Students take turn presenting STEM Clubs in the STEM Center while enjoying boba drinks.

Skyline College’s MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) program hosted the first monthly STEM Clubs Boba Social on October 14, 2022. 

Over 30 participants enjoyed some boba drinks while presenting club highlights and engaging with club members and faculty advisors. 

Florence Thwe and Maryam Khan from Women in Science and Engineering Represent! (WiSER!) kicked off the presentations, highlighting the club’s mission to  strengthen and support women in STEM, immerse club members in Science and Engineering, with exciting and fun workshops.

Jerry Hnin, Lasheana Dilian Husni, Florence Thwe, and Valeria Zarco from The BioMedical Engineering Club came next and showcased the club as a friendly community that works closely together to create biomedical engineering technology through the application of engineering and biological principles. 

Matthew Dacanay and John Carlo Manuel of the Computer Science Club explained how the club gives Skyline College students the opportunity to apply and expand their knowledge of coding, build new skills, learn new technologies, and join a supportive community. Currently, they are in the process of building projects, such as a video game, data dashboard, Mask AI, and a website. 

Paul-Fredrick Schubert led the Engineering and Robotics Club (ERC) presentation. ERC is great for students interested in personal hands-on projects that can be completed in the Fab Lab or in collaborative projects, such as the solar boat competition. 

Sean Ruiz shared for the Physics and Astronomy Club (PAC), which offers opportunities to watch the stars, learn how to use telescopes and the basics of astronomy, or participate in fun projects like building a comet or a cloud chamber. 

Participants also learned from Lasheana Dilian Husni, Jerry Hnin, and Florence Thwe  that Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is an International Honor Society with more than 3 million members on over 1200 campuses. They provide opportunities like scholarships, leadership roles, research, and activities that will support students in achieving their academic goals. 

It was also great to hear Tin Htoo, Julia Rogers, and Megan White from the Science and Research Club explain how the club is for anyone interested in participating in research for a class or club project, with the support of peers and professors, and how it makes club members competitive applicants in the college admissions process. 

The Table TopGuilDnd, Biomanufacturing Club, and Sustainable Cooking and Real Food (SCARF) groups were also highlighted during the event.

For more information on how to contact these clubs, you can consult the presentation slides they shared during the event

If you missed this event but would like to join next month, make sure to sign up before November 14, 2022. We will also have a photographer to take headshots for your LinkedIn profile and help to fill out summer 2023 internship applications. 

MESA is an academic enrichment program which helps educationally disadvantaged students excel in math and science and graduate from college with degrees in math-based fields. Eligibility criteria include: being a US Citizen, permanent resident, Dreamer, or DACA; being a first-generation college student; demonstrating financial need by receiving financial aid; and intending to transfer to a 4-year college.

Students interested in joining MESA should contact Emilie Hein ( or Denise Hum ( 

Article by Emilie Hein, Denise Hum, Nick Kapp, Maryam Khan, Thanh Nguyen, Susanne Schubert, Bryan Swartout, Marco Wehrfritz | Photo by Emilie Hein

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