Sophomore Surge Mentors are leaders who will be trained, supported, and empowered to shape the futures of the next incoming Freshman class throughout their first year of college in order to Surge students into their sophomore year.

Requirements to be a Surge Mentor:

  • an MSU student in their 2nd year or higher
  • Successful completion of University Seminar (US) Core 
  • Good academic standing
  • Completion of online application which includes contact info of two (2) references from the MSU community 

Surge Mentors will mentor a small group of (15-18) incoming Freshmen through partnership with CLS 101US- Knowledge and Community; or US 101- First Year Seminar, both 3-credit University Seminar (US) Core courses required of incoming Freshmen. Mentors will attend all class meetings of a designated section of CLS 101 or US 101 for the entire semester to serve as Surge Mentor for that group of students as well as engage those students in out-of-class activities and events. 

Time commitment and efforts of a Surge Mentor: 

Time commitment for Mentors is approximately 5-8 hours per week during the academic year (~25 hours per month) and efforts consists of:

  • Attendance at every class meeting of designated CLS 101US or US 101US to participate in the course content's goal of supporting first year students' transition to college
    • Facilitation of icebreaker and introduction activities
    • Announcement of and encouragement toward campus and community events and engagement opportunities
    • General student support for academic systems such as D2L; and procedures such as review of syllabi of courses and how to use professor's office hours
    • Referrals to key MSU services (library, counseling, academic advising, tutoring, career development, learning strategies, etc)
    • Guidance and support through US course curriculum discussion and interaction 
    • Outreach to students who are struggling
    • Support critical thinking, learning, and understanding in a supportive and collegiate environment
  • Out of class activities
    • Meals together in MSU Dining Halls (meal vouchers provided for Mentors who are not already on a meal plan) 
    • One-on-one check-in with mentees during the first 3-4 weeks of the semester; more as needed
    • Occasional social events throughout semester (Service Saturdays, hiking excursions, sporting events, etc)
  • Enrollment in upper division credit for ongoing training and support for working with first-year students
    • For those partnering with CLS 101, Surge Mentors will enroll in CLS 460 which meets Tuesdays 4:30-5:45 pm and one additional hour per week TBD
    • For those partnering with US 101, Surge Mentors will enroll in US 460 which meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30-5:45 pm 

What Surge Mentors get:

  • An amazing leadership opportunity
  • The opportunity to make an important and life-changing difference in the life of a student
  • Free meals when you meet with your Surge mentees
  • Upper-division credits that count towards your 42 upper-division course requirements
  • A powerful resume builder
  • Stipend

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