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College can be an adjustment. Wouldn’t it be great to have someone who has been there before support and guide you around the pitfalls, helping you reach your full potential? We thought so.

The research is out there. Studies have demonstrated the positive impact that mentoring has on academics. Students who have mentors during their first year of college perform better in their classes and are more likely to stay in school — and graduate. They’re also more involved, which helps them build connections and develop professionally.

Student success is important, which is why we created the COSMICScienceNet and Tigers on Call mentoring programs. Our mentors have been in your shoes, and are able to help you develop and excel. We want our students to finish what they started, and participating in a mentoring program can help you do that.


COSMIC is the College of Science Mentoring and Inclusion Collaborative. It is intended to support incoming students with their transition to Clemson by matching them with upperclassmen mentors who come from similar backgrounds and share similar interests. To find those upperclassmen, incoming freshmen and transfer students will complete a COSMIC mentee application that shares their experiences and their interests. The applications will then be matched with mentors based on the above-mentioned criteria. Mentors will help their mentees navigate college life by checking in, setting goals, answering questions and providing support. Any student admitted to the university as a College of Science major is eligible to apply; however, acceptance into the program is on a first-come, first-served basis. Expand the sections below and learn more about the opportunities COSMIC offers. 

We will begin accepting freshmen and transfer applicants in mid-to-late March. To enroll, a student must be willing to fully participate in the program and complete the goals and assignments. Mentees may be required to enroll in a mentoring course during their first semester at Clemson. There is no cost for this program, and students are highly encouraged to take advantage of this amazing opportunity.

By joining COSMIC, you will benefit from the experience of an upperclassman who has recently transitioned to college. Having a mentor will help you quickly adjust to your new role as a college student at Clemson with less frustration and more success. You will learn about opportunities for engagement and set goals for yourself, all while making new friends. Program applications can be accepted through early August; however, it is recommended that applications are submitted by May 15. Incoming students, be on the lookout for an email from COSMIC in March!

Change a life. Change your life. Become a mentor.

Share your personal experiences and words of wisdom to help a freshman student adapt to the new and foreign environment that is college. Develop your own leadership and communication skills and make connections by sharing your own ideas for the benefit of someone else.

Qualified applicants should:

    • Be actively pursuing a degree in a College of Science major
    • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
    • Be enrolled in at least six credit hours
    • Have completed at least 12 credit hours at Clemson

Mentors will be expected to check in with their mentees on a regular basis and help them set goals to achieve success in their first semester at Clemson. Mentors will also have goals and assignments to complete throughout the semester, including email messaging over the summer and taking a professional development course during the fall semester.

Apply to become a mentor

ScienceNet Alumni Mentoring

Landing a job or moving onto advanced study after your undergraduate years can be a challenge. First, you have to know what it is that you want to pursue in your future. Then, you have to gain experience in that field. Then, there are applications, recommendation letters, interviews, qualifying exams… and much more.

What if you could get a leg up by seeking advice from experienced professionals in your field of interest? ScienceNet Alumni Mentoring connects students with College of Science alumni to help them develop networking skills, explore careers, build résumés, get career advice and set professional goals.

To participate in ScienceNet, students fill out a profile form that will be used to match them with an alumni mentor based on mutual career interests. After assignments have been established, students will be expected to meet regularly with their alumni mentors. ScienceNet is open only to junior and senior College of Science students.

Tigers on Call Health Professions Mentoring

Tigers on Call is a mentoring program facilitated through Health Professions Advising, which connects current students to alumni and friends in health care. It is available to students of all majors who intend to pursue careers as physicians, physician assistants, dentists, pharmacists, physical therapists and occupational therapists. Students can connect with mentors to learn more about the various specialties within their fields of interest, as well as receive feedback on résumés, personal statements and other components of the admissions process.

More information on Tigers on Call will be available soon on the Tigers on Call website.

Find Out More


To find out more about College of Science mentoring programs, contact a program advisor.

Sharetta Bufford

COSMIC Coordinator


Adam Hunter
ScienceNet Coordinator
☏ 864-656-3288

Harolynn Williams 
Health Professions Advising
☏ 864-656-4154