and opportunities for students to engage with professional mentors in their respective fields—these edifying experiences are necessary but require financial resources.
Too often, financial barriers keep historically excluded student groups from receiving the professional development opportunities they need to succeed.
This is why MESA is imploring your support on Giving Day 2023.
Your gift to the Professional Development Opportunity Fund will make it possible for academically excellent students in financial need to attend professional development events so that they will obtain the experiences and opportunities they need to succeed.
Donations will go toward travel expenses, boarding, and registration fees for these vital engagements. Approximately $2k provides complete support for a 5-day domestic conference for a student.
Follow the link below to visit the Professional Development Opportunity Fund page for information on how to give, as well as more about MESA and the Baskin School of Engineering.