Peer mentoring for undergraduates in a research-focused diversity initiative


  • Thomas E. Keller Portland State University
  • Kay Logan Portland State University
  • Jennifer Lindwall Portland State University
  • Caitlyn Beals Portland State University



Peer mentoring, diversity, research training


To provide multi-dimensional support for undergraduates from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds who aspire to careers in research, the BUILD EXITO project, part of a major NIH-funded diversity initiative, matches each scholar with three mentors: peer mentor (advanced student), career mentor (faculty adviser), and research mentor (research project supervisor). After describing the aims of the diversity initiative, the institutional context of the BUILD EXITO project, and the training program model, this article devotes special attention to the rationale for and implementation of the peer mentoring component within the context of the multi-faceted mentoring model.

Author Biographies

Thomas E. Keller, Portland State University

Thomas E. Keller is the Duncan & Cindy Campbell Professor in the School of Social Work at Portland State University. He also is the Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Mentoring Research and the Co-Principal Investigator for the BUILD EXITO project.

Kay Logan, Portland State University

Kay Logan is the Coordinator of the Center for Interdisciplinary Mentoring Research and the Coordinator for the mentoring programs in the BUILD EXITO project.

Jennifer Lindwall, Portland State University

Jennifer Lindwall is the Communications Director for the BUILD EXITO project and a doctoral student in Applied Psychology at Portland State University.

Caitlyn Beals, Portland State University

Caitlyn Beals is a Program Coordinator for the BUILD EXITO project who supports the mentoring program.


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