Peer Assistance Leaders (PALs)

Peer Assistance Leaders (PALs) are 2nd, 3rd and 4th year women who volunteer to mentor first year, new transfer and international engineering women, helping the transition into the Cockrell School. Students are automatically matched to a PAL in their major.



  • serve as a resource, role model & friend
  • share academic, career & social experiences
  • contact/meet with their mentees regularly
  • help guide new students to resources & opportunities
  • make connections to student organizations

Current Student PAL Responsibilities

  • Attend the Student Leaders Conference & PAL Trainings
  • Complete the WEP Leadership Seminar course
  • Participate in WEP Welcome events & Chocolate Chats
  • Maintain regular contact with mentees & encourage regular communication
  • Meet individually with mentees & invite them to attend meetings/events/outings with you
  • Provide timely information regarding upcoming events and encourage mentees to attend WEP programs/events
  • Help with academic, career & social concerns
  • Refer to WEP Staff when necessary
  • Have fun!

PAL Application Requirements

All students applying to be a PAL must be in good academic standing as a degree seeking student in the Cockrell School.

Candidates must have at least second year standing and be enthusiastic about helping other students.

PALs that mentor first year students must enroll or have completed the WEP Leadership Seminar; transfer PALs must have entered UT as a transfer student; international PALs must have entered UT as an international student. 


Contact the Women in Engineering Program at or at 512-471-5650 for more information.