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MESA Program

Providing a fresh start


Los Medanos College - Math, Engineering & Science Achievement (MESA) Program

Scholarships & Internship offerings



UCLA summer Medical & Dental Education Program


UCLA Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) targets educationally and financially disadvantaged community college students or students who have demonstrated an interest in issues affecting underserved populations. http://smdep.org/

The SMDEP application can be found at http://smdep.org/ . The deadline to apply is March 1, 2014.


Becas Latinas



LMC Scholarship Page

Link to LMC Scholarship Page


AB540 Scholarship Packet

Link to AB540 Scholarship Packet


UC Davis Scholarships

2013-2014 undergraduate scholarship application process for current UC Davis students is now underway.


The UC Application also serves as the scholarship application, so you apply for scholarships when you complete the application for admission between November 1 – 30. A3.25 college GPA is needed to be considered for UC Davis campus-based scholarships; a letter of recommendation is suggested, though not required. Transfer applicants who wish to be considered for the Regents Scholarship must have a minimum 3.80 college GPA and are required to submit a letter of recommendation (see link below). All transfer students who submit a letter of recommendation by the deadline will have their UC Application packets holistically read by the Scholarship Committee, which may result in a more favorable review. Be sure to read all instructions pertaining to scholarships when completing the application, paying particular attention to the restricted scholarship eligibility codes.

Not all codes apply to UC Davis funds, so we've created a list of https://scholarships.ucdavis.edu/UGScholarships/admin/shared/ShowRestCodes.cfm .

If you wish to be considered for need-based scholarships, you must also complete a http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ , or for non-citizen AB540-eligible students, a http://www.csac.ca.gov/dream_act.asp beginning January 1, 2013. Be sure to include our school code, 001313.

Transfer Student Letter of Recommendation Request form:https://scholarships.ucdavis.edu/UGScholarships/MyScholarships/


Scholarship website: http://financialaid.ucdavis.edu/scholarships/Apply.html


UC Berkeley:The Achievement Award Program (TAAP)


The scholarship is available to both incoming freshmen and community college transfer studentsas well as AB 540 Students. TAAP seeks high-achieving, community service-oriented students and provides them with the financial capital necessary tofund their higher education. In addition, the programfostersa strong support network with Berkeley alumniandprovides academic, professional, and personal guidanceas students pursue their individual academic journeys at the university.

Visit website for more information: http://alumni.berkeley.edu/services/scholarships/achievement-award-program


The Es El Momento Scholarship


Univision has begun a scholarship called The Es El Momento Scholarship which has been available as of October 21, 2013.


The Es El Momento Scholarship will be open to all students of Latino/Hispanic heritage regardless of whether they are US citizens or undocumented. The amount awarded for each scholarship is approximately $5,000.

Eligibility requirements for The Es El Momento Scholarship application:

1. Interested students need to first go online and then register

2. Applicant must be of Latino/Hispanic heritage

3. Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale

4. First generation college student

5. Have not already earned a bachelor’s degree

6. Verification of Family Income documents

7. Three Essay Responses (400 to 600 words each):

a. Tell us about your academic/career short-term and long-term goals. How has your Hispanic heritage influenced these goals?

b. Describe your participation in extracurricular activities (community service, volunteer work, employment, school clubs, sports, family, church, etc.). What have you learned from your experience(s)?

c. Describe a recent academic challenge you have faced. Explain how you overcame it.


Application Deadline: November 18, 2013

Form more information: https://www.scholarshipaid.net/app/univision/


Kennedy King Scholarship



  1. Be of African-American, Latino, Native American, or of Pacific Islander descent, i.e. a minority group underrepresented at four-year colleges and universities in California.
  2. Be enrolled for the fall semester prior to the award (or have completed your course work within the past year) at Diablo Valley, Contra Costa, or Los Medanos Colleges. Applicants may not be currently enrolled nor intend to enroll before next June in a four-year college or university.
  3. Be eligible (have sufficient and proper units) to transfer to a four-year institution with junior standing for the next fall term (or at the latest the next spring term) following the award.
  4. Provide evidence of financial need.
  5. Complete and submit on time the application with required attachments. If selected for interview, you MUST attend the Saturday morning Selection Committee interviews in the spring.


Application Deadline: February 3rd 2014

For more information: http://www.kennedyking.org/


PG&E Scholarships


PGE has several scholarships for college students. Please fill out the 2014 Scholarship Application AND the supplemental application.


Link to application

Application Deadline: February 16th 2014


PG&E Bright Minds 30,000 Scholarship


Last year ten scholarships of up to $30,000 per year were awarded and 90 finalists received a one-time $2,500 scholarship.


