STEM Conexiones




Title III Grant-STEM Conexiones
7250 Mesa College Drive
School of Learning Resources and Academic Support, LRC
San Diego, CA 92111

Leticia P. Lopez, Ph.D.
Acting Program Manager
(619) 388-2353

Yolanda Catano, M.A.
Administrative Technician
(619) 388-5034

Miranda Mitchem, Ph. D.
STEM Center Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Biology
(619) 388-2234

Kelly Spoon
STEM Professional Learning Coordinator
(619) 388-2670

Brian Mackus
STEM Instructional Support Supervisor
(619) 388-2257

Maria Jose Zeledon-Perez 
HSI Learning Coordinator

Oscar Torres
Research Incubator Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Psychology
(619) 388-2292

Patricia Rodriguez
STEM Counselor
(619) 388-5013

Alanna Milner
Research Analyst
(619) 388-2459

Sara Ramirez
Project Assistant
(619) 388-5660

Tahmina Habibzada
Project Assistant
STEM Classroon Outreach
(619) 388-5660

Lauren Arriola-Sánchez
Project Assistant
(619) 388-5660 

Meet The Team
Click here to learn more about the STEM Conexiones faculty and staff

Proyecto Exito
STEM Conexiones

STEM Conexiones


STEM ConexionesThe U.S Department of Education awarded Mesa College a 5-year, $5 million HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution) Title III STEM Grant to fund “STEM Conexiones” (STEM Connections), and support Hispanic and low-income students. The grant aims to increase student connections in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) through enhanced counseling services, workshops, peer mentoring and outreach, faculty connections through cultural professional learning and STEM curriculum redesign, and pathway connections working directly with high schools and adult learners to prepare them for STEM majors. This grant will establish a STEM Center and a STEM Research Incubator for students, and furthers Mesa College’s commitment as a Hispanic Serving Institution.

Academic Support


Through the institutionalization of programs and practices at San Diego Mesa College, we will increase the percentage of full-time, Hispanic, and low-income students that:

  • Seek a STEM degree
  • Complete a STEM degree
  • Transfer in a STEM major

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Interested in becoming a STEM Conexiones Scholar?

Register below to have your email added to the emailing list to get notifications on the next application period, happening in mid-spring 2018. Students will be selected in Summer '18.

Benefits include:

  • One-on-one faculty mentorship
    or one-on-one peer mentorship
    for an entire semester
  • Priority access to a STEM counselor
  • STEM tutoring sessions
  • Access to academic workshops
  • Networking with the STEM community
  • Career guidance
  • Personalized academic support
  • and much more!
Register here!


  • Student Connections – Examples include: Development of a STEM Center and Research Incubator with a cultural focus; STEM faculty mentoring; Structured Learning Assistance
  • Faculty Connections – Examples include: Implement a comprehensive professional development program for STEM faculty that includes training in culturally-inclusive pedagogy, mentoring, and use of technology; Course and lab redesign opportunities; STEM Faculty Mentoring
  • Pathways – Examples include: Provide outreach regarding STEM education and STEM careers to students in K-12 with a focus on high school students; Provide undecided Mesa students with info on STEM programs and careers; Review existing articulation agreements; Develop smooth pathways for students transferring to four-year institutions

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