English Peer Mentorship Program

English Peer Mentorship Program (EPMP)

The English Peer Mentorship Program (EPMP) in the Department of Language, Literature and Cultural Studies promotes a nonjudgmental, one-to-one relationship between a former English 101 and/or 102 student (mentor) and a current student (mentee) enrolled in English 101 or 102. The mentor serves as a positive role model who provides guidance and academic support through the writing process to the mentee. Both the mentor and mentee will meet on a regular basis and work together to establish learning goals for the semester. During meetings, participants in the program will work towards attainment of those goals, discuss the mentee's writing projects, and explore ways to navigate through the challenges of college learning in face-to-face, remote, or hybrid settings. 

Enrollment in the program includes opportunities for extra credit. The chart below details how many percentage points can be added to your weighted total (final grade) at the end of the semester based on your participation. Students with meaningful and consistent participation can earn upto 8 extra credit points on their final course grade. For example, if a student meets with a mentor 12 times over at least 8 weeks of the semester, the student can earn 8 points; if this student had earned a 73% in the course, the EPMP extra credit in this case would result in a final grade of 81%. However, if a student met 12 times with a mentor, but only over 5 weeks, this would only result in 4 points being added to the course grade, moving a 73% to a 77%.

Number of EPMP Meetings

Number of Weeks with EPMP Meetings

Points Added to Weighted Total
(Final Grade)


  8 weeks or more

8 Points


  6-7 weeks

6 Points


 4-5 weeks

4 Points


 2-3 weeks

2 Points


To apply for this program, please submit your information through this student application link. Faculty, staff, and coaches can support a student's application through the BSU employee recommend-a-student link. Limited spots are available. Priority will be given to applications submitted early in the semester. Please email the Writing Center at WritingCenter@Bowiestate.edu or call  301-860-3720 with any questions.