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Student Mentor Program

SEAS Student Peer Advisory Network (SEASSPAN)

The School of Engineering and Applied Science Student Peer Advisory Network (SEASSPAN) is a student leadership organization comprised of approximately 30 carefully selected mentors who help incoming freshman transition to SEAS. The mentors come from various backgrounds and have unique interests that help to complement the diversity of the freshman class. They act as liaisons to the SEAS administration, are part of the SEAS Summer Orientation program, help to coordinate the New Student Getaway, and support the integration of the new students into the SEAS community. Additionally, the mentors assist new students in registering for classes and moving into their residence halls, help answer questions about SEAS, plan engaging programs throughout the year, and introduce new students to the GW campus.

SEASSPAN Executive Board

The SEASSPAN executive board for the 2016-2017 academic year is:

  • President: Philip Paulson
  • Vice President: Kate McNally
  • Secretary: Ellise Damschroder
  • Events Coordinator: Rachael Irwin
  • Sophomore Experience Coordinator - Marie-Laure Brossay


SEASSPAN is governed through its constitution, which outlines the purpose, mission, and protocols for the organization.  A copy of the constitution is available online. 


GW Pinpoint; Meet the Mentors

Whether you’re an incoming freshman or a transfer student, our SEAS Mentors are ready to meet you and help with your transition. Meet them here, before you meet them in person.   

New Student Getaway

The New Student Getaway is a uniquely-SEAS experience that all freshmen get to take part in.  It’s such a helpful and important part of most SEAS students’ time in college that we often hear graduating seniors recount their own New Student Getaway stories four years later.  Watch the video and find out why. 

Become a Mentor

Each year the SEAS Student Peer Advisory Network (SEASSPAN) recruits, selects, and trains new mentors for the upcoming year. The recruitment process, which includes the application and interview process, begins late in the fall semester and concludes by mid-March.

Please view the SEASSPAN eligibility requirements to apply to be a SEASSPAN mentor. If you would like to apply to be a mentor, please complete and return the SEASSPAN new mentor application.

Contact Us

If you have questions about SEASSPAN, please e-mail the SEASSPAN Executive Board at:

If you have questions about the New Student Getaway, please e-mail us at: