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Thursday, December 10 • 1:30pm - 2:00pm
The Impact of Peer Mentoring on Mentors in a Novel Course at McMaster University

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In a peer mentoring relationship, mentors can offer strong peer support and can help foster academic networks and a sense of community for their mentees. Mentors act as a guide, transferring valuable advice for overall success in academia. In return, mentors should also expect to benefit through self-reflection, leading to a sense of personal growth (Colvin & Ashman, 2010). The aim of this study is to analyze the impact of a new third year McMaster undergraduate course, Peer Mentoring in Science (SCIENCE 3A03), on student mentors and their perceptions and experiences of mentorship. During December 2014, we collected survey data from peer mentors on their experiences mentoring first-year students that were registered in a new foundational science course. Surveys consisted of Likert scales and open-ended responses on impressions of how the SCIENCE 3A03 course assisted their development as mentors. More specifically, we explored the challenges, usefulness, and enjoyability of mentorship, as well as mentors’ perspectives of impact. Results from this study will improve the current peer mentoring course design, provide a model of a peer mentoring program that can be adopted by other faculties and institutions, and contribute to the development of a stronger student community. Participants will be asked to consider how a mentoring program might help cultivate a sense of community and bring benefits to students' learning experiences within their own department or faculty.

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Lori Goff

McMaster University
Lori Goff is the Manager of Program Enhancement at McMaster University. Her research interests in peer mentoring and quality enhancement are fundamentally focused on enhancing students’ learning experiences within the university context
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Zeeshan Haqqee

McMaster University
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Keeyeon Mark Hwang

McMaster University
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Kris Knorr

RTL Conference Chair, McMaster University
Kris Knorr is a research coordinator at MIIETL


Thursday December 10, 2015 1:30pm - 2:00pm EST
Meeting Room B

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