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Peer Support for Success

A mentor can help you along your college journey and support your academic and personal development. Mentoring relationships can be both formal (like participating in one of the programs below!) or informal (like connecting with a specific teaching assistant or classmate). Mentorship is helpful for all students. And transfer students specifically benefit from connecting with a peer who can help them navigate the transition to UMBC from personal experience. Here are some of the many mentorship opportunities available at UMBC that are specific to transfer students!

The T-A-U sigma logoTau Sigma offers recognition through membership in a prestigious national honor society specifically for transfer students. Membership in Tau Sigma provides a common bond among transfer students, opening a door to numerous networking and friendship opportunities.

large group of people posed for group photoThe EMPOWER program is currently on a hiatus. In the meantime, interested students can participate in SistaCare. SistaCare is a self-care and a community-building group that centers undergraduate and graduate students who identify as Black/Africana women (e.g. transgender, cisgender) and femmes, regardless of their gender expression.

A young undergraduate tutoring another student in a classroom environmentThe Transfer Engagement and Achievement Mentoring (T.E.A.M.) program is open to people of all backgrounds who are dedicated to increasing the persistence and retention of Black Male transfer students at UMBC through a renewed sense of self and the development and utilization of leadership skills that will lead to personal and academic achievement.

PeerSIST is a new program within the IS Department in collaboration with The Center for Women in Technology (CWIT) at UMBC, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The program aims to support new IS Transfer students through:

  • Mentorship and Peer Support
  • Events geared towards academic success & professional development
  • Community building activities

Dean's List Post Card Spring 2017The Transfer Scholars in Information Technology and Engineering (T-SITE) program began in March of 2012. Funded by a second award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), this need-based scholarship supports new transfers students with scholarships of up to $8,000 per year based on financial eligibility on the FAFSA. Transfer Scholars also receive academic support through a variety of CWIT programs and services.

Through UMBC’s Black Student Success Initiative Grant, the UIA STARS (Students Transferring and Redefining Success) Program is a NEW scholarship program available to entering transfer students. The program is open to incoming transfer students of all backgrounds who plan to pursue a degree in science, technology, engineering or math and who are interested in the advancement of Black, male, transfer students in those fields. The cohort-based program provides high-impact academic enrichment opportunities (seminars, mentoring, tutoring, etc.) that encourage scholars to maximize their honors university experience while making timely progress to degree completion.

UIA STARS Scholarship Program recipients will receive a $1,000 scholarship ($500 per semester) for their first year at UMBC.

Visit the STARS website