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


Mission: 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 encounter daily.

Benefits of peer mentoringpasss

· 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

Sunday Teambuilding Meetings: During the Sunday Meetings, the students complete activities that allow them to develop their leadership, teamwork, communication, and other soft skills that are necessary to succeed in their future endeavors. Some of these activities include the Leadership Compass (Appreciating Diverse Work Styles), The World Café, Identity, Power, and Privilege in STEM, and Reality Check.

Professional Mentoring:Pass

In addition to peer mentoring, each group is paired with a professional mentor in their field of interest. Our Professional Mentors are some of the most prolific individuals in the fields of medicine, pharmacy, biology, chemistry and physical therapy. To equip our students with a variety of resources, our mentors range from seasoned minds in their field to current professional school students. By actively listening, building trust, setting goals, and encouraging and inspiring our students our mentors will better prepare our students for their academic journey.

Professional Mentor Expectations:

· Mentors share their knowledge, experiences, and wisdom.

· Mentors provide valuable opportunities by facilitating academic, career, and personal contacts.

· Mentors stimulate curiosity and build confidence by presenting new ideas, opportunities, and challenges.

· Mentors encourage growth and achievement by providing an open and supportive environment.

· Mentors help mentees discover talents and interests and define and attain their goals.

· Mentors guide mentees in reaching academic, career, and personal goals.

· By sharing their journeys, mentors can become role models.

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

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