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Mentorship Alliance for Student Success (MASS) Program

Welcome to the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) Mentorship Alliance for Student Success (MASS) Program! College is a big transition for many first-year freshmen, and the rigor of being a STEM major can make it even more overwhelming. The program is made up of volunteer peer mentors, who play a vital role in providing first-year freshmen support with college navigation and knowledge of campus resources. In addition, peer mentors help the first-year freshmen connect, both academically and socially, to the university in order to successfully reach degree completion. We are hopeful that this support will have a long-lasting influence beyond the students' experience at Fresno State. 

Mission Statement

The Fresno State College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) Mentorship Alliance for Student Success (MASS) Program will serve as an integral part of the college designed to promote student success and STEM retention by providing first-year freshmen with exclusive peer support that will enhance their academic development. 


Benefits of being a MASS Peer Mentor

  • Form connections with campus community 
  • Make an impact on freshman's academic success
  • Develop transferable, professional skills
  • Obtain community service hours
  • Potential references and letters of recommendation


We are pleased that you are interested in becoming a volunteer MASS Peer Mentor to support our first-year freshmen within the College of Science and Mathematics. Unfortunately, our application is closed. Should you be interested in applying in the future, we encourage you to check back or reach out to us.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at csm_mass@mail.fresnostate.edu.

MASS Coordinator

The MASS Program is currently PAUSED.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to email Dr. Jaime Arvizu at jaimea@csufresno.edu.

Dr. Jaime Arvizu

Dr. Jaime Arvizu 

Q1: How long is this commitment?

A1: A MASS Peer Mentor is expected to commit for one academic year (Fall & Spring)

Q2: How many students will I be assigned?

A2: A MASS Peer Mentor will be assigned a caseload of 6-10 mentees.   

Q3: How many hours are required of me? 

A3: The hours depend on the time it takes for each mentor to complete their requirements. There is a minimum requirement of attending a training at the beginning of each semester, monthly group meetings, meeting with each of your mentees, & submitting appropriate documentation throughout the semesters, and an end of semester meeting with a MASS supervisor or lead.

Q4: Will I be mentoring a student from my major?

A4: A MASS Peer Mentor is assigned to students from the different disciplines in the College of Science and Mathematics.

Q5: How could this help me grow professionally?

A5: There are many professional skills that you can gain from this program. You will learn skills in communication (oral and written), case load management, academic coaching, advocacy, and more.

Q6: Is this a paid position?

A6: No. A MASS Peer Mentor is a volunteer position that students can earn community service hours for.