Have we ignored other students? No!
Our WiE mentoring program for junior undergraduate students is augmented by established programs for our other students.
As a first year student you would have been guided by a SEAS Student Peer Advisory Network (SEASSPAN) mentor to help you transition and navigate your first year in GW Engineering. Our current program brings together about 30 carefully selected from various backgrounds and have unique interests that help to complement the diversity of our incoming class. They act as liaisons to the SEAS administration, are part of the SEAS Summer Orientation program, help to coordinate the New Student Experience/ The Getaway, and support the integration of new students into the SEAS community. Additionally, the first year mentors plan engaging programs throughout the year and introduce new students to the various opportunities and resources available to them. Consistent with the research findings, both mentors and mentees in this program report that they have engaged in an invaluable experience.
In recent years, we have expanded our peer mentoring program to include the Undergraduate Ambassadors who support incoming transfer students and sophomores. The SEASSPAN Undergraduate Ambassadors are major-specific, and help students connect with their academic department through programmatic activities undergraduate research, career development, and professional student organizations.
But, what about programs to mentor other students? A practical note is that seniors are super busy - their focus is on completing their senior design, verifying that they are on track to graduate and seeking a job! GW and SEAS are well positioned to help students in their job search through Career Services and the use of Handshake.