In Theory: MESA kicks off STEM week

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A student almost sets his sweater on fire with the satellite dish designed by Society of Physics Feb. 13, 2013. File

A student almost sets his sweater on fire with the satellite dish designed by Society of Physics Feb. 13, 2013. File

Extended hours available to STEM students.

By John D. French

Students majoring in science or mathematics might find themselves spending more time in Room 204A of Chance Academic Center. That is the MESA center, and it will host several events.

The Mathematics Engineering and Science Department was first established in Oakland, Calif., with a technical high school more than 40 years ago, and started at this college in 2007, making this the first MESA center in Texas.

The MESA center is open to students of any major 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Students specializing in science, technology, engineering and math can use the area 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

“We also give priority computer usage to our members,” MESA Coordinator Analisa Garza explained. “But we will still tutor any student (from this campus), and any major.” Garza started working at the center in 2012. Student organizations such as the Society of Women Engineers, Society of Physics Students, Mexican-American Engineers and Scientists, and the Society for the Advancement of Chicano Native Americans in Science take advantage of the MESA center by meeting there.

Feb. 17 starts STEM Week, sponsored by Title 5-Adalante Tejas.

A faculty meeting will be noon-2 p.m. Monday, allowing students to get to know the faculty associated with STEM.

STEMulate will take place 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday in the mall.

Garza said the event is going to “showcase a lot of hands on STEM activities (and) it’ll showcase our STEM departments and bring in more student organizations from the community.”

MESA also will have a program allowing students to submit original ideas for research projects.

Accepted proposals will be awarded up to $1,000 and a faculty adviser will overview the project. Though the deadline has not been set, students should turn in proposals to the MESA office center in Room 204A of Chance or electronically to

Students looking for events and organization meeting times can find information on MESA’s calendar on the college website. Click “Student Resources”, then MESA in the left side bar.


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