NEWS RELEASE: Science Alliance aligns incoming students for success

 

 

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                                          PLU Dept of Natural Sciences

                                          12180 Park Ave. S. Tacoma, WA 98447

RELEASE DATE

May 25, 2016

MEDIA CONTACTS

Dr. Matt Smith, Dean of Natural Sciences, PLU, smithmf@plu.edu, (253) 535-7550

Science Alliance aligns incoming students for success 

Pacific Lutheran University will be implementing a new program this 2016-2017 school year for first-year and transfer students majoring in the natural sciences. This program is called Science Alliance. Science Alliance aims to help first-year and transfer students succeed in college through peer mentoring by upperclassmen in the same major.

Dr. Matt Smith, dean of the natural sciences department at PLU and the creator of the Science Alliance program, has big dreams for the program.

“Our goal is to make the transition for first-year and transfer students to PLU easier. We want to have an open communication line for students,” said Dr. Smith.

Science Alliance will be implemented this coming fall and will last for the entire fall semester.  Mentors and mentees will meet in person once a month during lunch to discuss possible study strategies, classes and any other questions mentees may have. Mentors and mentees will also communicate with each other once a week.

“We are trying to build a community here at PLU,” said Dr. Smith.

Junior and senior standing PLU students with at least 60 credits and a minimum GPA of 3.0 can apply to be mentors for the program. Applications for transfer students to be mentees are open now and applications for first-year student mentees will open June 1, 2016. Dr. Smith expects there to be 15-20 mentors this fall who can help mentees navigate their first year at PLU.

The natural sciences department at PLU aims to help students discover their scientific curiosity and lifelong learning. Some values of the department include academic excellence, student-centered learning, collaboration, diversity and community involvement.

The Science Alliance program hopes to encompass all of the department’s values starting this fall. For more information on the program, students and future students can visit http://www.plu.edu/nsci/science-alliance/ or call Dr. Matt Smith at (253) 535-7550.

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