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Undergraduate Genetics - Peer Mentor Application

"Genetics: The Secret of Life" 2013-14 Peer Mentors

General Position Information

  • A peer mentorship is a paid student position providing leadership to the “Genetics: The Secret of Life” Learning Community in order to improve learning and create a supportive academic community for our first-year and transfer students. The learning community is a year-long program.

  • Peer Mentors are role models for lower classmen and assist them in achieving the goals of the program, which include:

    • Student Development: Resourcefulness
      • Capacity to succeed in a diverse and challenging major.
      • Knowledge of the current and future impact of genetics.
      • Awareness of out-of-class opportunities.
    • Supportive Learning Environment:
      • Foster connections between students, peer mentors, staff, and faculty.
      • Build a safe environment for students to share their experiences and develop leadership skills.

Position Qualifications

    • Student must be a Genetics major with at least sophomore status in Fall 2013 and have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
    • A projected sophomore must have achieved a B or better in the following classes: BIOL 211 & 212, CHEM 177 & 178.
    • A projected junior or senior must have achieved a B or better in the following classes: BIOL 313 and CHEM 331 OR CHEM 332 and MATH 160/165/181 in addition to the requirements listed for sophomores.
    • Applicants must demonstrate evidence of leadership and interpersonal communication skills such as previous experience as a tutor, club officer, or peer mentor.
    • Student must be able to commit to spending approximately 4 hours per week in Fall and 3 hours per week in Spring.
    • Student must be able to attend Genetics 110 in Fall (Thursday, 2 p.m.)

Position Responsibilities

    • Training and accountability:
      • Participate in Peer Mentor Training the week prior to the beginning of fall semester (Monday August 19 and Tuesday, August 20, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.). This is required for new peer mentors. Returning peer mentors are also welcome to attend.
      • Attend peer mentor meetings with the coordinator (biweekly or monthly as scheduled).
    • In collaboration with the Learning Community Coordinator:
      • Participate in orientation sessions for incoming freshmen during the month of June, as available.
      • Organize and lead group study sessions in either Biology or Chemistry.
      • Attend and assist with Gen 110 Orientation Class activities on Thursdays at 2 p.m. (weekly, fall semester).
      • Provide assistance in planning and carrying out large group activities such as service learning, field trips and faculty-student interactive events (monthly).
      • Contribute to the learning community bulletin board and website.
    • Total time commitment:
      • Fall: 3-4 hours weekly
      • Spring: 2-3 hours weekly

    Application Process

    • Applications are closed for 2014-15 peer mentor positions. Check back in February 2015 for the next academic year.
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Application for Peer Mentor position

 

Applications were due Friday, March 7th, 2014 to Dr. Lois Girton, 103 Bessey Hall, or by e-mail.

 

Check back in February 2015 for the next academic year. If you have questions about peer mentorships, please contact Dr. Lois Girton (294-1606).