FAU Mentoring Programs

Program Title Description Eligibility Application Deadlines Contact

Department of English Faculty Mentoring Program

To provide students advice on their post-graduation life, to steer them to the best classes for their interests, to steer them to campus resources. Mentee: Undergraduate students majoring in English

Mentor: English tenured or tenure-track faculty
English majors are assigned a faculty mentor Mary Sheffield-Gentry
English Department Instructor and Graduate Advisor
Email: msheffi3@fau.edu
Phone: 561-297-2974

Elite Owls Red Jackets

The Elite Owl Leadership and Service Ambassador is a university-wide program designed to recognize exemplary student leaders on the FAU campus. A part of the Elite Owl Ambassador program focuses on mentoring and development of leadership skills. The Elite Owl Ambassadors comprise a select group of students chosen for their demonstrated commitment to developing in the areas of leadership and service. Elite Owls will be called upon to serve as mentors, to be mentored, to be involved at important University events, and in various other ways to develop their individual leadership skills. Mentee: Candidates must be full-time, continuous, degree-seeking FAU students who are in good academic and disciplinary standing. Graduate applicants must be actively enrolled in (or newly admitted to) a graduate program at FAU. Undergraduate applicants must have completed a minimum of 30 credits in residence. Candidates must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Candidates must be able to demonstrate their commitment to service and leadership by meeting requirements included in the application.

Mentor: An executive leader within Florida Atlantic University who engages with an Elite Owl Ambassador to deepen leadership skills and aid their success, both professionally and personally.

Applications will be accepted once a year with a possibility of mid-year applications if there are available positions Juan Izaguirre
Director for Leadership Education & Development
Email: jizagui2@fau.edu
Phone: 561-297-3607

FAU Academy for Community Inclusion

The FAU Academy for Community Inclusion is a comprehensive transition program for adults with intellectual disabilities. Mentee: Students accepted into FAU-ACI program.

Mentor: Any FAU student that is committed to building a strong 1:1 relationship with a student in the FAU Academy for Community Inclusion.

Mentors applications are accepted prior to each fall and spring semester. Gwendolyn Carey
Curriculum and Training Specialist
Email: gcarey@fau.edu
Phone: 561-799-8348

FAU Tech Runway Venture Mentor System

A mentor program adopted from the MIT Venture Mentor System. Established guiding principles to support student, community and faculty startups. Mentee: Tech Runway member (application process) Tech Runway Accelerator. Entrepreneurs must be part of an actual company.

Mentor: 7+ years as an executive leader in industry, venture capital funds, angel networks, serial entrepreneur, faculty, subject matter expert.

Rolling deadlines


Beverly Marsh
Email: marshb@fau.edu
Phone: 561-297-0927 

The Honors Peer Leader Program

The Honors Peer Leader Program is a support program delivered by the Jupiter Campus Life Office with support from the Wilkes Honors College. The goal of the program is to help first time in college and new transfer students develop the skills and connections they will need to be successful in college. Mentors form meaningful relationships with their mentees to provide support during the first year. The program aims to:

  • Improve the sense of belonging among students and familiarize them with campus resources
  • Foster positive student relationships and a strong campus community in person and virtually
  • Engage students with campus programs, academic support opportunities, and their classmates

Leaders: Honors College Seniors, Juniors or Sophomore nominated by the Honors College faculty

Mentees: All new students in the Wilkes Honors College

Leaders are invited to apply at the beginning of the Fall semester for training in late August Mentees will be invited to participate in the inaugural/pilot program at the beginning of the Fall semester. Additionally, any incoming/first-year student who would be interested in participating can contact maclife@fau.edu to be considered for the program.

