New Mexico Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (NM MESA and/or MESA) is a pre-college program that prepares students for college and careers in mathematics, engineering, science or technically related fields. The MESA program is coordinated through seven regional offices, each staffed by a Regional Coordinator, that is hosted at a local higher education institution, including: UNM main-campus (2), Highlands University (1), UNM Gallup (1), NMSU (1), Santa Fe Community College (1) and ENMU Roswell (1).
MESA supports student programs in middle and high schools throughout the state. Each school program is administered by a teacher (typically a STEM education teacher) from the school who receives a stipend for this work from his or her school district. Through these programs, MESA students participate in a variety of enriched math, science and engineering activities including field trips, speakers, workshops, regional and state-wide academic competitions, community service and leadership development projects. NM MESA provides funding and logistical support for these and other activities.
NM MESA also offers a senior “Loyalty Award” to graduating high school seniors who enroll in college the fall they graduate from high school. This award, which can go as high as $1,000.00 per student, is based on the student’s MESA participation during middle and high school, academic grades and standardized test scores.