Science Alliance Peer Mentoring


The Science Alliance Peer Mentoring Program provides a supportive community by pairing a junior or senior mentor with a first-year or transfer student interested in STEM fields and beneficial mentoring. The peer mentor, for example, will share study, time management and organizational strategies specific to STEM majors with their mentees. Ultimately, the program seeks to enhance and enrich students opportunities to succeed at PLU through academic goals attainment and graduation.

Become a Peer Mentor

This is a terrific opportunity to build your resume while helping to strengthen the next cohort of students who will pass along their passion and enthusiasm to future Lutes. (And earn $100.)

What is a Peer Mentor?

A Peer Mentor helps guide new students in their transition to college and their major programs of study. Peer Mentors create and sustain an ongoing relationship with their mentee(s) that is based on conversation, learning, and supportive challenge.

Mentor responsibilities include:

  • Attend an hour-long training session in early September and be committed to help out for the entire fall semester.
  • Check in with your mentees once a week and meet face-to-face at least once a month. The initial meeting will be lunch in the Dining Commons with the tab picked up by the division.
  • Complete an online mentoring report once a month that is shared with only the Dean of Natural Sciences. These reports help document the progress and goals of each mentor/mentee relationship.
  • Connect mentees to available campus resources, such as academic assistance.
  • Help mentees understand the advising process. (Note: The mentor will not take the place of an academic advisor, but rather ensure that the mentee is prepared to meet with his or her faculty advisor.)
  • Recommend extracurricular activities or organizations for the mentee to join.
  • Provide a relationship that fosters respect, responsibility, and leadership.

To be eligible, you will need to have earned 60 credits by the end of this term and have a GPA of at least 3.0.

Every effort will be made to pair mentors and mentees by academic interests and each mentor is responsible for no more than two mentees. For questions please contact Dr. Matt Smith at

Become a Mentee

As a first-year or transfer student, coming to a new place can be difficult and taking in everything PLU has to offer a huge undertaking. There are many questions filling your head at once —Is this the right major for me?  What clubs should I join?  How can I be successful?

While figuring out the answers can feel like an isolated process, one of the best ways to learn and grow is to build relationships with people who have been through the same struggles.

Mentee responsibilities include:

  • Discuss your expectations of your mentoring relationship with your mentor.
  • Share your first-year goals and interests. What do you want to accomplish?
  • Interact with your mentor on a regular basis.
  • Schedule mutually agreeable times and avenues of communication with your mentor and respond promptly to each other.
  • Ask questions, so your mentor understands how she/he can best support you.

The program is highly recommended for new students concerned about their transition to a college environment, as well as students who are genuinely interested in learning techniques and approaches to becoming a master student.

Apply to become a mentee by clicking here
For questions please contact Dr. Matt Smith at

Social Events

The mentoring program will host a few social events (e.g. ice cream and pizza parties) each semester. These gatherings are extremely important for strengthening and maintaining ongoing mentoring contacts, as well as bringing together students and mentors with diverse backgrounds for a common purpose.