Peer Mentoring Program

Thank you for your consideration in joining the PUMA-STEM Peer Mentoring Program! First-year students: Please complete the peer mentee application for Fall 2021 through Spring 2022.


The PUMA-STEM Alliance is funded by the National Science Foundation LSAMP program, which seeks to increase the success of STEM students from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups as defined by the LSAMP (African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and Native Pacific Islanders).

To be eligible for the peer mentee program, applicants must currently be enrolled for STEM Classes at a PUMA-STEM LSAMP institution and pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a STEM discipline. (Review the STEM discipline list.)

The peer-mentoring program is designed for first-year students who are interested in STEM majors. Mentees will be matched with a peer mentor who is a sophomore, junior, or senior STEM major. The program will involve meeting with a peer mentor weekly for goal setting, tutoring as needed, study partnering, and discussions on social issues and stressors.


Students must apply to participate in the peer mentoring program.  For more information about the program, please contact Dr. Eve Mellgren.

Program Benefits

  • Provide inclusive, supportive learning environment and preparing students academically and professionally for career opportunities in STEM.
  • Connect with an experienced STEM student as well as other students just beginning their undergraduate STEM journey.
  • Join the wider LSAMP community and learn about internships, research experiences, and career preparation opportunities.

Requirements for PUMA-STEM Mentees

  • Be a first-year undergraduate full-time student currently enrolled for classes at a PUMA-STEM Alliance institution (Benedictine University, Concordia University Chicago, Dominican University, Elmhurst University, Lewis University, North Central College, and Saint Xavier University).
  • Meet with a peer mentor weekly.
  • Be committed to participate in PUMA-STEM LSAMP activities, including professional development, academic and social enrichment events.

The PUMA-STEM Alliance is supported by the National Science Foundation through the LSAMP Program under Award Number 1911271. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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