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Abstract Title: Adaptation of Peer Mentoring Programs to Better Serve Students
Abstract: To provide additional support and community to students in the University of Maryland Physics Department, two peer/near peer mentoring programs have been created. Both programs were started with the same structure and still have similar matching mechanisms and requirements, though they serve different populations in the department. The first program, started in Spring 2013, is run by the local Women in Physics (WiP) group and partners undergraduate women with more senior women. The second program, created in Fall 2014 is run by the department's Graduate Student Committee (Grad Comm), pairing an incoming first year graduate student with an older graduate student mentor. Both programs have been running for several years and have made many changes to the shared basic structure to adapt to the needs of the specific populations they serve. Here we will share these changes, student feedback related to them, and challenges we are still facing.
Abstract Type: Symposium Poster
Parallel Session: Supporting Student Leadership and Ownership in Equity Work: Insights From The Access Network
Session Time: Parallel Sessions Cluster II

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Megan Marshall
University of Maryland, College Park
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Jamie Luskin, University of Maryland, College Park
Chandra Turpen, University of Maryland, College Park