Applicants must meet all of the following criteria

  • Be a minimum of 16 years of age and be a high school senior or graduate, have received GED certification or be a current postsecondary undergraduate student.

  • Live within the PG&E Service Area

  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire 2013-2014 academic year.

NOTE: Nontraditional students who are returning to school or planning to pursue a postsecondary education for the first time are eligible and encouraged to apply


Link to application

Application Deadline: February 28th 2014


DREAM Act Student Activist Scholarship Program and MORE


Database of various scholarships and programs from MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund).

Eligibility, requirements and deadlines vary.

Check out links for more details.







2015 Spring Congressional Internship Available Now!


The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) is seeking full-time college undergraduate students who are interested inparticipating in the 2015 Spring Congressional Internship Program. Selected individualswill receivean unmatched experience learning first-hand about our nation’s legislative process working for a member of Congress, as well as stipends, housing and round-trip airfare.

Students of ALL majors that have an interest in the development of public policy and who have demonstrated leadership abilities should apply. DACA students are also eligible to apply.

Click here to learn more about the program and its requirements.

Selection Process
The selection process is competitive. CHCI receives over ten applications for every one available internship opportunity. The CHCI Alumni Review Committee reviews applications to identify the most qualified candidates. CHCI staff will select top candidates for internship positions.

Online Application Instructions
Applicants must complete the CHCI online application by November 7, 2014. Please contact Crista Arias, CHCI College Programs Specialist, at carias@chci.org with any questions.




Click here for the 2014 internship packet!!


2014 UC Davis Summer Institute on Integrated Computing and STEM Education


June 30 - July 11, 2014

University of California, Davis

One Shields Ave, Davis, CA 95616

Week 1 (June 30 - July 3): Common Core Mathematical Concepts with Computing and Robotics

Week 2 (July 7- July 11): Robotic Activities and Computer Programmingfor Solving Applied Problems

This intensive summer institute is designed to train K-14 STEM teachers on the principles of robotics and computing and how to integrate them into STEM classes. Teachers will learn specific teaching pedagogy for integrating computing and robotics activities into math, science and engineering curricula, as well as how to support the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) using the

C-STEM Curriculum with interactive computing, programming, and robotics.

Participants will receive three textbooks, electronic teaching materials, and one software license. Lunch will be provided. CEU credit is available.

Math, Physical Science, CTE, Engineering and Technology teachers are encouraged to participate. Curriculum can be used in core classes as well as after school.

Please register by May 9th for early registration. Space is limited.


Summer Institute Web Link



Biomedical Research Internship program in San Francisco this Summer

Want to do research in a lab this summer?

Promoting Underrepresented Minorities Advancing in the Sciences (PUMAS) is a paid biomedical research internship program; students make approximately $3,200 over the summer

The Gladstone Institutes PUMAS program is still accepting applications; the deadline to apply is Friday May 9, 2014 at 6:00pm


Gladstone is a non-profit biomedical research organization located on UCSF’s Mission Bay campus in San Francisco. During the program, PUMAS interns are paired with a scientific mentor and work on an individual research project in one of our laboratories. PUMAS interns work full-time (~32hrs/week) over the course of 8-weeks (Mon 6/16 – Fri 8/8) and participate in a final poster session where they present their research findings to the scientific community here at Gladstone & UCSF. More details can be found in the attached application packet.

Eligibility Requirements:

· No prior research experience required

· Must be a United States citizen or permanent resident to apply. International students are NOT eligible for this program.

· Be currently enrolled as a community college student whose planning on transferring to a 4-year institution to pursue a B.S. in a STEM field (Science Technology Engineering & Math)

· Minimum cumulative Grade Point Average GPA of 2.50

· Successful completion of 2 semesters of college-level science courses with a lab component (chemistry and molecular biology preferred but not required)

· Emphasis is placed on identifying applicants who are historically underrepresented in the sciences (African-American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, Native American), including students who are socioeconomically disadvantaged, first-generation college students, or students with disabilities.

