Engineering Peer Mentors

ImageThis week’s blog post was written by Summer Dann from the College of Engineering. She is the Director of the STEP Program and Program Manager for Freshmen and Transition Programs.

 Transitioning to a large university can be difficult for many students; many can get lost just trying to find their classes.  The College of Engineering through its STEM Talent Expansion Program formally established a Peer Mentoring Program in 2008 to help incoming students move through their first weeks on campus by providing opportunities for them to meet upper-class students, get to know their faculty and make friends.

   ENGINEERING PEER MENTORS

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This program developed from the 2007 freshmen bridge camp of 45 participants and 8 upperclassmen.  In 2012 the peer mentoring program employed approximately 130 students working in a variety of activities: Encounter Engineering Bridge Program, ENGR 1050 Introduction to Engineering course, FIRST Robotics Mentors in high schools, Recruiting and Outreach Programs promoting STEM in area middle and high schools.

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Mentors, Lindsey & Jabari,  (standing) assisting students in Encounter Engineering

Current Peer Mentors say:

“I got an internship and a student worker job through your contacts in the peer mentoring program.”   Heather Pickering, Junior, Chemical Engineering.

Tyler Barney, junior in Electrical Engineering, from Phoenix, AZ, “Peer mentoring gives me the opportunities to work with the high school robotics team and incoming freshmen.  The peer mentor program also helped me get to know a lot of people in the college.  Just a lot of people in general actually.  That helped me get a scholarship and resources that keep me in school.”

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Mary Anne & Mitchel at Glasgow Middle School, Spring 2012

“I found my girlfriend through the peer mentoring program.”  Myles Delcambre, Senior in Mechanical Engineering.  The program helps all of the students get together and get to know each other.  We also get to help the new freshmen.  As a new freshmen I made new friends that help you study and have a support system.”

“It helped me network and meet new people.  I love giving back to the college and being part of the engineering community. “ Savina Nguyen, junior,  Petroleum engineering.

The Peer Mentoring Program is expanding this year to include supplemental instructors for sophomore level courses such as circuits, thermo and statics as well as hiring mentors specifically to assist students transferring from community or other 4-year colleges.

Any fulltime engineering, computer science or construction management student can serve as a peer mentor for the College of Engineering.  The Peer Mentor registration for the 2013/14 Peer Mentor Program opens January 22, 2013. Click here to apply.

For more information on the STEP program, visit: http://www.step.eng.lsu.edu or find us on Facebook: Society of Peer Mentors at LSU and LSU Encounter Engineering.

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