PASS Mentoring Program 

Description of Mentorship Program

This program will be offered during the academic year through the COSAM Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. It is designed to match new students of color with knowledgeable upperclassmen to better support the acclimation and development of the traditionally underrepresented student populations, specifically within Science and Mathematics degree programs.

The mentoring program is designed to support the academic, professional, and cultural development of the racially diverse students of Auburn University with an ultimate objective of increasing retention and graduation rates within the STEM Baccalaureate degree programs.

This experiential learning opportunity provides the mentee with exposure to upperclassmen in their major. The mentor/mentee partnership will: help students engage with the coursework, provide professional development through networking and internships, explore future employment opportunities, and prepare for continuing education.

When: Each Academic Year

Target Group:

  • Students who are African American, Hispanic, or Native American.
  • Participants of the Summer Bridge Program

Mission:
The mission of the COSAM peer mentoring program is to Promote Academic Success for Students (PASS) by providing a healthy learning and social environment.  Minority freshmen are paired with upper classmen in their major areas for a smooth transition into college.  The program seeks to create a “family away from home” environment to help freshmen reach their academic and social potential at Auburn University.

Goals:

  • Foster a positive relationship between students, faculty, staff and alumnus within STEM majors and/or career fields.
  • Increase recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of the targeted student audience.

Participants:

  • Mentee - Freshman and First Year Transfer Students enrolled in Sciences and Mathematics degree programs.
  • Mentor - Sophomore, Junior, Senior, and Graduate students in Sciences and Mathematics degree programs.

Training:

  • PASS Mentoring Program Orientation/Training

Requirements

Mentee

  • African American, Hispanic, or Native American freshman and first year transfer students enrolled in Science and Mathematics majors
  • One semester commitment (with the option to continue)
  • Attend "meet and greet" session
  • Maintain continuous communication with mentor
  • Communicate weekly (via phone, email, face-to-face, etc.)
  • Meet face to face each month (minimum of 1 per month)
  • Attend COSAM ODMA events (minimum of 1 per semester)
  • Attend Drop-in Center events (minimum of 1 per semester)
  • Attend year-end closing luncheon

Mentor

  • Incentive is Mentor of the Year Award
  • African American, Hispanic, or Native American upperclassmen enrolled in Science and Mathematics majors
  • GPA Requirement of 2.8 or higher
  • Attend one mentor training session
  • One semester commitment (with the option to continue)
  • Attend "meet and greet" session
  • Maintain continuous communication with mentee
  • Communicate weekly (via phone, email, face-to-face, etc.)
  • Meet face to face each month (minimum of 1 month)
  • Attend COSAM ODMA events (minimum of 1 per semester)
  • Attend Drop-In Center events (minimum of 1 per semester)
  • Attend year-end closing luncheon

Become involved by applying

For more information, contact:

235 Science Center Classrooms Building
Auburn, AL 36849
(334) 844-4663

Last updated: 08/19/2014