WiSE Learning Community Peer Mentors

The peer mentor is a student staff member who acts as the primary point of contact between the Program for Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) and the members of the Learning Communities. The WiSE Learning Communities are residentially based and activities last for an academic year. Each learning community is comprised of approximately 20-25 first-year women majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) major. Because women are an underrepresented population within the STEM majors, they often feel isolated and disconnected from campus. The WiSE Learning Communities exist to reduce these feelings and to assist students with their transitions to college. Each learning community is led by one peer mentor, who work to serve as a role model for their students. Peer Mentors assist learning community members in achieving the following goals:

  • increased capacity to succeed in diverse and challenging curricula
  • development of community leadership skills
  • development of a greater sense of personal well-being
  • increased self-efficacy
  • increased career maturity
  • create a community based on shared goals of scholarship and excellence
  • development of cross cultural understanding

Interested in being a Peer Mentor? Contact Carly Hughes at cmhughes@iastate.edu for more information.

2015-16 First-year Coordinator and Peer Mentors

First Name Last Name Position Telephone Email
Carly Hughes First-Year Programs Coordinator 515-294-9964 cmhughes@iastate.edu
First Name Last Name WiSE Floor Major
Peer Mentors
Stephanie Burkhart Friley Pennell Biology
Sydney Butikofer Willow Bates Dietetics
Kelly Grief Oak Fosmark Agriculture
Deborah Heth Elm Turner Animal Science
Madison Jacobsen Friley O'Bryan Computer Engineering
Katie Jacobson Oak Sims Environmental Science
Samantha Kokjohn Oak King Mechanical Engineering
Erin Kollar Helser Rowe Mechancial Engineering
Erin Mitchell Friley Palmer Industrial Engineering
Megan Peters Towers/All Campus Chemical Engineering
Emily Pikul Eaton Tilden Mechanical Engineering
Antoinette Serrato Willow Tompkins Meteorology
Amra Softic Friley Henderson Chemical Engineering
Ashley Trevino Martin Campbell Mechanical Engineering