The Science and Engineering Mentoring Outreach Program

Based at Santa Clara University

Benefits to high school mentees

High school students in the SEMO Program benefit from being

  • connected with college-age role models and advisers who will be a resource for them throughout their high school education
  • trained in soft skills for career development, including résumé building, cover letters, and interview skills
  • prepared for the college application process through customized mentorships focused on each individual
  • inspired and motivated to pursue higher education and STEM careers

Santa Clara University students in the SEMO Program will benefit from

  • high-profile, real-world leadership experience
  • interaction with diverse and marginalized communities
  • exposure to industry and networking opportunities in biotechnology and medical devices
  • a leadership certificate awarded upon completion of the program
  • potential credit for the Experiential Learning for Social Justice (ELSJ) component of the Core requirements
  • résumé building
  • making an impact in the lives of high school students from disadvantaged communities

To receive ELSJ credit, mentors must enroll in the SEMO companion course, Science Education and Social Justice (BIOL 188), which includes sixteen contact hours working with high school students.

After each year of participation in SEMO (with a minimum of sixteen hours per year), mentors receive a leadership certificate to acknowledge their service and the leadership skills they gained through the program.