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Are you interested in becoming a Peer Mentor? Now hiring 2024-2025 BESTies!

Are you interested in becoming a Peer Mentor?  The Biology Undergrad Learning Community (BEST) is now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 Academic Year!

Job Description:

A BEST peer mentor is a student staff member who provides leadership and direction to students in the Biology Education Success Teams (BEST) Learning Community.  BEST is a Fall-semester program intended to facilitate a successful transition into the university setting by providing by academic and social support to incoming first-year students in the Biology major.  The BEST peer mentor will serve as source of support and encouragement to students and will assist in the transition to college life. 


For consideration, candidates must possess the following qualifications: 

  • Biology major with sophomore or junior status by Fall 2024 
  • Students with senior status by Fall 2024 will not be considered for this position 
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.50 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills 
  • Knowledge of the major, including opportunities and degree requirements 
  • Positive attitude 
  • Responsibility and self-motivation 
  • Successful completion of BIOL 211 & 211L and CHEM 163 & 163L or CHEM 177 & 177L 
  • Must be available to attend Peer Mentor training in August prior to the start of the Fall 2024 semester 
  • Must be available to attend weekly Peer Mentor meetings during the Fall 2024 semester 


Peer mentors for the BEST learning community will have the following responsibilities: 

  • Coordinate a minimum of one workshop or event for the program participants per semester 
  • Provide information about the learning community to members via email and class announcements 
  • Help students become familiar with university resources; refer students to appropriate university resources as the need arises 
  • Co-lead two small group BIOL 110 orientation class recitation sections weekly for the first half of the Fall 2024 semester 
  • Attend a weekly meeting with learning community staff 
  • Meet one-on-one with each mentee (~20) during the first 8 weeks of Fall 2024 
  • Assist learning community coordinator in planning events, field trips, and/or site visits  
  • Participate in service-learning projects and social/team-building events with the learning community 
  • Participate in training the week prior to the start of the Fall 2024 semester and throughout the semester as required  


Peer mentors will receive compensation at a rate of at least $12.00 per hour and will work approximately 4-6 hours per week during the first half of the semester.  Various work hours may be available during the second half of the semester. 


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