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 Leadership and Service Ambassadors

The Elite Owl Leadership and Service Ambassador is a university-wide program designed to recognize exemplary student leaders on the across FAU's campuses. A part of the Elite Owl Ambassador program focuses on mentoring and development of leadership skills. The Elite Owl team is comprised of 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 practice leadership and presentation skills, to serve as near-peer mentors, to be mentored, to be involved at important University events, and in various other ways to develop their individual and team 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. In order to be considered eligible for acceptance into the Elite Owl program, candidates must be available for the scheduled meeting time(s) and date(s) listed in the application.

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

Applications open each Spring semester for the following year (i.e. open Feb/Mar Spring 2022 for academic year 2022-2023). If positions open or are available, a limited number of mid-year applications can open toward the end of the Fall semester for the Spring semester (i.e. open Oct/Nov of Fall 2021 for Spring 2022). Renee Fellinger
Assistant Director for Student Activities and Involvement
Email: rfellinger@fau.edu

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. Dr. Gwendolyn Carey
Curriculum and Training Specialist
Email: gcarey@fau.edu
Phone: 561-799-8348

FAU Tech Runway Mentor Program

A team mentoring based 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 

Wilkes Honors College Peer Mentor 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

Peer Mentors and Leaders: Current WHC students are nominated by the WHC faculty for their good standing. These students are then invited to apply to serve as either a Peer Mentor or Leader.

Mentees: All incoming students to Wilkes Honors College are invited to participate in the yearlong mentorship program.

Leaders are invited to apply at the and undergo training in late August. Mentees will be invited to participate in the WHC Peer Mentor program at the beginning of their first term at the Wilkes Honors College.

For more information: https://www.fau.edu/student/jupiter/college-peer-mentor-program/

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

Dr. Monica Maldonado
Co-curricular Activities & Research

Email: maclife@fau.edu

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

LGBTQIA+ 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 the personal undersanding 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 Jemaise Jones
Assistant Director
Center for Inclusion
Diversity Education
and Advocacy (IDEAs)
Office of LGBTQ+ Initiatives and Allyship
Email: jemaisejones2014@fau.edu
Phone: 561-297-3959

Office of Undergraduate Research & Inquiry 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. Alexis Miller
OURI Program Coordinator
Email: alexismiller@fau.edu

Emerging Scholars Program for FAU Student Athletes

Emerging Scholars Program (ESP) within the Academic Support unit of the SASC:
  • 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 identified as academically at risk. Participants include all incoming FTICs, transfers, and returners under a 3.0 GPA, or those that may be determined to be a concern.
  • Each student is paired with an SASC staff for weekly or biweekly academic counseling session to monitor their plan and academic progress.
  • Students with diagnosed learning disabilities will also meet with a learning specialist and may remain on an academic plan after earning over a 3.0 GPA if deemed necessary. SASC academic counselors are required to provide a weekly and end of the term academic report to head coaches and cc the coach’s sport administrator and the Director of SASC. Academic plans are reviewed at the end of each term using the Student Resource Indicator by the academic counselor and learning specialist and adjusted as needed.
Mentee: Any FAU first-year or or new undergraduate transfer student-athlete. Also, any athlete below a 3.0 GPA or NCAA eligibility risk.

Mentor: Academic Athletic Counselors and/or Learning Assistant
N/A Jackie Perez
Director of Academic Support/Assistant Director, SASC

Email: jperez46@fau.edu
Phone: 561-297-2899


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 Academic Coaching Program

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

Mentor: University Honors Program Students. Minimum of 3.0 GPA
Applications for peer academic coaching open during Spring semester for the following academic year Heather Smith
University Honors Program Engagement Coordinator
Email: smithh@fau.edu

Honors Research Program in Biological Sciences

Honors Research Pathway Program

Developed to introduce undergraduate students to research and mentor them through the process of engaging in biological research. Mentee: By Application Only.
  1. Must be a major in the following: BA/BS Biology, Neuroscience & Behavior
  2. Minimum 3.2 GPA at time of application and graduation
  3. Minimum 20 credits in Biology coursework that must include the following: Biodiversity + Lab (requires a "B" or better) Biological Principles + Lab (requires a "B" or better)General Chemistry + Lab (I & II) (requires a "B" or better)
  4. Resume
  5. Application Letter
  6. Unofficial Transcript
  7. Completed Application Form
  8. Confirmed Biological Sciences Faculty Mentor (signed Honors in Biological Sciences Faculty Advisor Verification Form) Mentor: Any research faculty.

Honors Research Pathway - Deadlines June 1st, December 1st, March 1st


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

Honors Research Program in Biological Sciences

Honors Research Thesis Pathway Program

Developed to introduce undergraduate students to research and mentor them through the process of engaging in biological research. Mentee: By Application Only.
  1. Must be a major in the following: BA/BS Biology, Neuroscience & Behavior
  2. Minimum 3.2 GPA at time of application and graduation
  3. Minimum 20 credits in Biology coursework that must include the following: Biodiversity + Lab (requires a "B" or better) Biological Principles + Lab (requires a "B" or better)General Chemistry + Lab (I & II) (requires a "B" or better)
  4. Resume (Optional)
  5. Application Letter
  6. Unofficial Transcript
  7. Completed Application Form
  8. Confirmed Biological Sciences Faculty Mentor (signed Honors in Biological Sciences Faculty Advisor Verification Form) Mentor: Any research faculty.

Honors Research Thesis Pathway - Deadline July 22nd. 

Evelyn Frazier, Ph.D.
University Instructor
Email: efrazier@fau.edu
Phone: 561-297-4472

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 minority men.

Mentor: Any FAU faculty, staff, or corporate representative who identifies as a minority man.
Rolling deadlines

Dr. Keven Allen Jr. Director
First-Generation Student Success
Email: kallenjr@fau.edu

Phone number: Phone: 561-297-2957

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

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.

Jordan DiPentima
Interim Associate Director for New Student Transitions & Family Engagement
Email: mentoring@fau.edu 

Phone number: 561-297-2733

Kelly Strul Peer Mentoring Program

The Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program assists academically talented first-generation, low-income students graduate debt-free from Florida Atlantic University in four years or less. The program provides scholars with financial resources, academic support, wraparound services, mentorship and memorable life experiences that help them become successful leaders. Mentee: Freshmen, First-gen, FTIC, Kelly/Strul Students.

Mentor: Current Kelly/Strul Program participants in good program standing.

Rolling deadline. Jennifer Parra
Assistant Director
First-Generation Student Success
Email: jparra3@fau.edu
phone: 561-297-2932

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 4/22/22