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Clay N. Hixson Student Success Center

Peer Mentor Program

The Clay N. Hixson Student Success Center, Peer Mentor program is structured to aid the transition of new students to Tennessee Tech University and College of Engineering by connecting them with upper-level students who will serve as role models, mentors, guides, and a resource. Peer Mentors assist new students by using their knowledge and experience on campus, in collaboration with the support of ENGR instructors, to navigate different challenges experienced during the first year of college.

Peer Mentors are matched with ENGR 1020 instructors to help facilitate classroom lectures, assignments, and events. Peer Mentors will also meet with their students outside of the classroom by attending campus events and fostering regular meetings to develop trust, a support system, and friendships with their students.

During the fall semester, Peer Mentors attend semester ENGR class meetings to work with instructors in assisting students with the program's required curriculum. This may include exposing students to campus resources to support academic success; influencing students to seek opportunities for involvement within campus organizations or academic honor societies; learning a sense of Tech Pride and tradition; dealing with anxieties, stress, or time management issues; explore majors or careers to determine interests; and many more topics.

During the spring semester, the Peer Mentor will stay engaged with the fall class, communicating College of Engineering and campus programs that connect to academic, personal, and professional development.

If selected as a Peer Mentor you will:

  • Gain leadership experience working with peers and new students
  • Learn about resources available to students which benefit new students and yourself
  • Actively participate in the Tennessee Tech and College of Engineering campus community
  • Develop and foster relationships with College of Engineering faculty and staff
  • Create the possibility for future campus leadership opportunities
  • Receive a semesterly stipend of up to $750


  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in the College of Engineering
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must be able to commit to 4 hours weekly for both fall AND spring semester
  • Must be able to attend mandatory training and meetings as scheduled

Preferred Characteristics and Skills:

  • Excellent math ability and potential to provide academic assistance in math courses
  • Willingness to collaborate with a team
  • Desire to learn
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Basic computer skills

Clay N. Hixson Student Success Center Mentor Application

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