Multicultural Engineering Program


MESA LogoMulticultural Engineering Program (MEP)

Also known as the MESA Engineering Program, is the university level component of the statewide Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) - a program of the University of California Office of the President. At UC Santa Cruz, MEP is supported by the Baskin School of Engineering with its goal to promote diversity and facilitate the retention and graduation of a diverse population of students, especially groups which continue to remain the most underrepresented in engineering studies. The program received the 2004 UC Santa Cruz Excellence Through Diversity Award which is presented to programs or individuals for efforts which promote a diverse and inclusive environment.

MEP Eligibility

Eligibility for MEP participation is intended for School of Engineering students who meet any of the following:

  • are first in their family to attend college or first to enroll in engineering/computer science studies
  • may have limited financial resources or experienced socio-economic challenges (low-income, financial need)
  • are from historically underrepresented or marginalized groups who typically do not pursue engineering studies


                                Photo of students presenting project in the Engineering Summer Bridge program

Students who have participated in pre-university service programs (e.g. Early Academic Outreach, Upward Bound, MESA MSP or MCCP, Talent Search, Puente, DEEP, Smith Scholastic Society, etc.) are encouraged to apply.

Participation Policy

With the goal of supporting your undergraduate experience as an engineering student while at the same time providing peer mentor support, it is important that students actively participate and engage in various academic, student leadership and professional development activities. In order to maintain your MEP eligibility for the following academic year, every student is required to meet the minimum Standard Participation.

The full participation policy is available online.

MEP Application

The online application is currently closed. The program will accept applications again in August 2015 for the 2015-16 academic year.

MEP Orientation - Fall 2014

Monday October 27, 3:30-4:30pm @ MEP Study Center. It is intended for new members but continuing MEP members are welcome to attend. I will be presenting an overview of MEP services, as well as reviewing the Participation and Facilities Usage Policies.

MEP Welcome - Fall 2014

Come and meet current and new MEP students at our annual Fall Welcome!



Thursday, October 23

Time 12-2pm

MEP Study Center (Baskin 399)




Photo of students in MEP Study Center


  • Come mix and mingle with new and incoming MEP members
  • Meet the MEP Director
  • Learn more about MEP resources and services
  • Have some fun and enjoy light refreshments





Photo of students in MEP Study Center