Chevron Phillips Scholar-Mentor Program, School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering, University of Oklahoma, Norman
Dean Rufeisen, a Norman senior in chemical, biological and materials engineering at the University of Oklahoma, has been named the outstanding mentor for the Chevron Phillips Scholar-Mentor Program. The program is designed to help support and retain OU chemical engineering students during their sophomore year when course content can become very challenging.
Rufeisen, who has been a program mentor for two years, was selected because of his commitment to grow and develop as a mentor and because of his impact on fellow students, said Undergraduate Programs Coordinator Madena McGinnis.
“Dean has guided so many students in their outlook and ability to gain understanding to succeed in their studies through his knowledge and hands-on experience,” she said. “He loves motivating and strengthening a mentee’s capability so it’s easy for a mentee to absorb and strive for the best.”
Rufeisen has helped coordinate and host social events for program mentees and has a gift for making everyone feel they are part of the group. He also has provided exemplary leadership to fellow mentors in the program by sharing his mentoring and tutoring techniques. At the end of the semester, when sophomores complete a survey about the mentor program, many commented that they were thankful for Rufeisen’s assistance.
Professor Edgar O’Rear, who utilized mentors in his sophomore class to help sessions and homework and exam grading, commented that Rufeisen stands out because of his initiative and in taking charge. McGinnis, who monitors mentor tutoring hours and activities, praised Rufeisen for pursuing excellence in all he does.
“You can see his genuine concern that each mentee leaves a tutoring session with a sense of sharpened skills to prepare them for class and their career as an engineer,” McGinnis said.
About the Program: The Chevron Phillips Scholar-Mentor Program is a peer mentoring and tutoring program that matches upperclassmen with sophomore chemical engineering students. Mentors are selected based on leadership, technical and communication skills, as well as faculty recommendations. Mentors provide social, academic and career support to help younger students be successful.