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The Texas A&M University College of Engineering is recruiting 90 peer mentors to support the college’s first-year experience course - CLEN 181: Engineering Learning Community & Student Success Seminar.

Peer Mentors and CLEN 181

Beginning Fall 2020, the college added a peer mentor component to our CLEN 181: Engineering Learning Community & Student Success Seminar. The purpose of the seminar is to welcome first-year engineering students to Texas A&M University and assist with their transition and integration into the college. Throughout the seminar, peer mentors play an important role in forming engineering community, fostering a supportive learning environment, and introducing first-year engineering students to opportunities and resources that are available to them during their undergraduate career at Texas A&M University. 

Benefits for Peer Mentors

  • Great opportunity to share your knowledge and support students in engineering
  • Develop your communication skills and gain valuable leadership experience
  • Make a difference in the first-year experience of 2,500 new engineering students
  • Receive compensation of $500 for the semester you serve as a peer mentor. This will be paid as a stipend through your student financial aid portal in November 2022.

Desired Characteristics for Peer Mentors

We are seeking engineering students who are:

  • Interested in serving as a role model and peer mentor to advance the success of first-year students in engineering
  • Willing to form an engineering community and foster an inclusive and supportive learning environment
  • Capable of relating to and developing classroom rapport with a diverse group of first-year engineering students
  • Knowledgeable about university/college opportunities and resources that would be useful to first-year students in engineering

Peer Mentor Responsibilities

In accordance with standards established by the university’s Office for Student Success (OSS), CLEN 181 peer mentors are responsible for the following:

  • Demonstrate the Aggie Core Values (Respect, Excellence, Leadership, Loyalty, Integrity, and Selfless-Service) and uphold the Aggie Honor Code
  • Develop rapport and a safe relationship with new students
  • Assist individual students as needed, including following up with students who miss class and making referrals to appropriate resources for issues that are beyond your scope of expertise
  • Meet 1-1 with each student in your section at least once in the semester
  • Meet weekly with your instructor to coordinate and plan course components
  • Collaborate with your instructor to create a learning contract related to your experience that provides you with developmental opportunities within the classroom and fulfills your goals as a peer mentor
  • Commit to serving as a Peer Mentor for Fall 2022 in a 0-credit hour transition to a college course. Sections are composed of approximately 25 students and meet weekly for 50 minutes. Section times will be assigned based on your availability once you have registered for the Fall semester.
  • Complete required Hullabaloo U training coordinated by the Office for Student Success. For information on future training, refer to the OSS website.
  • Attend a CLEN 181 Peer Mentor training session in August led by the College of Engineering
  • Commit to working 3-4 hours per week in the Fall 2022 semester.
  • Receive compensation of $500 for the semester you serve as a Peer Mentor. This will be paid as a stipend through your student financial aid portal in November 2022.

Minimum Requirements

Peer Mentors for CLEN 181 must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • A current engineering student who has completed at least 24 credit hours by the end of the Spring 2022 semester at Texas A&M (in College Station, McAllen, Galveston) or through the Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Blinn College-Bryan.
  • Must be enrolled at the College of Engineering for the Fall 2022 semester.
  • Undergraduate/graduate degree will not be completed prior to December 2022.
  • Be in good academic standing, with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA, and good disciplinary standing.
  • Completion of required training workshops (for more info, see Peer Mentor Responsibilities)

If interested, please complete the Hullabaloo U Peer Mentor Application by Friday, February 11, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. CST. To be considered as a peer mentor for the college’s First-Year Experience Course (CLEN 181), please remember to select the following option on the second page of the application – “Which Hullabaloo U program(s) would you like to be considered for? CLEN 181 (Engineering Learning Community & Student Success Seminar)”.

Thank you for considering this opportunity to play an important role in the success of our first-year engineering students.  For additional information or questions, please contact Ms. Brynn Ruiz at brynnruiz@tamu.edu

Coordination Team for Our First-Year Experience Course

  • Elissa Morris, Senior Lecturer, First-Year Engineering Program - elissam@tamu.edu (lead for Instructor questions)
  • Brynn A. Ruiz, Academic Advisor III, General Engineering - brynnruiz@tamu.edu (lead for Peer Mentor questions)
  • Bonnie Bustos-Rios, Director, Engineering Academic Operations - bbrios@tamu.edu
  • Andrea M. Ogilvie, Assistant Dean, Student Success - aogilvie@tamu.edu