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Peer Mentoring Program

The student-driven Phi Lambda Sigma Peer Mentoring Program partners current Pharm.D. students with incoming P1 students to help ease the transition to pharmacy school and better position the P1 student for success. Peer mentors provide an additional level of support to new students by answering questions, providing advice and being a consistent point of contact throughout the P1’s first year of study.

Register for the Mentoring Program (P1 Students)

The mentoring program is completely voluntary. Please complete this brief registration form if you’d like to be paired with a peer mentor based on the information you provide. Register by September 7th.

Apply to be a Peer Mentor (P2 and P3 Students)

Peer mentors will be selected and matched with P1 students based on the information provided in their application. Mentors applications are accepted in the Spring semester for the upcoming school year.  Mentor eligibility requirements include:

  • Good academic standing (2.5 GPA or above)
  • Involvement in the Peer Mentor Program as a P1 Mentee
  • P3 students who previously participated as a mentor must have fulfilled the mandatory requirements of the program in their previous year of service in order to be invited to return as a mentor for a second year

Goals of the Peer Mentoring Program

  • Provide P1 students access to a professional student who models behaviors, attitudes, and characteristics representative of the profession.
  • Share SOP and KU resources that may be helpful to a P1 student.
  • Increase the mentor/mentees pride and sense of belonging to the SOP.
  • Foster and develop a community of collegiality among the student body.
  • Give highly qualified students the opportunity to develop leadership skills.
  • Allow faculty to concentrate on more formal discussions during routine advising appointments, such as goal setting and professional development.

Expectations of Peer Mentors

  • Remain in good academic standing.
  • Maintain a positive attitude and represent the values and mission of the SOP.
  • Provide consistent and accurate information to mentees that aligns with KU and SOP standards, policies, and procedures.
  • Maintain on-going, dependable contact with mentee (via text, e-mail, in-person, social media, etc.) and keeps mentee informed of opportunities and best practices for being successful in the school of pharmacy.
  • Attend peer mentor-sponsored events (3 per semester).
  • Attend a 30-minute orientation program.
  • Commit to a full academic year of service.
  • Provide feedback about the program.

Expectations of P1 Students (Mentees)

  • Use your Peer Mentor as a resource by taking advantage of their experience in the PharmD program.
  • Maintain on-going, dependable contact with mentee (via text, e-mail, in-person, social media, etc.).
  • Attend peer mentor-sponsored events (3 per semester).
  • Meet with your faculty advisor.
  • Provide feedback about the program.

Advisory Board (P2 Students)

The Peer Mentor advisory board is responsible for matching mentors and mentees, planning events, creating resources and recruiting mentors and mentees. Board members collaborate with school of pharmacy deans and faculty to ensure that the program offers the best experience possible for incoming P1 students.  

Peer Mentoring Important Dates and Events

  • Sept. 7 - Peer Mentor registration forms due
  • Sept. 14 - Mentor/mentee matches commmunicated via email
  • Sept. 18 - Kick-off Gathering (noon - 1:00 p.m.)
  • Oct. 2 - Gathering (noon - 1:00 p.m.)
  • Nov. - Gathering (TBD)
  • Jan. - Gathering (TBD)
  • Feb. - Gathering (TBD)
  • April - Gathering (TBD)
  • May 17 - Mentor applications due for 2019-2020 academic year


Please email kuplsmentorprogram@gmail.com or speak to your campus Peer Mentor Committee Chair and/or Phi Lambda Sigma President.

2018-2019 Peer Mentor Program Contacts:

Chloe Ortbals – Lawrence Campus

Ashley Kells – Wichita Campus

Tessa Schnelle – Phi Lambda Sigma President

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