Society of Peer Mentors
The Society of Peer Mentors (SPM) is a student organization at LSU that focuses on mentoring and leadership for the College of Engineering. Our goal is to help students transition to LSU and the College through a variety of activities and programs. Activities include K-12 outreach, robotics mentoring, and freshmen mentoring through camps and classes.
SPM is open to all students enrolled in a major in the College of Engineering. You must be an undergraduate student in good standing and have a positive attitude. Peer mentor interviews start in January each year. If accepted, you will be required to attend a minimum of 12 hours of leadership training in the spring semester, including an overnight retreat. Paid opportunities for active members include working the Encounter Engineering freshmen bridge camp, mentoring students in introductory courses and K-12 robotics teams, as well as serving as engineering supplemental instructors. For more information, contact SPM Staff Advisor, Adrienne Steele.
Mission statement: "Make SPM your H.O.M.E." (Helping Others Master Engineering)
Values: passionate, supportive, ambitious
How do I join SPM?
Applications for 2019 are closed. Applications will reopen in December for students interested in serving as a peer mentor in 2020. Juniors and seniors can request to join mid-year by emailing the SPM Officers.
- 2019: Commitment to Community – LSU Campus Life
- 2019: Advisor of the Year – LSU Campus Life
- 2018: Dow Support Grant for Robotics Mentoring
- 2017: Advisor of the Year – LSU Campus Life
- 2012: Most Outstanding New Student Organization Award – LSU Campus Life
Check out SPM on social media
- Student Org. Website: Society of Peer Mentors
- Facebook: Society of Peer Mentors at LSU
- LinkedIn: Society of Peer Mentors
SPM in the News
- SPM hosted the first Louisiana Collegiate Design Competition
- LSU STEP featured in national journal
- SPM's Leadership Legacy Award
- Peer Mentors served as "buddies" for visiting German Fulbright students
- ENGage LSU for middle school students
- SPM hosts FRC Kick Off
Robotics Mentors lead regional elementary, middle, and high school teams in FIRST Robotics Competitions (FRC), FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), FIRST Lego League (FLL), and VEX robotics. Mentors work with the schools' teams in order to inspire young students to become involved in these exciting and innovative technological fields. We teach our mentors that being a leader of a robotics team means facilitating teamwork, encouraging innovative problem solving, assisting with computer programming and basic design, and supporting them throughout their project. Check out the Robotics Mentors Blog.
Read April's blog about her experience planning a delivering a robotics workshop for K-12 teachers.
2019 Robotics Partners:
- Brusly High School
- The Dunham School
- Iberville MSA East
- Parkview Baptist
- Plaquemine High
- Port Allen High School
- St. Joseph's Academy
- Woodlawn High School
- Zachary High School