WiSE Learning Community Second-year Peer Mentors
The Student Role Model program was established by Iowa State University's Program for Women in Science and Engineering to encourage students, grades K-12, to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The student role models are undergraduate students who visit schools and community organizations across the state of Iowa, engaging K-12 students in fun, interactive science and math activities. The program, which was created in 1990, reaches nearly 70 schools and 4000 students each year.
A wide variety of science and math activities can be taught by the program, as well as offer exciting challenges. Typically the role models provide hands-on sessions, giving K-12 students a chance to experience the fun of science and math. The Student Role Model program offers various hands-on activities, as well as works individually with each request to determine the best format for the visit. In addition to the hands-on activities, student role models are willing to share their experiences about college life, participate in panel discussions, or be involved with other outreach forums as needed.
Visits by the Student Role Model program are provided free of charge to K-12 schools and community organizations. The costs of the program are covered by grants from corporations and foundations. Visits are primarily scheduled during the Iowa State University academic year; however, limited visits may possibly be arranged during breaks or summer months.
The student role model assistant, Addie Van Nimwegen (515) 294-5814 or
Carol Heaverlo, Outreach Coordinator, (515) 294-5883