Cecilia Sarmiento
Director of Student Services and Campus Life-Northern Campuses

Dr. Terje Hoim
Honors College Associate Dean


Honors Research Program in  Biological Sciences

Developed to introduce undergraduate students to research and mentor them through the process of engaging in biological research.     Mentee: By Application Only. 1) Minimum GPA 3.20 2. Core Course Requirement: Biodiversity + Lab, Biological Principles + Lab, General Chem + Lab (I and II), Organic Chem I (recommended), Calculus (recommended), Statistics (Noonburg) or PSY 3234 Experimental Design and Inference (recommended) 3. At least 12 credit hours at the 3000 or 4000 level 4. Minimum of one semester of research in the lab of your faculty sponsor. 5. Statement of purpose 6. Sponsor letter from potential mentor stating that will support student through honors credits. 7. Copy of unofficial transcript 8. Resume (optional) 9. 10 min Power Point presentation on proposed research project to the Honors Committee (week of July 22) Mentor: Any research faculty.

Honors Research Pathway - Deadlines March 1st, March 1st, Nov 1st


Honors Research Thesis Pathway - Deadline July 22nd. 

Dr. Kailiang Jia
Associate Professor 
Email:  kjia@fau.edu
Phone: 561-297-0512

Dr. Evelyn Frazier
Coordinator of the Honors Research Thesis Pathway
Email: efrazier@fau.edu
Phone: 561-297-4472

International Friends Program

The International Friends Program (IFP) promotes friendship and cultural exchange by matching current FAU students with new, incoming international students in order to help them adjust to life at FAU more easily. The peer friends serve as important resources for new international students who have many questions and concerns during their transition to FAU. We also have fun activities as a group, such as global love event, coffee hours, ropes course challenge, and much more! Mentee: International students who are newly admitted or in their first two semesters of study at FAU.

Mentor: Students who have completed at least one semester at FAU with a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. Students can be from any major.

Rolling deadlines Sharon Rodriguez Benarroch
International Student Services Coordinator
Email: srodriguezbenarr@fau.edu


The iRISE2 Mentoring Program serves youth with autism and related disabilities. The goal of the program is to help these youth reach their full potential for personal development and independence, while enriching their social-cognitive capacity through interest-based mentoring. Protégés are matched with a trained mentor that will help them address the challenging issues related to building positive, social relationships with family and peers. Matches are encouraged to explore the functional applications of their protégé's special interest and the possible career opportunities that can contribute and lead to a life of high self-esteem and independence. Matches are free to explore the community and its beaches, parks, museums, libraries, cultural festivals and any other activities throughout Palm Beach County that complement the interest of their protégé. Mentee: All proteges must be between the ages of 11-22 years of age, and registered with FAU CARD and have a diagnoses of autism or related disabilities.

Mentor Requirements:
Applicants must be at least 21 years of age
Applicants must successfully complete all steps of volunteer background screening
Willing to make a 1-year commitment of 4-6 hours per month with your protégé
Willing to meet and plan activities with their protégé in the community
Protégé Must
Be between the ages of 11 - 22 years of age
Reside in Palm Beach County
Express interest in developing and maintaining mentoring relationship
Be able to maintain personal safety and meet developmentally appropriate expectations
Communicate and reciprocate meaningful conversation and socially engage with his/her mentor
Express interest in exploring job options, vocational training or higher education degree
Rolling deadlines Darius Murray
Clinical Support Associate for Mentoring
Email: dmurra23@fau.edu
Phone: 561-213-6936

LGBTQ Peer Mentoring Program

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Peer Mentoring Program empowers LGBTQ students to live more full, happy, and productive lives. Mentors aim to support mentees through many facets of LGBTQ identity development. This is accomplished through frank, informal, one-on-one conversations, wherein support and information are provided. Mentors serve as positive role models and provide resource information. Who are the mentees?
Any enrolled FAU student who would like support with LGBTQ-related concerns is welcome to apply.

