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MESA Community College Program (MCCP) Partnership

CPIMA formed a partnership with the California Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) Community College Program (MCCP) in 2005 and developed pilot programs in 2006. The MCCP “provides math, engineering and science academic enrichment to community college students so they excel academically and transfer to four-year institutions as math-based majors.” Most of the students are members of groups underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields as MESA emphasizes participation by students from groups with low eligibility rates for four-year institutions.CPIMA co-organized the first Stanford Community College MESA Day on May 5, 2006 along with Stanford’s Office of Science Outreach, School of Engineering, School of Arts and Sciences, School of Earth Sciences and School of Medicine. Approximately 150 students from throughout the state attended. The students listened to a faculty key-note address, a panel of former and current Stanford students who came from backgrounds similar to theirs and a speaker from admissions/financial aid in the morning. In the afternoon, the students were separated into twenty small groups (less than ten students per group) and had lunch while getting a campus tour with a Stanford undergraduate student. The small groups visited two labs for tours in the afternoon. CPIMA faculty labs giving tours were Boxer, Frank, and McGehee.

CPIMA held a pilot program for the Fall of 2006 academic year with the more local MCCP’s. A series of four workshops on conducting research was developed including: What is scientific research?; How to do a literature search and make the most of the library; Communicating Research Results; and Summer Research Internships. After an orientation on the curriculum for the workshops and what type of audience to expect, CPIMA graduate students and post-docs from IBM in groups of two to Skyline College, an MCCP near Stanford and conducted the workshops. These were part of a special course at Skyline College and very well attended. We plan on increased activities in the Fall of 2007.