Program Details:

· 8-week summer internship from Monday June 16 –Friday August 9, 2014

· PUMAS interns will work 1-on-1 with a scientific mentor doing hands-on biomedical research in a laboratory

· Interns research experience is guided by faculty mentors, postdocs and/or graduate students

· During the summer, PUMAS interns will also participate in regular weekly meetings with their mentors, labmates, and fellow interns

· PUMAS interns are paid hourly ($10.74/hr) and work full-time (~32hrs/wk)

· Location of internship is the Gladstone Institutes, 1650 Owens Street, San Francisco, CA

· Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Gladstone and their own housing. However, students are eligible for a housing/travel allowance of up to $2,400

Potential Research Areas Include:

· Heart disease

· Stroke

· Diabetes

· Cardiovascular Regeneration

· Cardiac Arrhythmias

· Learn more aboutGladstone Cardiovascular Research

Application Checklist:

· PUMAS application form

· Essay Questions

· Copy of your most recent college transcript

· Resume

· 1-2 letters of recommendation from a science faculty/professor at your college

Commitment to Diversity: Gladstone is committed to broadening participation in biomedical research. We strongly encourage students from historically under-represented groups in the sciences to apply to our internship program, including students who are socioeconomically disadvantaged, first-generation college students, or students with disabilities.

Questions can be addressed to:

Shannon Noonan, Education & Community Partnerships Manager
Gladstone Institutes

1650 Owens Street, San Francisco CA 94158
Phone: 415-734-2054

Fax: 415-355-0826



Clinical Immersion and Mentoring Summer Internship


Description:This is a four(4) week, full-time program where program participants will directly observe patient care while shadowing a health care provider in the hospital or clinic while being exposed to a variety of health careers including:
Medicine, Public Health, Dentistry, Nursing, PA, Paramedic/EMT/Fire, and Health Care Administration.

The internship will allow you to:
*Shadow mentors in patient care settings

* Gain clinical exposure
*Interact with health professionals
*Attend hands-on workshops
*Participate in weekly mentorship workshops
*Participate in community service opportunities and field trips


Program Duration: July 7th, 2014- August 1st, 2014 (4 weeks), M-F 9am-4:30pm


Location:Alameda Health System-Highland Hospitaland Samuel Merritt University, Oakland, CA

www.highlandahs.org www.samuelmerritt.edu


Stipend: Participants will receive a stipend during the internship.

Stipend amount will be $250 for high school students and $750 for college students, graduates, and post-bac students.


Who is eligible to apply:

-Pre-health/pre-medical students

-High school students(must be 15 years of age)

-College students

-College graduates



Application Deadlines:

High School Student Application Due: May 19th, 2014 by 6pm online.

Apply at: www.mimscience.org/summerinternship/highschoolapplication


College student, College graduate, Post-bac student Application Due: May 1st, 2014 by 6pm online.

Apply at:www.mimscience.org/summerinternship/collegeapplication


Contact Information:

Nelly Gonzalez

Program and Operations Director


Mentoring in Medicine & Science



Summer 2014 Opportunity for LMC Biology Students


Join the LMC Bioscience Research Team!

Are you looking for an exciting summer job where you will be challenged to ask big questions and develop awesome science skills while having fun? Have you ever wondered what a career in biological science research would be like?


Conduct Bioscience Research at LMC!


Who: LMC Biology students working as a team with Professor Liubicich


What: Research project: Exploring the impact of endocrine disruptors on freshwater sponge development. Freshwater sponges are a potentially important bioindicator for changes in our waterways. We will work together to examine the effects of endocrine disruptor chemicals on tissue morphology and gene expression during sponge development. We will also organize a student research symposium for Fall 2014 at LMC. Research team members will earn $10/hr.


When: June 9th - July 31st 2014

9am to 4pm, Monday – Thursday, with some Friday field trips around the Bay Area


Where: LMC Campus, Pittsburg, CA

The culmination of the research program will be a presentation of student research at the first annual Los Medanos College STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Research Symposium during the Fall 2014 semester. This event will highlight the scientific work students completed as part of on or off campus internships, research programs, or voluntary laboratory work. This Symposium will provide students the opportunity to share what they learned with other students and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.


Please fill out both the application and reference form if you are interested in this great opportunity.

Application: Bio Research Application

Reference Form: Bio Research Reference Form



UC Davis Health System Department of Surgery Pre-Medical Surgical Internship & Mentorship Program

This program is open to ALL pre-medical students regardless of year, academic standing, or academic institution. If you are interested in a career in medicine you are eligible to apply!

All undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students from all institutions planning on applying to medical school are eligible. This includes community college, CSU, UC, private university, and graduating high school students who are at least 17 years old.


The site for the program is the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, CA. This 650-bed hospital is the major teaching affiliate for the UC Davis School of Medicine. The Hospital serves an area of tremendous diversity in both cultural and socioeconomic background. It is a Level 1 Trauma Center, and home to the only burn center, children’s hospital, and transplant center in Northern California. Furthermore, it is the only institution of its kind in Northern California. It is one of the five busiest Trauma Centers in the country and has been featured in multiple television programs. Their focus of service to those most in need underpins the teaching activities in this setting.


