This Office of Naval Research project provides an environment for University of Arizona student veterans to serve as mentors to Reserve Officer Training Corps (R.O.T.C.) students. Student Veterans, from all branches of the military, have volunteered to take part as mentors, to R.O.T.C. students in this project. This team of Student Veterans works closely with students in RNR140 and RNR142 to help provide context, advise and answer any questions students may have related to academics, the military or workforce. R.O.T.C. students will gain a deeper knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (G.I.S) and how they can utilize it. Student veterans are able to tie their military experiences and the course material together in order to create a contextualized understanding.
The mentors also ensure their mentees are doing just as good outside of the classroom as they are inside. They arrange weekly meetups and go over anything that might be troubling them both academically or personally. The student veteran provides a unique perspective, being able to mentor on both the qualities of a military leader and also provide successful strategies for being a student. This team made up of student veterans and industry professionals. They help relate what is learned in the STEM classroom to National Defense applications.
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