Peer-mentoring program

Peer mentoring is known to be a low-cost and scalable intervention that can increase participants’ academic and career success along with their general well-being. In an effort to combat the persistence problem in STEM fields, we are developing, implementing, and assessing the effectiveness of a new peer-mentoring program for undergraduate students within the mechanical engineering department at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. Our overall hypothesis to be tested is that participation in this program would increase students’ self-efficacy, belongingness to engineering communities and, hence, motivation to persist.

The website for the new peer-mentoring program, GAIN (Guide, Advance, Interact, Network), is coming soon!

Natalie Schaal
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering