Supplemental Instruction (SI)

Our key role is to provide peer-facilitated sessions for students enrolled in large, historically difficult, engineering courses. During these sessions, students utilize active learning strategies to help students better understand the material. For more information on Supplemental Instruction, visit SI website.

Frequently Asked Questions

What engineering courses usually have SIs?

Many sophomore level engineering courses that are historically difficult, meaning they have a high D, F, W rate, will have SIs. You can see a list of the courses currently offering SIs by clicking on the following link: https://step.eng.lsu.edu/peermentors/supplemental

What is the time requirements of being an SI?

SIs usually work 10– 15 hours per week. These hours include attending lectures, developing lesson plans, holding sessions twice a week, meeting with professors, meeting with the coordinator, and holding office hours twice a week.

What is the difference between an Engineering SI and a TA?

An Engineering SI is a student who has recently taken and passed the course in question. The Engineering SI is different from a TA because they do not grade any work performed in the class.

Is attending Engineering SI sessions really worth my time? What are the benefits?

Attending Engineering SI sessions allows you the opportunity to learn with your peers and have the information covered by someone who thinks like a student. By going to Engineering SI session regularly we have found that students tend to have a 25% higher chance of passing the course than their peers.

How do I become an SI?

Contact Adrienne Steele (alopez@lsu.edu) to learn more about becoming an SI.

SI Coordinator

James Gegenheimer

James Gegenheimer is now a MSME Candidate in Mechanical Engineering at LSU.
James was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and grew up south of New Orleans in Braithwaite. He began his bachelor’s degree in 2011 and graduated in May 2016. He is now pursuing his master’s degree and will graduate in May 2017. James has worked with the College of Engineering and STEP program as a Supplemental Instructor of Thermodynamics from 2013-2016 while an undergraduate.
James is also a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. After finishing his master’s degree, he will begin his service and will be stationed at Hill AFB in Salt Lake City, Utah. James will serve as a developmental engineer and hopes to work with weapons research.
James is currently working on studying the hydrodynamic behavior of small sized conical spouted beds. Main topics of this research involve finding the stable operating pressure and minimum velocity needed to produce spouting.