The mission of the STEM Peer Mentor Program is to promote student success through collaborative involvement with fellow students and the STEM/SRI program team. With the encouragement and support of peer mentors, current STEM students will increase their engagement with colleagues and campus resources while gaining a clearer understanding of their learning needs.


Students in the STEM/SRI Program are required to meet with a Peer Mentor twice each semester (Fall and Spring). Meetings with Mentors can be done through one-on-one sessions in the STEM Lab (Drescher 302) and/or by attending a mentor-led 30-minute workshop. Schedules for the Fall workshops will be coming soon!​ 

If you have any questions or require more information, contact the STEM office at stem@smc.edu

 Fall 2018 Peer Mentoring Workshops Calendar​

Meet the Peer Mentors


Monica Campos

Major: Biochemistry

I had the chance to participate in the UCLA/SMC SRI program where I interned at the MacDonald Medical Research Laboratory. Having the opportunity to work in a research lab last year gave me an insight on how research labs work and it also showed me how to take more efficient notes. As of right now, I am a Care Extend er at UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and volunteer at Michelson Found Animals in Culver City in my free time. I've also been lucky enough to receive the J. Stanley Brode Memorial Scholarship Award, Crawford's Coronettes Memorial, and Harry Markowitz Memorial scholarship. 


Eman Williams-Smith

Major: Electrical Engineering

Hello, my name is Emmanuel Williams-Smith, but everyone just calls me Eman. In fall 2018 I will be starting my 3rd year at SMC. I am majoring in electrical engineering because in the future I want to work with solar energy. I was raised in South Central Los Angeles where I developed a love for technology by messing around with the public library computers, reading and watching Sci-fi themed books and movies. While at Santa Monica college I have participated in plenty of summer programs at Ucla and LMU. At lmu I was able to complete a research program on self driving vehicles. One day I will start my own tech company that will help improve the world, and it will also be better than Apple, Tesla, Google, and Samsung. 


Kai Chapman

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hello! My name is Kai Chapman and I am studying to become a Mechanical Engineer.  First and foremost, I am a new dad to twins, and find that I learn just as much at home as I do in class.  It has been quite an adjustment as far as time/stress/expectations management goes, and I look forward to imparting any and all useful information to those need!  In my experience so far, I can say without a doubt that getting through STEM courses requires an incredible amount of resources, energy, and support.  I know that if I hadn't met people in this STEM program, I would not have found the success I needed.  I so look forward to passing on the energy, support, and general good vibes!

Mariana Cropped.jpgMariana Santos

Major: Neuroscience

Hey! My name is Mariana. Education, feminism and public health are the things I'm most passionate about. In 2017 I got an internship with Caltech/Base 11 called AMP (Aerospace Mentorship Program), back when my major was Aerospace Engineering. I recently returned from Uganda where I was volunteering in a childcare/medical program. Last spring I volunteered at FMF (Feminist Majority Foundation) where I worked with the head of fact-checking department of "Miss" magazine. I am focused and driven about helping others achieve their goals. 


Jesse Torres

Major: Aerospace Engineering 

Hello everyone. I was born and raised in Los Angeles and I am part of Cohort 4 of the STEM/SRI program.  Some of my interests include interstellar travel, ion propulsion, orbital mechanics, and time travel. I love to take pictures of the sky and I'm very into old school hip hop and many different genres of music. In my STEM experience, I had the awesome opportunity to take part of an educational internship called Jet Propulsion Laboratory Undergraduate Scholars(JPLUS), in which I had the opportunity to meet engineers and scientist of different backgrounds and disciplines. During the summer of 2017, I was part of the STEM Summer Research Initiative (SRI). I conducted research in Applied Mathematics at UCLA in a subject called Myco-fluidics, which is fungal biology and fluid dynamics. This was an unforgettable experience and I am currently still doing research in this laboratory. I am very good at building networks and I have a strong sense of urgency which has in turn helped me with my time management skills. Some of my hobbies are skating, music, driving, hiking, photography, and six flags!


Hannah Sapinoso

​​​Major: Biology

Hi! My name is Hannah. I'm a second-year biology major who is working towards becoming a surgeon in the future and applying for transfer this Fall. Outside of school, I am a volunteer at Michelson Found Animals Adopt & Shop, and a TCAB volunteer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. I like rollercoasters, binge-watching, and discovering new music from other people. I'd love to get to know you, so feel free to approach me anytime!


Evan Santiago

Major: Engineering

Hey there folks!!! My name is Evan, and I am mostly known for my enthusiasm, high energy, and love for all things nerdy (and pie..I LOVE pie). Before becoming an engineering student here at SMC, I attended/graduated from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business and led the finance team of a health food start-up called Back to the Roots, in addition to private consulting in product development (and a volunteer firefighters, 'cause why not?).

Education and helping students is an extremely important part of my life, and I participate in many organizations/programs aimed at mentoring and assisting students both here at SMC and through UC Berkeley.

I'd love to learn about you and what makes you tick, so please come visit me!

Alyssa cropped.jpgAlly Togle

Major: Chemistry

Hey all! My name is Alyssa, but I prefer Ally. I am a chemistry major and a future med student. I am a current intern at UCLA, where I shadow/assist doctors while observing procedures in the ER. I love discussing anything and having in depth conversations. If you need help or anyone to talk to, I am here for you.​

David Blake

Major: Environmental Science

Hey there I'm David, I'm an environmental science major and this Fall 2018 semester marks my third year here at SMC. I'm 26 years old and moved to Los Angles 8 years ago from Cincinnati, Ohio. My main interests are: traveling, playing at open mics, volunteering, and furthering my education. I started out at SMC as a music major and, after experimenting with different classes, decided to change my college path and pursue my interest in science. I absolutely love SMC and have taken advantage of various opportunities since I've been here. Not only opportunities related to my major, like becoming an SI leader and participating in the UCLA/SMC summer research program, but also opportunities not related to my major, such as taking classes to become a certified lifeguard and studying abroad in South Africa. So I am a big supporter of getting outside of your comfort zone and trying new things! I am excited to be a peer mentor because I know what it's like to struggle with being a STEM major and being unsure about the future, we've all been there. I want to be there for my fellow STEM majors by assisting and encouraging them anyway I can, whether by helping with a math problem, discussing the best ways to study for an exam, or just to talk about life. I consider myself to be super down-to-earth and you should feel free to approach me about anything.​


Carlos Santiago

Major:  Chemistry

Hello! My name is Carlos. I am a first generation college student born in Mexico (DREAMer). I was a member of the Santa Monica College Cross Country and Track & Field team before switching over to the STEM/SRI team. I am a former Center for Community College Program (CCCP) scholar. During the summer of 2015, I participated in UCLA's CCCP SITE program. A year later I became a STEM skills week tutor before becoming a tutor in the STEM lab. I am also a former Chem Boot Camp tutor where I assisted Chemistry instructors during their supplementary lectures. This past spring, I had the opportunity to assist Professor Tram with her Engineering 1 class. During this past summer, I participated in STEM's Summer Research Initiative (SRI) program which gave me the opportunity to conduct research at UCLA's Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. I joined Dr. Jose Rodriguez Bio-Architecture group and my summer research project focused on solving the atomic structures of filament-forming segments from ice nucleating proteins. Currently, I am a tutor in the STEM lab and continue to do research with Dr. Jose Rodriguez. Outside of STEM, I have been involved with the I.D.E.A.S at SMC club in efforts to provide a safe environment for the undocumented AB540 community on campus.  Some of my hobbies include recreational running/hiking, watchin g movies, and playing sports.  I enjoy networking with people, getting involved, and helping others.