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Peer Mentoring in STEM: Training for Mentors is a Course

Peer Mentoring in STEM: Training for Mentors



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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.

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Course Instructors

Barbara Fink

Barbara Fink, O.D., Ph.D.


Barbara Fink, O.D., Ph.D., is a Professor of Optometry and Vision Science in the College of Optometry and Faculty Fellow in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at The Ohio State University. She is the Alliance Director for The Ohio LSAMP Alliance. Read More.

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is a program of the National Science Foundation with the purpose of increasing underrepresented minority recruitment, retention, persistence, and attainment of degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Tyler Cole

Tyler Cole

Program Manager, Ohio LSAMP Alliance

Tyler Cole is the Program Manager for the Ohio Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Alliance, where he oversees the development, training, and growth of campus-based, online, and collaborative peer mentoring programs. Tyler has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and a Masters of Education in Higher Education from Ohio University.

Kaitlyn Murray

Kaitlyn Murray

Course Facilitator

Kaitlyn Murray is a Graduate Associate in the Department of Agricultural Communications, Education, and Leadership. Read More.

Through her work with The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Alliance, the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, and the Ohio State University Leadership Center, she aims to build capacity for minority leaders in STEM fields through peer-driven programming. Kaitlyn holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, and is completing a Master of Science in Community and Extension Education.

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