The Department of Surgery consists of the following surgical subspecialties:

  • Trauma & Emergency Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • General Surgery
  • Burn Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Otolaryngology Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Urological Surgery
  • Transplant Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery

This is not a volunteering or shadowing program. This is a mentorship where you will be interacting with multiple physicians in the Department of Surgery. You will be working directly with physicians every step of the way, from seeing patients in the intensive care unit, to pre-operative, post-operative, bedside, trauma bay, operating rooms, clinics, conferences, journal clubs and rounds. You will experience the duties physicians perform on a daily basis. You will be part of the team and regarded as such. This program is under the supervision and guidelines set forth by the Chairman of Surgery at the UC Davis Health System.

This is an extraordinarily unique opportunity. Maturity, attentiveness, and being able to follow directions are imperative. This is a fast-paced environment where life and death are on the line every second of the day. Professionalism and maturity are expected. The surgeons voluntarily participating in this program are enthusiastic about having pre-med interns since they were once pre-medical students. Their goal is to give you the best learning experience possible. So please be respectful of them at all times. Additionally, we ask that you remain flexible and follow their instructions.

Summer 2014 Application Deadline: March 31, 2014 at 11:59pm PST

For More Information & Application: http://www.premedsurgery.org/


Chemistry Immersion Program (CHIP)

The Chemistry Immersion Program (CHIP) will take place from July 20 through July 25, 2014. CHIP is a one-week program during which CHIP Scholars will have valuable opportunities to enhance knowledge of key concepts in chemistry and biochemistry as well as gain valuable experience with laboratory technology while staying in MU campus housing with all housing and dining expenses covered for those who qualify.

CHIP Students will complete four two-hour labs in chemistry and four two-hour labs in biochemistry and gain valuable experience with laboratory technology. Our goal is to engage students on multiple levels: laboratory investigations into chemistry and biochemistry concepts, exploration into laboratory technology, collaboration with peers to analyze and interpret data, and exploration of career opportunities related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics [STEM] during evening seminars.

This is an excellent opportunity for students to reinforce their knowledge of chemistry and biochemistry in preparation for college. The expectation is that CHIP Scholars will take what they have learned through CHIP and use that knowledge to make a successful collegiate science experience. We are also encouraging CHIP Scholars to investigate undergraduate research opportunities for students at MU or at the university they plan to attend.


Please see CHIP flyer inviting students CHIP%20Flyer%20for%20STUDENTS


Please go to the CHIP website for additional information: http://chip.missouri.edu/


UC Berkeley's School of Optometry Information Sessions

This summer UC Berkeley's School of Optometry will offer two information sessions (June 18-20 and July 16-18) - LMC MESA students are encouraged to apply.

Application deadline is April 28, 2014


For more information:http://optometry.berkeley.edu/admissions/opto-camp



2014 LSAMP Paid Summer Research Program at Cornell University

Cornell University LSAMP-REU is a paid summer research opportunity that provides undergraduate participants with the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty and staff as well as network with others in their field of interest through weekly luncheons.

Cornell University LSAMP-REU offers

  • A research stipend of $4,000
  • A round-trip travel stipend up to $300 for students living outside of Ithaca, NY
  • A double room in a residential hall
  • A campus bus pass or a campus parking pass
  • Access to state-of-the-art laboratories, libraries, computer/study lounges, etc

Application Deadline:   March 1, 2014

Apply at http://www.engineering.cornell.edu/diversity/summer/lsamp.cfm


Cancer Research Training Program (PAID) Summer Internship

The Center to Eliminate Cancer Health Disparities at the Charles Drew University (CDU) and the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCLA (UCLA) are hosting a great summer internship opportunity for undergraduate students.

The Undergraduate Cancer Research Training Program (UCRTP) is a summer internship to train undergraduates in technical and critical thinking skills in a laboratory, clinical, or community setting. The goal of the UCRTP is to ensure that each undergraduate student acquires the knowledge, skills, and attitude to become a proficient researcher in cancer research. Each student intern acquires training by working on a hypothesis-driven scientific research project, at CDU or UCLA, alongside a designated mentor during the course of 8-12 weeks.

A stipend is provided to students in the program. The internship is competitive, and applications are

due on March 1, 2014.


Please apply at http://cdrewu-dcrt.org/education_training.aspx?page=undergrad_apply


Paid Student Internship Opportunity at NASA Ames for Community College Students

NASA Ames offers paid year-long internships for part-time community college students in a variety of subjects.


ACCEDP endeavors to build and maintain partnerships with community colleges throughout the SF Bay Area Community Colleges, creating opportunities for a more diverse pool of students and future professionals.