Who are the mentors?
Mentors are FAU students who have worked through their own LGBTQ coming out process, and have had experience negotiating life as an LGBTQ individual. It is this personal understanding that makes mentors particularly well suited to help others

Mentors are invited to apply in the beginning of the Fall semester for training in late September/early October. Mentee applications are accepted throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. Geanny Joseph Ruiz
Assistant Director, Office of LGBTQ+ and Allyship in Center for Inclusion, Diversity Education, and Advocacy (IDEAs)
Email: gjosep20@fau.edu
Phone: 561-297-3953

Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (OURI) Peer Mentors

The Peer Mentor Program is designed to help guide undergraduate students interested in pursuing research and inquiry, by providing student mentors. Undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines will serve as Peer Mentors. Peer Mentors are available for open mentoring hours, hosting workshops, and providing classroom presentations all to integrate and expand a culture of research, inquiry and creative activity on all of FAU's campuses. Be in good academic standing at the university
Have one semester of DIS or other documented research experiences completed before applying.
Commit to a one year agreement as a Peer Mentor (Summer through Summer)
Selected mentors must be students throughout the year (undergraduate or graduate)
Commit to active participation in the student club, Council for Scholarship and Inquiry (CSI)
Commit to continue research in the academic year as an active peer mentor
Last Friday in May each year. Jennie Soberon, MBA
OURI Assistant Program Director
Email: jsoberon@fau.edu
Phone: 561-297-1033

Emerging Scholars Program for FAU Student Athletes

The mentor program is designed to help student-athletes study efficiently and effectively with an objective based approach. An individual academic plan is created by the academic athletic counselors and learning specialist for each student-athlete. Mentee: Any FAU first-year or or new transfer student-athlete. Also, any athlete below a 3.0 GPA or NCAA eligibility risk.

Mentor: Academic Athletic Counselors.
Rolling deadline. Eric Coleman
Associate Athletic Director/Director for Student Athlete Center for Academic for Academic Excellence

Email: colemane@fau.edu
Phone: 561-297-6957


PROPEL was created to reform and streamline the Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) and FAU's school leadership preparation programs with the outcome of creating a single, seamless, leadership preparation continuum that results in successful completers earning dual certification in Level I Educational Leadership and Level II School Principal certification.

PROPEL was created to prepare educational leaders with a focus on "turnaround" school leadership and meeting the needs of the most challenging schools. PROPEL serves to create a more sound future for public education and enhance educational leadership development models. PROPEL's school administrator preparation program is cutting edge, based on the most current research, best practices, and the evolving needs of individual schools and districts. The project's vision is, through an innovative model, to move schools and districts into a new and successful era of public education that will promote the foundational goals of creating a democratic society and citizenry while addressing the learning needs of all students.

Mentee: Meet all admissions requirements to enter the Masters Program in Educational Leadership, must be nominated and sponsored by a Broward mentor, and pass a rigorous interview process as well as take the Profile XT Survey to demonstrate the leadership capacities needed for the position.

Mentor: Must hold a Masters in Education, Certified Level 2 Principal, acting School Principal, and must have training in Southern Educational Regional Board (SREB) Coaching and Mentoring.

January of every year. Dr. Daniel Reyes-Guerra
Project Director
Email: dreyes@fau.edu
Phone: 561-306-4897

The College of Nursing Mentorship Program

The College of Nursing Mentorship Program was designed to connect freshman direct admit students with upper division nursing students and faculty mentors. The College of Nursing mentoring program uses a holistic approach to assist students on their journey of professional, and social development. This mentoring program is unique in that students participate in their freshman and sophomore years. Mentee: A student must be admitted to the freshman direct track in nursing. Upper division students who feel they would benefit from a mentor may also participate.
Mentor: Candidates must be of junior standing in the College of Nursing and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. They must also demonstrate the following: uphold the College of Nursing Philosophy, possess a participatory, positive attitude and passion in previous community services, be professional and mature, possess strong interpersonal and communication skills, and have a willingness to support a fellow student.
Applications are accepted during spring semester of each year with a due date of April 1st. Javaris Hammond
Freshmen Direct Admit BSN Academic Coordinator
Email: hammondj@fau.edu
Phone: 561-297-4648

University Honors Program Peer Mentors

The University Honors Program is a 2 year honors program for qualified incoming freshmen students open to all majors at the Boca Raton campus. Peer Mentors create a community feel for their mentees and help UHP students with their transitions from high school to FAU. Mentee: University Honors Program Students

Mentor: University Honors Program Students. Minimum of 2.5 GPA
Fall Mary Downing "MD" Patterson
Assistant Director, University Honors Program
Email: mpatterson@fau.edu

Urban Male Initiative

The mission of the Urban Male Initiative at Florida Atlantic University is to develop and motivate urban male students, to successfully identify and utilize pathways to a timely graduation and job placement. This will be accomplished through interactive, inclusive programming focused on mentorship, peer accountability, academic and social-based events; all while developing a strong sense of purpose, self-identity, and community. Mentee: Focused primarily on urban male students.

