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Peer Mentoring in STEM


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Course Date:



6 weeks


3 hrs/week



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In the challenging and fast-paced world of science, technology, engineering, and math, it is an exciting time for new college students to begin their studies in STEM fields. However, it can also be overwhelming. Sometimes the best help comes in the form of someone else who has been in our shoes and can light the way.

This course is designed for third- and fourth-year undergraduates (juniors and seniors) who will be mentoring underrepresented minority students (freshmen and sophomores from four-year institutions or community colleges) majoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The purpose of this course is to prepare these mentors for the critical role they will assume in improving the academic and social transition of their mentees by helping them achieve social and academic success across three areas of training:

  • Peer relationships
  • Transitioning students
  • Cultural competency in STEM professions


Upon completion of this course student mentors will:

  • Understand the academic, social, and cultural transition to college for various student populations.
  • Understand the impacts of different communication styles.
  • Have an appreciation for diversity, and develop the ability to serve as a mentor and ally in diversity and inclusion.
  • Know how to manage communication with the mentee.
  • Understand the university and community resources that support academic, social, and cultural transition for various college populations.
  • Understand the responsibilities of the peer mentor and mentee in an effective peer mentoring program.

Peer Mentoring in STEM: Training for Mentors was developed through a supplement to a grant from the National Science Foundation to The Ohio LSAMP Alliance, HRD-1304371.

The partner institutions of The Ohio LSAMP Alliance include four community colleges and 7 four-year institutions, including two HBCUs:

  • Central State University
  • Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
  • Cleveland State University
  • Columbus State Community College
  • Cuyahoga Community College
  • Miami University
  • Sinclair Community College
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Wilberforce University
  • Wright State University

Target Audience: Upper level STEM majors at 4-yr universities.

Course is offered by The Ohio State University Global One Health Initiative.

Course Instructors

Nikki Johnson

Nikki Johnson, Ohio LSAMP Program Manager


Nikki has been a part of the Ohio LSAMP Alliance since 2016. Nikki’s desire to enhance capacity, foster community, and broaden opportunities for underrepresented minority students in higher education is directly informed by her public health background, where she focused on health inequities in marginalized communities. Nikki holds a B.S. in psychology from Central State University and a Master’s of Applied Clinical and Preclinical Research from The Ohio State University.

Anna Brady

Anna Brady

Anna Brady, Graduate Assistant

Anna’s involvement in LSAMP started in 2016 when she first taught Stem Study Skills Systems (S4) for The Ohio State University bridge program. Since 2016, she has taught S4 each summer and grown more involved with the Ohio LSAMP Alliance. Anna received her B.S. in psychology from Florida State University and her M.A. in educational psychology from The Ohio State University. She is currently a doctoral candidate in educational psychology. Her research focuses on motivation and self-regulated learning.