ACCEDP is accepting applications NOW for immediate Fall and Spring Semester placements!

Click here for more information and/or apply


NASA Internships, Scholarships, and Fellowships

Click here for NASA internships etc.


Big Break Visitor Center in Oakley, CA

Big Break Visitor Center in Oakley, CA has posted job opportunities for 2 more Interpretive Student Aides.

Get your application in soon!


See the links below for information and application links.


2014 E3S Summer Research Internship

The Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science (E3S) is accepting applications for summer internship positions at UC Berkeley, MIT, Stanford and University of Texas at El Paso.

Date:June 8-August 9, 2014
Locations: UC Berkeley, MIT, Stanford, and University of Texas at El Paso


What is the E3S Summer Research Program?A 9-week program that introduces energy efficient electronics science to undergraduates who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in science and engineering. Summer interns have the opportunity to join E3S researchers working in a collaborative and innovative environment to make fundamental breakthroughs in the underlying physics, chemistry, and material science of electronics systems. Learn more at:


Internship Overview

·Real-world experience: Work on challenging projects developing materials and devices for ultra-low energy electronics

·Summer salary: $4,000 stipend

·Live and work in Boston or the San Francisco Bay Area: Travel to/from institution, summer housing, and meals provided

·Mentorship: Work one-on-one with research mentor and program staff

·Professional development: Graduate school preparation seminars, GRE prep course, guest speakers, and lab tours


·US citizen or permanent resident

·Rising sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors

·Engineering and physical science majors

·Minimum GPA: 3.25


E3SCommitment to Diversity:E3Sis committed to broadening participation in science and engineering. We strongly encourage students from historically under-represented groups in science and engineering to apply to our internship program, including students who are socioeconomically disadvantaged, first-generation college students, or have limited access to undergraduate research in their undergraduate constitutions.Our program is designed to promote future student success by providing support through mentoring, leadership training and various networking activities.


Application Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2014

For more information: http://www.e3s-center.org/research/

Download Flyer: E3S Summer Research Program Flyer



2014 Transfer to Excellence (TTE) Summer Research Program



  1. Must be a United States citizen or permanent resident to apply. International students are NOT eligible for this program.
  2. 3.25 grade point average or higher for science, engineering, and math courses
  3. Enrolled in a California community college at the time of application.
  4. Completed two calculus courses. (You may be enrolled in your 2nd calculus course at the time of application.)
  5. Completed three science or engineering courses, one of which has a laboratory component. (You may be enrolled in your 3rd science or engineering course at the time of application.)
  6. Plan to return to a community college in California in Fall 2014.
  7. Plan to apply for transfer admission to a baccalaureate program in science or engineering in Fall 2014.
  8. No prior research experience required.


Application Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2014

For more information: http://www.e3s-center.org/education/edu-tte-reu-appl2.htm


2014 TRUST Student Transfer and Research


The TRUST-STAR will be offered on a competitive basis to those individuals who, at the application deadline:

  1. Are citizens or permanent residents of the United States
  2. Are enrolled in a California Community College at the time of application majoring in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems or similar degree
  3. Have completed three computer science, computer engineering or computer information courses with programming knowledge in an object-oriented language such as C++, Java or Python
  4. Have completed two calculus courses
  5. Have a 3.5 grade point average or higher
  6. Plan to return to a community college in California in Fall 2013
  7. Plan to apply for transfer admission to a baccalaureate program in computer science, computer engineering or electrical engineering in Fall 2013


Application Deadline: Saturday, March 1, 2014

For more information: http://www.truststc.org/education/star/14/instructions2014.html


2014 Harvard Forest Summer Research Program



  • Stipend of $5500 for the 11-week session
  • Free furnished housing at Fisher House or Raup House
  • Free full meal plan
  • Travel reimbursement for one round trip to the Forest (federal grant restrictions apply)

Program Dates

Monday, May 26 - Friday, August 8, 2014


Link to application


Application Deadline: February 7th, 2014


UC Davis Physics REU/Internship


Participants receive housing, a food allowance, and a $4500 stipend!



  • Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. This is a condition of our funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation. We will accept non-citizens only if they can provide their own funding.

  • Students must have finished at least one year of college by summer 2014 but may not have completed a B.S., B.A., or equivalent degree.

  • College students from two-year or four-year institutions may apply. All participants must be continuing their college education in Fall 2014.

  • Strong preference is given to students who have completed at least one year of calculus-based introductory physics.

  • Although there is some flexibility in dates, we normally ask that students be able to attend the program for at least 9 weeks, through August 15.

Link to application