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Author: Saya Kakim

LSAMP students participate in peer mentoring program

The KS-LSAMP T.E.A.M. (Transfer Engagement And Mentorship) program is designed to help community college students make a successful transition from their two-year institution to K-State. It is a distance program to make the mentoring experience flexible for all participants.

Through the experience, community college students have an opportunity to connect and learn from current K-State students who have successfully transferred to K-State. The pair is encouraged to communicate on a weekly basis. Students have a variety of options to communicate, such as text, a phone call, and online technology: email, zoom, and social media. In the program, current K-State students share their college experiences and serve as a campus resource.

The T.E.A.M. program was conducted by the Kansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (KS-LSAMP) program from September 30 to November 22, 2019. During this time, community college students (mentees) participated in the orientation and mid-program meetings. The interactive meetings were held by using zoom technology. The focus of the meetings was how the current mentoring experience could assist the mentees with preparation for a successful college transfer. Also, students learned how to facilitate communication in the program. Using Kahoot game and Mentimeter real-time feedback platform helped participants to share their questions and experiences.

K-State students, the mentors, participated in an orientation, mid-program, and the end of program meetings. During the sessions, the mentors engaged in activities that focused on active listening and communication skills. Students also reflected on their college and mentoring experiences. The participants were provided with a handbook to share resources for both mentors and mentees, which helped guide students through their mentoring experience. In addition, mentors and mentees had an opportunity to meet each other in person during the Transfer Student Visit Day on October 13th, 2019. The social event was a great place for community college students to socialize and ask questions in a welcoming and informal environment.

The Fall 2019 TEAM program included the following mentees, Rodolfo Madrid (DCCC); Yuriana Arroyo (GCCC): David Perez, Maria Herrera, and Miguel Perez (SCCC); Briana Garcia (Donnelly). The Fall 2019 mentors were from the KS-LSAMP alliance institutions such as Cesar Aparicio, Jacob Rico Martinez, and Shiseido Robinson (GCCC); Erick Saenz and Richard Carmona Andrade (SCCC). Also, Evangelina R. Gallardo from Highland Community College.

This was the second time the T.E.A.M. program had been coordinated and KS-LSAMP plans to have a new cohort of students in Fall 2020.

The T.E.A.M program is part of the National Science Foundation funded KS-LSAMP grant. The overall goal of KS-LSAMP is to double the number of underrepresented minority students graduating from Kansas State University with baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering or math.

More information about KS-LSAMP can be found at www.k-state.edu/lsamp

KS-LSAMP Spring 2020 Events


K-State Welcome Back Event
January 24, 2020
11:30 – 12:30 pm
K-State Union, Bluemont Room
During this event, you will have an opportunity to meet other K-State students, play interactive games to learn more about K-State and socialize. There will be free food from Qdoba while supplies last.


Inside look – Medical School Application
February 10, 2020
10:30 – 11:30 am
K-State Union, Room 204
Current K-State student Carmen Del Real will discuss her experiences in the KUMC Pre-Admissions Program as well as her journey through the medical school application.


Exploring Graduate School Options
April 9, 2020
11:00 – 12:00 pm
K-State Union, Room 203
During this event, you will learn how to research graduate programs and network with potential faculty mentors. Hosted in collaboration with the McNair Scholars Program.

KS-LSAMP Fall 2019 Events



KS-LSAMP Welcome Event
September 5, 2019
11:30 – 1:00 pm
K-State Student Union, Bluemont Room
Want to learn more about KS-LSAMP and meet other K-State students? If the answer is yes, then you should attend the KS-LSAMP welcome event. During this event, we will share information about the program, such as research and volunteer opportunities. We will also have a guest speaker from the K-State Career Center to talk about available resources through their office and the upcoming All-University Career Fair. Lunch will be provided. We hope to see you there!


Volunteer Opportunity
October 13-14, 2019
2:00 – 7:30 pm Different events available
Interested in sharing your STEM/K-State experience with others? KS-LSAMP is hosting an event for potential transfer students, and we need your help! Opportunities to guide a campus tour, attend dinner or social event, and interact with community college students are available. This is a chance to share your experiences with other students.
Registration required: http://bit.ly/TSVDF19VOL


Leveraging Your Strengths to Fulfill Your Purpose and Career
October 17, 2019
11:30 – 12:30 pm
K-State Student Union, Room 203
This workshop will explore the CliftonStrengths for Students signature themes and how you can leverage them in your professional life. Whether applying for scholarships, graduate school, or other opportunities, your Strengths can help you share your story. Bring your top five CliftonStrengths to the workshop if you have taken the assessment, if possible. If you haven’t taken the assessment yet, you can still attend and learn more about CliftonStrengths and how to leverage them for success.


Application, Admission, Acceptance, Oh My!
Veterinary School 101
November 7, 2019
12:00 – 1:00 pm
K-State Student Union, Room 206
Are you planning to apply to veterinary school in the near future? Do you know what documents you will need? Do you have an idea of how long it will take to complete the application? If not, that’s okay. Attend this event to hear from David Hoffman, Recruitment Coordinator in the College of Veterinary Medicine. He will provide insights into the application process and beyond. You will also have a chance to hear from current veterinary school students regarding their experiences.