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Academic Peer Mentorship: Program Profiles

Many College/Schools and departments have established or are developing academic peer mentorship programs. Use this page to search for and learn more about these opportunities.

Request for an Academic Peer Mentor

Are you a first- or second-year undergraduate student? Do you want to learn more from an upperclass peer who has taken an academic and experiential path similar to what you want to do? 

Submit the Request for an Academic Peer Mentor form to be contacted about opportunities.


Academic Peer Mentorship Programs

Filter results by your major or use keywords that identify specific mentorship opportunities of interest. 


Academic Department

Department Contact Description Keywords
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College of Arts & Sciences Dawn Hiller, Director of Students,
Mentorship occurs per department.
 art, film, media, classics, comparative literature, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, French, German, English, history, philosophy, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, sociology, psychology, religious studies, math, marine, geology, geophysics, environmental, physics, astronomy, anthropology, women's, gender, dance, theatre, political science, geography, 
Department of Biological Sciences Director of Undergraduate Studies: Amanda Zeigler,
In Development
Please submit the following Request for an Academic Peer Mentor if you would like to be paired with another student in your major and/or college. 
College of Education
Director of ACI, Student Success Coach and Outreach Coordinator: Preston Thorne,


Academic Peer Mentorship will be launched through USC Mentorship Hub (People Grove) in August 2020 to establish a formal peer mentorship program. Early Childhood Education,
Elementary Education,
Middle Level Education,
Physical Education
Molinaroli College of Engineering and Computing Director of Inclusive Programs: Brian McCaster, 803- 777-4023
The CEC Peer Mentorship Program connects current experienced students with new first-year students in a semester-long formal partnership. For a more informal introduction to our college community, however, you may join the CEC Connections GroupMe . For more information about becoming an official CEC Peer Mentor or Mentee, visit our webpage, and complete the Matching Form. Mentors are eligible for GLD credit.
College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management
Academic Advisor: Valeria Bates,
In Development
Please submit the following Request for an Academic Peer Mentor if you would like to be paired with another student in your major and/or college. 
Hospitality Management,
Interdisciplinary Studies (BAIS),
Sport & Entertainment Management,
Tourism Management, SPTE
College of Information and Communications
Assistant Dean Student Services: Rushondra James,
In Development
Please submit the following Request for an Academic Peer Mentor if you would like to be paired with another student in your major and/or college. 
Broadcast Journalism,
Information Science,
Mass Communications,
Public Relations,
Visual Communications
College of Nursing
SNA Advisor: Kate Chappell, The Student Nursing Association is restarting their peer mentorship program between lower and upper division students.  
College of Pharmacy
See Description.
The College of Pharmacy does not currently have a formal mentorship program for undergraduate students. However, pharmacy students are educated on the PharmD Student Mentorship program once they have been admitted into the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program.
Department of Political Science
Director of Undergraduate Studies: Doug Thompson,    
College of Social Work
Brent Cagle, Academic Peer Mentorship for the College of Social Work is housed within the Undergraduate Social Work Student Association (USWA) and mentor/mentee matching takes place through this organization.  
Arnold School of Public Health
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Student Affairs Director: Bridget Miller, Student liaisons serve on the Dean’s Council to address students’ needs and concerns. The group also plans student events and service projects. 


Exercise Science,
Public Health
Darla Moore School of Business  Jan Bass The Moore School is home to numerous business clubs and business organizations that bring together students and provide a setting for mentoring each other. Also, the DMSB Office of Career Management teaches a “Careers in the Global Economy” and hosts Industry Panels, Major Career and Exploration Day, and other networking events for students and potential employers.  Accounting,
Business Economics,
International Business,
Management Science,
Real Estate,
Risk Management & Insurance
School of Music Associate Dean and Director of Undergraduate Studies: Tina Stallard,
Peer mentorship is available to music majors in the form of peer tutoring (aural skills, music history,  music theory, writing) and activities sponsored by Spark: Carolina's Music Leadership Laboratory. Additional peer mentoring occurs within ensembles and applied studios. 
Jazz Studies,
Music Theory
South Carolina Honors College Academic Advisor & Student Engagement Coordinator: Cami Reid,
The Honors Peer Mentor Program is an easy way for incoming Honors College students to meet other Honors freshmen, explore the abundant resources USC has to offer, and transition into a vibrant and well-rounded university life, all with the guidance and friendship of experienced upperclassmen. New students (mentees) are matched with upperclassmen (mentors) the summer before their first year, so they have a contact made before move-in day!  
School of Law Associate Dean for Student Affairs: TBD Law students receive peer mentorship from inception into the school starting with orientation mentors that are trained to provide academic and professional help. Each writing session has four peer mentors per class. Tutors are also assigned to first year law classes. Pre-law or upcoming law students can receive guidance from law students during specific events or they may interact with other pre-law students through the ___ fraternity.  
Global Studies Department Pam Hayes, 
In Development
Please submit the following Request for an Academic Peer Mentor if you would like to be paired with another student in your major and/or college. 




Department of Geography Zhenlong Li
Department Director, Zhenlong Li, leads an informal mentorship program and will be matching mentors to mentees.
School of Earth, Ocean and Environment
Alexa Dean, Academic Advisor
The SEOE recruits upperclassmen junior and senior students to participate in a peer mentorship program with incoming freshman in the fall semester. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please reach out as formal recruitment begins each April. Each student will be paired and matched with 1-2 incoming SEOE freshman according to major and like interests. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in networking events with faculty and departmental staff, as well as getting to meet with their mentors one on one each month. marine science, geology,
Alexis Mynio, Academic Advisor for Undeclared Students,
An informal mentorship program which connects undeclared students to other students declared in their major(s) of interest. 

Don't see your program? Do you have a College/School or department sponsored academic peer mentorship program that is not included on this list? Contact Sara McConville ( for more information. 

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