What is SMASH: Connect?

The SMASH:Connect Mentoring program matches SMASH alumni with STEM professionals in the Bay Area and beyond. The SMASH:Connect program is designed to support the academic, professional, and social development of SMASH alumni currently pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in the STEM fields at some of the nation’s most premiere colleges and universities. Through SMASH:Connect, mentors introduce their mentees to other STEM professionals, connect them to meaningful academic and professional STEM opportunities, and provide career development advice on wide range of topics.

Download the SMASH Alumni data sheet

SMASH:Connect Program Goals

Prepare students from underrepresented communities to be competitive for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) related fields

Provide individualized learning and professional experiences to develop self-efficacy, leadership and persistence strategies for students from underrepresented communities to succeed in STEM degree programs and careers

Facilitate partnerships with leading technology companies in which will lead to greater diversity in the wider tech ecosystem

Foster a sense of career-focused community among SMASH alumni

Meet the 2015 SMASH:Connect Mentors

Dr. Annette Angus
The California Alliance

Maira Benjamin

Gilbert Bernstein
Stanford Computer Science Department

Nikolas Block
UCSF Joint Medical Program

Alvaro Casanova
Center for Environmental Health

Erick Castellanos Gaither

Greg Comstock

Donnie DeBoer

Nicholas Enea
ET Healthcare

Thomas Gaither Castellanos
UCSF, Dept. of Urology

Bonita Gutierrez
Litigation Attorney

DJ Kast
USC Joint Educational Project

Keidaw Kobbah
State of California

Frieda McAlear

Nicole Moore
UCSF School of Medicine

Ashleigh Richelle

Zedrick Scott

Kiranbir Sodhi

Zee Spencer

Donald Sumbry

Peter Tan

Be a Mentor

The 2015 Application is now closed. Interested mentors and mentees should visit this page in Spring 2016 for more information. For other volunteer opportunities with LPFI, please sign up here.