Academic advisors Jenny Gibbs and Shannon Grundmeier have been honored as exemplary peer mentor supervisors for their work in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. They were recognized, along with other university staff members, in a recent ceremony.
The exemplary service awards provide an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to express appreciation for mentors who set positive examples for students and support the academic goals of Iowa State University. Mentors who are nominated have demonstrated excellence in one or all of the following areas: Programming; team building; interpersonal interaction; leadership; academic assistance; classroom presentations; and tutoring. Peer mentor supervisors assist students who have been chosen to work with their contemporaries to offer peer support as part of the university’s learning communities.
Gibbs and Grundmeier were nominated by Chemical Engineering seniors Grady Hugunin and Eli Reiser.
Gibbs joined the CBE staff in 2013 after obtaining an M.S. in post-secondary education and student affairs at the University of Northern Iowa. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UNI.
Grundmeier, who is now an advisor in the College of Business, began work with Chemical and Biological Engineering in 2011 after working in the Iowa State University Financial Aid Office as a student peer mentor, graduate assistant and an aid advisor. She earned dual bachelor’s degrees in management and psychology from Iowa State in 2007 and obtained a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies from Iowa State in May 2009.