About Us

The School of Engineering (SoE) strives to maintain an environment that stimulates excellence in scholarship and service along with a commitment to diversity through the coordinated efforts and services of the Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP). Also known as the MESA Engineering Program, MEP is the university level component of the statewide system Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program of the University of California Office of the President. At UC Santa Cruz, MEP is an integral part of the Undergraduate Advising Unit–providing advice in academic, career, social and cultural areas for students in the SoE community.

The Role of MEP

MEP provides a variety of academic and personal support services to encourage the academic success and graduation of aspiring engineering students who are first in their family to attend college or first to enroll in computer science or engineering studies, or from family backgrounds of limited financial resources and less educational opportunities. The MEP learning community augments students’ undergraduate experience by engaging their full participation in services and activities which ensure that students gain access and achieve success, and by leveraging a strong support network that encourages their matriculation into graduate school.

Participation Policy

The MEP Participation Policy started in 2012-13; 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.  The full MEP Participation and Study Center Policies are available for download.

Benefits to Students

  • Academic and personal advising, professional development workshops, faculty and alumni connections
  • 24-hour access to a dedicated resource/study center facility, plus computer lab with printer and internet access and fax machine
  • Tutorial services (tutoring assistance, study cluster groups), tutor positions
  • Individual lockers, lending library, check-out of scientific calculator for exams
  • MESA sponsored events, such as the Student Leadership Conference and lab visits
  • Scholarship opportunities, advise on financial support
  • SHPE and NSBE student organizations support
  • Engineering Summer Bridge program participation (new students), student staff positions
  • Community service connections, outreach, student involvement

Office Space for NSBE and SHPE

MESA has a longstanding history in supporting engineering student organizations. Since MEP moved into Baskin 399, the NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) and the SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) have had office space within the MEP Study Center.

Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Internship Opportunities

STEM or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math degrees are considered by many to be the most difficult to pursue yet most will agree that they are among the most satisfying and can be the most lucrative. As you are probably already aware, your major will require more critical thinking skills, study time, more units, and more time in college. Summer Research and/or Summer Enrichment Programs are an excellent way to gain hands on research experience to prepare for graduate school and the world of academia in the scientific community. Therefore, I encourage you to peruse the programs listed and apply to more than one in case your top pick is not available. Also please encourage your fellow MESA Students to also apply because today’s classmates will be tomorrow’s colleagues. Good Luck!


Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The goals of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities are:

  1. To assist all UCSC undergraduates to engage in the world-class research accomplished at UCSC and/or other programs or institutions;
  2. To provide a central clearing house to help faculty, staff, prospective students, and the community to become aware of the wide array of research resources in the region available to undergraduate;
  3. To increase awareness of the important contributions of UCSC undergraduates to research.


Research Mentoring Institute

The Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering offers the Research Mentoring Institute to support diversity at UCSC and in genomic research by providing scholarships and mentored research training for underrepresented students. The RMI offers academic and professional advising, hands-on research training, and a $1500 scholarship for qualified UCSC undergraduates who are interested in genomic science and its ethical, legal, or social implications (ELSI). Sponsored by the National Human Genome Research Institute, the RMI awards  support the NHGRI's goal to increase the numbers and capabilities of minority scientists, science professionals, and ethicists.

The RMI Application is available ONLINE


UCSC STEM Diversity Programs                                                                                                               

MARC, IMSD, UC LEADS and CAMP students are invited to attend an eight-week Summer Research Institute (SRI) or Summer Research Experience (SRE). During the SRI students are introduced to the theoretical and practical aspects of laboratory research. Under the guidance of UCSC faculty, students develop expertise in areas that are basic to participation in a research laboratory. Students who complete this institute are eligible to begin research in a lab on campus starting the following fall. Fieldtrips and workshops are incorporated into each summer in order to prepare our students for their research experiences. 

Apply for Summer Research Institute or Experience Programs

In addition, during the academic year these programs offer a Lunchtime Professional Development Workshop Series.  Check their website for current schedule.


External Resources


Engineering Scholarships

Use the engineering scholarship database to find funding opportunities for your engineering program, whether you are completing advanced graduate research or just starting an undergraduate science and engineering program. With this directory, you can search for scholarships sponsored by specific schools or states, ensuring that you find the scholarship opportunities unique to your area.

MESA Directory of Programs

A selected listing of summer research and enrichment programs for undergraduate STEM majors.

Pathways to Science

Pathways to Science is a project of the Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP). Pathways to Science supports pathways to the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We place particular emphasis on connecting underrepresented groups with STEM programs, funding, mentoring and resources. Use this website to find programs such as undergraduate summer research opportunities, scholarships, graduate fellowships, postdoctoral positions, as well as resources and materials pertaining to recruitment, retention, and mentoring.