Peer mentoring and tutoring helps freshmen and transfer students improve their academic performance and professional development. The Excellence through a Community of Engaged Learners (EXCEL) program, funded by an HSI-STEM Sí Puedo grant, is available to students in the colleges of Engineering and Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
The program also gives upper-division students an opportunity to mentor incoming students. To be eligible for the paid positions, students must:
- Be declared STEM majors with a preferred minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
- Have preferably completed at least 60 units by the end of the semester in which they apply
- Possess an interest in mentoring freshmen and transfer students, and
- Have a desire to serve as an ambassador for the College of Engineering.
Mentors will receive hourly pay starting at $14.25. If hired, Peer Mentors will:
- Meet with their assigned mentee monthly
- Devote time to tutoring in the COE Tutoring Center
- Assist with ENGR 101 and ENGR 102 courses
- Assist with mentee academic development events
- Receive training in growth mindset, communication skills, group dynamics, leadership, and mentoring, and
- Have a chance to connect with students, staff, faculty, administrators, and industry members.
Hired EXCEL peer mentors must be available for paid training during the summer. Additional summer employment opportunities are also available.