Furman STEM Mentors
Started in Fall 2008 (as a HHMI sponsored outreach initiatives), the Furman STEM Mentors program provide a structure for Furman science majors to connect with teacher-selected middle school students whose “potential is outweighed by circumstance”. In Fall 2008, 18 STEM majors mentored 22 students at Hughes Academy [a public, STEM-focused urban magnet school serving > 60% under represented minority (URM) students] in 1:1 one-hour, gender-matched weekly sessions. From this core, Furman STEM Mentors has ascended as Furman’s hallmark STEM service-learning program, receiving statewide recognition in 2010 (Commendation of Excellence, South Carolina Commission on Higher Education). Since Fall 2008, over 250 Furman mentors have participated, recording over 2000 contact hours. With increased participation, the program expanded to two additional middle schools (Legacy Charter and Berea Middle) both serving a URM base with poverty indices > 90%. In Fall 2012, a small group of students began working with Middle School students at the Frazee Dream Center in downtown Greenville and since that time we have again expanded to work with students at Lakeview Middle School and Northwest Middle School.
Since 2010, we have also linked Furman Engaged! to this program by inviting our mentees (for most, the first time to visit a college campus) for a great day at Furman (see photo below).
While we hold a recruiting meeting in Kohrt Commons (Townes Science Center) at the start of both fall and spring semesters, feel free to contact the program coordinator (John Kaup) at any time with questions and/or download and complete the two forms below and bring them by to sign up and get started. Our office suite is located in the basement of Townes (South) - Suite 071.
Fall 2014 (Current program)
55 Students are Volunteering as Mentors at the following locations
14 at Lakeview Middle School
12 at Northwest Middle School
11 at the Frazee Dream Center (after school)
18 at Legacy Charter Middle School
Furman STEM Mentors and Hughes Academy and Legacy Charter
Mentees gather for a photo at Furman Engaged!