The Engineering Peer Advising program exists to provide additional information and support to our first-year and transfer engineering students as they learn the ropes at Santa Clara University and the School of Engineering.
A staff of eleven returning engineering students serve as Peer Advisors who are trained and readily available to assist new students in understanding their academic requirements (both for the Core and their majors), as well as the many campus resources and engineering opportunities that are available to them.
Each new student is assigned a Peer Advisor in their major for individual mentoring and advising throughout their first year. Peer Advisors reach out to their students during the year to connect and provide assistance as needed. Students are also encouraged to contact their assigned Peer Advisor with any questions they may have about their requirements, the School of Engineering, or Santa Clara University. The Peer Advising resource exists as a supplement to students' faculty advisors, with whom new students will interact regularly as well. If you have questions about which Peer Advisor you have been assigned to, please contact Olivia Figueira.
Mandatory Spring Advising Sessions
All new engineering students (first-years and new transfers) are required to meet with their faculty advisor in the fall and spring mandatory advising periods prior to course registration. The spring quarter mandatory advising period takes place from May 3-14. To prepare for these faculty meetings, all first-year and new transfer engineering students must participate in advising sessions, facilitated by our Engineering Peer Advisors. The process for Spring 2021 will differ from the fall. New engineering students must do the following:
Watch the Spring Advising Session Presentation videos.
Have a one-on-one meeting with their assigned Peer Advisor.
Meet with their faculty advisor during the mandatory advising period.
Students who do not complete the Mandatory Spring Advising process will have a hold on their eCampus and will not be able to register for our fall courses until it is completed.
Each Peer Advisor has a designated sign-up form with several sessions between April 26 - May 7. Your Peer Advisor will be in touch with you to advertise their sessions. It is strongly encouraged to attend a meeting with your assigned Peer Advisor. If you are not able to find a time to meet with your assigned Peer Advisor given their availability, please email Olivia Figueira at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will find another Peer Advisor within your major to meet with you.
During these sessions, Peer Advisors will assist students in identifying courses for their fall schedule. Upon completion of a session, Peer Advisors will share the completed advising form with your faculty advisor in preparation for your meeting with them. Please begin contacting your faculty advisor in the next couple weeks to arrange an appointment taking place after your advising session. Your assigned faculty advisor can be found on eCampus.
Peer Advising Events
Be on the lookout for information about several events each quarter tailored towards first-year and new transfer students hosted by Peer Advisors. Examples of typical events include:
- Academic Success Workshops
- Professional Development Workshops (research opportunities, career fair/resume prep)
- Social Events
- Study Abroad Info Sessions
Meet Our Engineering Peer Advisors!
Our peer advisors are returning undergraduate students representing many of the degree programs in the School of Engineering. Each Peer Advisor is currently an upper division student who is heavily involved at the School of Engineering, through research and student organizations. They are eager to assist our new students and share their knowledge of Santa Clara University academic requirements, campus resources, and engineering opportunities!
Hometown: Honolulu, HI
Involvements: Association for Computing Machinery Women's Chapter, Society of Women Engineers, Association for Computing Machinery, Frugal Innovation Hub, Software Engineering Intern at Liberty Mutual Insurance
Hometown: Los Altos, CA
Involvements: Association for Computing Machinery, Internship at Wynd Technologies Inc.
Hometown: Granite Bay, CA
Involvements: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Solar Regatta Team, Society of Women Engineers, Waste-To-Fuel Research for Technology Crest Corporation, SCU Sustainability Guide, Gap Year in Latvia
Hometown: Austin, TX
Involvements: University Honors Program, Orientation Leader, Women's Crew, Solar Regatta, Club Ultimate Frisbee
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Involvements: Association for Computing Machinery Women's Chapter, Intramural Soccer
Hometown: Napa, CA
Involvements: American Society of Civil Engineers, University Honors Program, Camp Kesem, Orientation Leader
Hometown: Boston, MA
Involvements: American Society of Mechanical Engineers, University Honors Program, Intramural Soccer, and Intern at Northrop Grumman
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Involvements: National Society of Black Engineers, Orientation Leader, Engineers Without Borders, LEAD Scholars Program
Minors: Mathematics and Economics
Hometown: Campbell, CA
Involvements: Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Security & Privacy Research Intern at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Human-Computer Interaction Research Intern at the University of Washington, University Honors Program, Frugal Innovation Hub, Association for Computing Machinery Women's Chapter, Society of Women Engineers
Hometown: San Rafael, CA
Involvements: Protein Engineering Research, Research Intern at JOINN Biologics, Christian Life Community, Biomedical Engineering Society, Society of Women Engineers, Head Team Advisor for National Student Leadership Biotechnology Conference
Hometown: Portland, OR
Involvements: American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, GIRLSTART Teacher, ESS Tech Research & Development Intern