Peer mentors are an integral part of the USTEP program. Peer mentors provide insight, guidance and support to fellow participants. Their past experience and success allows them to work closely with other students helping them navigate the program and reach their full potential. Along with program support, peer mentor relationships can extend to offering assistance in dealing positively with faculty and staff, finding external internships, compiling application materials and reviewing coursework. A quality mentor works diligently to ensure the success of their student through engaged communication and mutual respect. In addition, the mentor benefits from gaining valuable skills in listening, advising, collaboration and problem solving.