Peer Mentoring Program

The KU School of Pharmacy (SOP) Peer Mentoring Program is a student-driven program that partners current Pharm.D. students with incoming P1 students to help ease the transition to pharmacy school and 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.

P1 Registration for the Mentoring Program

The mentoring program is completely voluntary. Please complete this brief registration form if you’d like to be paired with a peer mentor. You will be matched with a mentor based on the information provided. Register by August 26.

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 this brief application. The deadline to complete this application is August 26th, 2016.

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

  • Current P2 or P3 student 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
  • Meet face-to-face with mentee twice a semester (more meetings are encouraged)
  • Attend peer mentor-sponsored events
  • Attend a 30-minute orientation program
  • Commit to a full academic year of service (a minimum of 5 hours per semester)
  • 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.)
  • Meet face-to-face with mentee twice  a semester (more meetings are encouraged)
  • Attend peer mentor-sponsored events
  • Meet with your faculty advisor
  • Provide feedback about the program

Advisory Board (P2 Students)

There is a small advisory board charged with overseeing the peer mentoring program. This board is responsible for matching mentors and mentees, planning events, creating resources, and recruiting mentors and mentees. Please indicate on the mentor application if you are interested in applying for the advisory board. You will be required to supply the names of two references. One of the references should be related to your pharmacy experience (e.g. supervisor, faculty, or faculty advisor).


Please contact Director of Assessment Millinda Fowles with questions about the program.

2nd among all schools of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health funding
Brings more than $20 million in external funding into the state each year
7 of 19 cancer drugs formulated through the National Cancer Institute were developed at the KU School of Pharmacy
3,000 free flu shots given to Kansans in need during the past 5 years
4,000 living alumni, 63 percent of them living and working in Kansas
KU pharmacists practice in 95 of Kansas’ 105 counties
20th among public schools of pharmacy.
—U.S. News & World Report
$20.2 million NIH research grant earned by Distinguished Professor Jeff Aubé was 2nd largest in Kansas history
100 percent placement after graduation for KU Pharm.D. students
Established in 1885 as the 1st professional program at KU