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Promoting Academic Success in STEM (P.AS.S.) Mentoring Program

PassMentorImageMission: Promoting Academic Success in STEM aims to assist students in fostering strong relationships with fellow COSAM students in order to develop a community support system. The goal is to provide each student with a network of peers to navigate the rigors of COSAM as well as the challenges of college life.

Vision: As the careers in pre-health and the sciences shift to a more group and team focused environment, we hope that the structure of this program will better prepare the students for their desired careers by enhancing their leadership, teamwork, and innovative thinking skills, all while allowing them to build peer-mentor relationships with the talented and experienced people they come in contact with daily.

Eligibility: The program is open to all students enrolled at Auburn University in the College of Science and Mathematics.

Process: P.A.S.S. Participants will be placed in groups of five students where the role of mentee and mentor will naturally shift with each situation. Our office believes that everyone, regardless of classification or age, is capable of learning and teaching and we want our peer mentoring program to create an environment that is conducive for growth. Major, classification, gender, ethnicity, and other personal information provided by the application will be taken into consideration when developing groups to ensure balance and diversity. In addition to the five undergraduate students, each group will be assigned a professional or a professional school student who is in the desired career of the group (for example, if the group consists of students on the pre-pharmacy track, that group will be placed with a student in Pharmacy school or a pharmacist in the community). This person will serve as an advisor to assist with any questions the group has about the career paths or obstacles to overcome.

Benefits of peer mentoring

  • Improve campus climate
  • Enhance student retention rate
  • Increase cultural diversity awareness
  • Amplify awareness of group dynamics


  • One academic year commitment
  • Attend Sunday teambuilding meetings once a month
  • Communicate within the group at least once a week (via text, groupme, or email)
  • Meet in person at least once a month (outside of mandatory Sunday meetings)
  • Contact professional mentor at least once a month
  • Complete activity tracking sheets and turn them in at Sunday meetings
  • Be respectful of the ideals, time commitment, and the mission of the PASS program as well as your group

If you have any additional questions or comments, please feel free to forward them to
Daphney Portis, P.A.S.S. Program Coordinator:
Dr. Kimberly Mulligan-Guy, COSAM ODMA Director:

Last Updated: 11/15/2016