Advance Professional Growth

Peer Mentoring

Meet the 2021-22 Peer Network Team

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” - African Proverb
Jacob Antony

Jacob Antony

jacob.antony@wsu.edu

Graduate Student, SMB

Advisor: Dr. Wyrick

Elizabeth Borghesan

Elizabeth Borghesan

elizabeth.m.campbel@wsu.edu

PhD Student, IID

Advisor: Dr. Jean Celli

Pique Choi

Pique Choi

pique.choi@wsu.edu

PhD Student, IPN

Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Appleyard

Sedelia Dominguez

Sedelia Dominguez

sedelia.dominguez@wsu.edu

Graduate Student, SMB

Advisor: Dr. Tom Kawula

Emily Harris

Emily Harris

emily.harris3@wsu.edu

Graduate Student, SMB

Advisor: Dr. Wipawee "Joy" Winuthayanon

Cody Lauritsen

Cody Lauritsen

cody.lauritsen@wsu.edu

Graduate Student, SMB

Advisor: Dr. Michael Konkel

Benjamin Morledge-Hampton

Benjamin Morledge-Hampton

b.morledge-hampton@wsu.edu

Graduate Student

Advisor: Dr. John Wyrick

Ravikiran Murthy

Ravikiran Murthy

r.keshavamurthy@wsu.edu

PhD Student, IID

Advisor: Dr. Lauren Charles

Chelsea Osbron

Chelsea Osbron

chelsea.osbron@wsu.edu

Graduate Student

Advisor: Dr. Alan Goodman

Rubikah Vimonish

Rubikah Vimonish

r.kirubananthan@wsu.edu

PhD Student, IID

Advisor: Dr. Massaro Ueti


Objectives of the Program

In response to feedback and data provided by current biomedical graduate students, iPBS has created its first ever Peer Network, which aims to benefit both mentees and mentors.  The iPBS Peer Network is designed to help mentees and mentors build a network of resources, develop a sense of belonging, engage in academic coursework and scientific research, and participate in other high-impact practices that support long-term student success.

As current graduate students who have recently gone through at least some of their biomedical graduate student experience, it’s undeniable that they have valuable insight helpful to first- and second-year students. Because of this, the iPBS Peer Network Mentor program will connect transitioning students with a current, senior-level student who has relatable experiences so the mentor can provide additional support.

Objectives and benefits of the Peer Network include, but are not limited to, the following pieces for mentees AND mentors:

  • Provide additional opportunities to connect and network
  • Foster a sense of belonging
  • Increase retention
  • Support long-term success
  • Nurture a culture that values diversity, equity, inclusion and cohesion
  • Allows for reverse mentoring
  • Intentionally cultivate a welcoming environment
  • Aid in recruitment of diverse applicants
  • Boost communication skills
  • Strengthen the support, advice and a sense of value that a student may or may not get from faculty or staff.
  • Assist in mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Develop a network of peer support, as well as faculty and staff support
  • Transform the student experience
  • Build professional and leadership qualities
  • Increase the level of competitiveness in terms of employment, awards, scholarships
  • Encourage the culture of iPBS family and support as an informal umbrella program in CVM Graduate Education

Expectations and Roles of a Mentor


  • Develop and maintain relationships with, and provide assistance and support for, first- and second-year iPBS students/mentees. Take a genuine interest in them as a student, scientist, and community member.
  • Serve as a resource for iPBS mentees to help students navigate their first and second years of graduate school by using the iPBS mentoring resource guide provided, as well as their own student experiences. 
  • Recognize that each mentee is different and will have different needs of support. Individualize each mentor/mentee relationship and note that mentee engagement in this program will look different for each student.
  • Serve as a positive academic and scientific role model.
  • Initiate one-on-one meetings with each mentee at least once a month.
  • Record the main points of mentee interactions and submit monthly summary reports to iPBS Manager, Anita Peralta. Note: These are meant to be very general.
  • Meet with Anita on a bimonthly basis and discuss progress, wellbeing, and any student concerns during this time.
  • Conduct mentee group meetings/socials once a semester, facilitate communication between students and offer team building activities. Group meetings/socials should last ~1.5 hours to give mentees plenty of time to connect with one another.
  • Know their own strengths and learn their mentees strengths. Grow talents together.
  • Promote, create and sustain an inclusive community by recognizing diversity and equity as essential roles in achieving excellent. Accept mentees of all identities and backgrounds.
  • Communicate, even when mentees don’t respond. Remind them that mentors are there. 
  • Connect student mentees to others in the college and university to encourage networking and social belonging.
  • Follow strict confidentiality and adherence to FERPA rules.
  • Participate in training, programs, activities and attend individual and group meetings. 
  • Show mentees how to find the answer themselves. Walk alongside them as they navigate problem-solving.