Information for Students
Who is eligible?
Our target population includes the recipients of the Multicultural Leader Scholarship (MLS), participants of the Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Academy, participants of the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), participants of the Seita Scholars Program, and students registered with the Office of Disability Services for Students (DSS). Students who are a part of these groups will receive priority assignment, which means that they will be assigned a peer mentor within the first two weeks of the semester.
All other currently enrolled WMU undergraduate students who are not a part of our target population but are federal financial aid-eligible, are first-generation college students, and/or have yet to declare a major or be admitted to their intended majors may also apply to participate in the STEM Program and to receive tutoring services for any undergraduate course(s) in which they are currently enrolled at WMU, although we cannot guarantee a peer mentor for every course. These students will be assigned a peer mentor beginning the third week of the semester on a first-come first-serve basis, subject to availability of peer mentors.
Other WMU students who do not meet any of the above requirements may still utilize our services only after all eligible students have been served.
What is the cost and how does this work?
This program is available at no cost to all currently enrolled WMU undergraduate students.
While you may apply to participate in the STEM Program and to receive tutoring services for any undergraduate course(s) you are currently (i.e., during the current semester or session) taking at WMU and every effort will be made to fill your request, we cannot guarantee a peer mentor for every course. You must be currently enrolled in the course(s) for which you seek tutoring because we offer tutoring services to help reinforce lessons students have learned in classes, not prep courses for future courses or standardized tests.
We offer academic support in many subject areas including, but not limited to, mathematics, statistics, computer science, engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, philosophy, sociology, business, writing, foreign languages, etc. This is subject to change depending on the availability of peer mentors. Services are provided for most lower-level courses (1000 and 2000 levels) and a limited numver of upper-level courses (3000 and 4000 levels).
How do I apply?
- To apply, please visit our new website.
What is the time commitment? What can I expect?
- Please review the Your STEM Peer Mentor document, which outlines what you can expect out
of your mentor-mentee relationship.
- Your peer mentors have flexible schedules and can meet you at a mutually agreeable place and time.
- They, however, cannot be "on-call" and will not be able to meet with you on a short notice. It is advisable for you to schedule your appointments at least 48 hours in advance.
- Additionally, you must only meet in a public place that is conducive to learning, such as the library, Bernhard Center study areas, residence hall study lounges, and other common study areas. Please do not meet one-on-one in a private space, such as a bedroom, apartment, or house.
- How much or how little time spent is totally up to you, but of course, the more time you are willing to commit, the better! Note: Your academic success depends on your effort in developing strong academic behaviors, including, but not limited to, attending classes regularly, completing all homework assignments, meeting with your tutor(s) consistently, etc.
- You are strongly encouraged to meet regularly at the same time and place for tutoring. Our suggestion is to meet with your tutor for at least 45 minutes to one hour, up to twice a week.
- While every effort will be made to ensure that you are assigned a peer mentor in a timely manner, signing up does not guarantee that you will be assigned a peer mentor immediately. You will be notified within three days of signing up in the event that a peer mentor is not immediately available or if no peer mentor is available.
- Additionally, it may take up to two days for your peer mentor to get in touch with you after being assigned. Please contact the STEM Director immediately if you have not heard from a peer mentor after a week of signing up.
- Your peer mentor will help reinforce lessons you have learned in your class(es) but cannot serve as a substitute teacher.
What are my responsibilities as a participant?
- You will attend class regularly. Your peer mentor can help you review and work through trouble spots but cannot serve as a substitute teacher.
- You will check your email regularly after signing up and respond to your peer mentor(s) in a timely manner.
- You will not expect peer mentor(s) to be "on-call" and/or perform a miracle for you at the last minute, e.g., the night before a paper is due or before an exam. Please set up appointments ahead of time, preferably with at least 48 hours' notice.
- You will make every effort to keep your appointments with your peer mentor(s) and arrive at tutoring sessions on time.
- You will respect your peer mentor's time and contact him or her ahead of time if you need to cancel or re-schedule an appointment. Remember that your peer mentors are full-time WMU students as well and may have another part-time job, and that there are other students who also need their help.
- You will participate and give your full attention during tutoring sessions.
- You will do your homework and read your assignments before coming to the tutoring session. You will not expect your peer mentor to complete assignments or take-home exams for you - this is cheating! Your peer mentor will help you with your assignments by giving you examples and providing concepts and formulae. The work that you turn in must be your own.
- You will ask appropriate questions to seek clarification when your peer mentor's explanation is not immediately clear to you.
- You will immediately report any suspected or alleged instances of wrongdoing or misconduct or concerns about inappropriate service provisions and practices by any peer mentor to the STEM Director. In case of a medical emergency or an immediate threat to your personal safety, please call 911 or the WMU Police at (269) 387-5555.
What is the STEM Reward Program?
- You will also be rewarded for participating in STEM!
- In addition to improving your grades, STEM offers a reward program for continued goal fulfillment.
- Your peer mentor will issue you a STEM reward card and explain the terms and conditions to you at your first meeting.
- Click on the STEM Reward Program (Student) document for more information about the STEM Reward Program.
What if I need more information?
- Email email@example.com.
- Call the STEM Program Office at (269) 387-4799.
- Visit the STEM Program Office in the
Division of Multicultural Affairs at
2281 Ellsworth Hall.
- Find us on Facebook!
What else does the program offer?
- Individualized success plan
- Development of study skills and time
- Mentoring services
- Educational workshops and seminars
- Academic advising referral services
- Counseling services
- Leadership development opportunities
- Participation in multicultural activities
- Career planning
- Graduate school information
- Reward program
- Many other resources
What other resources are available?
Please refer to this page.