MESA Research Poster Projects

MESA's Annual Research Poster Project Symposium

The MESA's annual Research Poster Project Symposium provides an opportunity for community college students to begin building undergraduate research experience before attending a 4-year university. Community college students often do not have the same research opportunities as students at 4-year universities, making the transition to research positions at CSU, UC and private colleges difficult. Through the MESA research poster projects, students can gain the necessary knowledge to apply for internships at research institutions. 

In addition, some of our MESA students have the opportunity to work side-by-side with senior engineering students from Sonoma State University through the Pathway to Engineering (PtE) Internship. This internship is a unique opportunity for students of both campuses to work with each other, learn from each other, and complete a real working product.

What is a Research Poster Project?

The Research Poster Project is an independent study opportunity where, as a two or three person team, students select a research topic, execute a research plan, and present their findings in a poster format. MESA provides the technology needed to create the poster, pays for poster printing, provides mentoring and proof-reading, and hosts a presentation forum! 

View former students Research Poster Projects hanging up in our MESA Center.

Why should I do it?

  • Learn if research is for you
  • Begin professional relationships with STEM faculty
  • Build your resume with relevant experience
  • Demonstrate leadership and project planning skills
  • Improve your chances of acceptance in future research internships and/or schools

How do I do it?

  • Drop by the MESA center (Bertolini, 3rd floor) to get more information.