What is the Student Academic Mentor (SAM) programme?
The Student Academic Mentor (SAM) programme matches second- and third-year undergraduate mentors with students from the same department who’d like a mentor. SAM is a student-to-student mentoring model, designed by students, for students. The idea for the programme first came from two undergraduate students in Economics, who wanted to help first years meet some people in the department and get off to a good start with their studies.
Why be a mentor?
You have first-hand experience of the challenges of getting used to studying at university, and particularly in your department. As a student academic mentor, you’ll be able to help others learn their way around and make the most of their time at LSE.
If you don’t have much leadership experience, don’t worry. You’ll get plenty of training and support with all the skills you’ll need to be a good mentor: listening and speaking well, being organised, and connecting with others.
What’s more, you’ll receive formal recognition for your contribution – a Continuing Professional Development certificate, certified by CPDUK.
Think you could benefit from having a mentor?
Your fellow students in your department have valuable knowledge and experience they want to share. They’ve had good times and tough times – and have made it through to tell their story! So why not connect with someone you can talk to who can answer your questions and give you tips on things ranging from getting ready for exams to managing your time, from choosing courses to saving money, and of course, the best places to eat around campus.
Want to know more about SAM?
The SAM programme is helping students in 12 LSE departments (Accounting, Anthropology, Economics, Economic History, Government, International Relations, Management, Mathematics, Philosophy, Social Policy, Sociology and Statistics). Whether you’re a student or staff member, if you’re interested in how you can be involved in student academic mentoring, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your department is listed above, and you’d like to have a mentor, apply via our online form.
Management students: please note that applications have now closed for your department. If you have any questions please contact your departmental administrator.
If you’re interested in mentoring but your department is not listed above, talk with your Academic Mentor, your Departmental Manager, Undergraduate Administrator, or someone else in your department. There may be other interesting opportunities to pursue (e.g. Law students should ask details about the Law mentoring scheme).
We’ll be recruiting mentors for the 2020-21 academic year in early 2020!