The Excel! Research Scholars Program is an academic enrichment program that prepares undergraduate students who are first-generation and/or low-income and/or underrepresented in research-based, graduate school programs for graduate school admission and success in their programs. Excel! uses a living and learning community and cohort style approach to teaching students by working with students collectively and individually to provide effective and tailored mentorship designed to help each student successfully prepare for the next steps in their education process.
The Linkages Mentor Program began in 2007 and serves as a formal peer mentoring initiative designed to support the retention of underrepresented students (students of color, first-generation students, and students demonstrating significant financial need) at the University of St. Thomas. Upperclass student mentors serve as a resource to help first year students successfully transition from high school to college. By participating in this program, students will have an opportunity to meet new people, network and build relationships with UST faculty and staff. Throughout the year, students will participate in a variety of student success workshops, attend social activities and engage in interactive community outreach activities.