Mentor: Any FAU faculty, staff, or corporate representative.
Rolling deadlines

Daniel Gutierrez
Associate Director for First-Generation Student Success
Email: dgutierrez@fau.edu

Phone number: 561-297-3988

Department of Physics Mentoring Program

The Department of Physics mentoring program pairs newly declared majors with faculty mentors. Undergraduate majors also have the opportunity to interact with more than 20 graduate students affiliated with the department. Mentee: Newly declared undergraduate majors
Mentor: Faculty in the Department of Physics
Physics majors are assigned a faculty mentor. Luc T. Wille
Professor and Interim Chair
Email: willeL@fau.edu
Phone number: 561-297-2100

Pine Jog Fellowship

The Pine Jog Fellowship: Cultivating Community Involvement and Environmental Leadership is an innovative 3-semester program that aims to develop a cadre of young leaders who are knowledgeable about various environmental issues impacting South Florida and who understand the social, environmental and economic interrelationships that are critical to addressing such issues. After exploring the major environmental issues impacting South Florida, Fellows make a difference in their local community through environmental service learning and by serving as mentors to school-aged youth. Mentee: Middle-School Students Spring Ray Coleman
Executive Director, Pine Jog Environmental Education Center
Email: colemanr@fau.edu
Phone number: 561-686-6600

First-Year Connections

Whether a first-year or transfer student, the program introduces students new to FAU to a faculty, staff, graduate student, or undergraduate peer mentor. Matches are made based on academic interests, co-curricular involvement, and shared goals for a mentoring relationship. Mentee: Any undergraduate student new to FAU within their first two semesters of enrollment not already affiliated with a mentoring program.

Mentor: FAU faculty, staff, and graduate students. Undergraduate peer mentors are selected through an application process.
Rolling deadlines: Preference is given to peer mentors who apply before the beginning of each semester.

Allison Rodgers Zapata
Associate Director for New Student Transitions & Family Engagement
Email: mentoring@fau.edu 

Phone number: 561-297-2733

Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars

 The mentor program aids in the transition of all freshmen and transfer student-athletes, as well as students who are struggling after their freshman year. The FAU academic mentor program provides an opportunity to instill the tools of education that will allow student-athletes to take a proactive approach to learning.  Mentee: All FAU first-year student-athlete or new transfer student-athlete. Also, any athlete below a 2.2 GPA or NCAA eligibility risk.

Mentor: SACAE Academic Counselors, Learning Specialist and Graduate Assistants.

Rolling deadline. Keven Allen, Jr., M.ED
Director, First Generation Student Success
Email: kallenjr@fau.edu
Phone number: 561-686-4941

FAU Business Mentor Program

 The FAU Business Mentoring Program is designed to bring together business students and business professionals that share common professional interests. This mentoring relationship will enable business students to be better equipped as they explore varied career paths and assist them as they navigate those early years of professional life. Mentee: Candidates must be degree seeking FAU College of Business students with a GPA above 2.75 and in good academic standing. Candidates must be able to demonstrate their commitment to their own professional development and be receptive to guidance from others. Students will complete an application, submit a resume, and complete an interview to be eligible.

Mentor: Experienced professionals that want to guide FAU Business students to develop their goals and professional skills.

Application Deadlines:
Applications are accepted until August 30th with interviews to follow.

Michael Thomas
Business Mentor Coach
Email: thomasm@fau.edu
Phone: 561-297-3676

Lauren Chorlog
Assistant Director
College of Business
Email: lchorlog@fau.edu
Phone number: 561-297-4388

 Last Modified 5/28/21