Will you be a sophomore, junior, or senior IUPUC student during the fall 2016 semester? Would you like to help new, incoming students taking a first-year seminar (FYS) course be academically successful? Consider becoming a peer mentor! If selected, you will receive a $700 scholarship for the fall 2016 semester and be eligible to continue during the spring 2017 semester.
What is a Peer Mentor?
Serving as a peer mentor is a great leadership opportunity that will help you build lifelong skills, like effective communication, collaborative teamwork, group facilitation, and establishing positive relationships. If you become a mentor, you will collaborate with an instructor to co-teach a FYS course. Your participation is a good resume-builder that will help make you marketable among future employers.
Peer mentor positions require about three to five hours per week for the fall 2016 semester. There is also an opportunity to participate during the spring semester (pending availability of FYS sections).
If you are chosen to be a peer mentor, you will demonstrate the ability to:
- Serve as an appropriate role model for new students, both inside and outside the classroom. You maintain academic eligibility, make responsible decisions, and build professional relationships. In addition, you fully participate in class discussions and activities by attending scheduled classes, being prepared before classes begin, adhering to university policies, and maintaining a positive attitude.
- Be an approachable resource for students by being familiar with campus policies, events, activities, and services (making appropriate referrals when necessary). You support new students by helping them build good relationships with instructors. You are a good listener who is sensitive to the personal nature of what new students may share about themselves or challenges they are facing. You keep personal information strictly confidential.
- Facilitate learning for your students by building a community, contributing ideas for assignments and activities, and leading class discussions. You seek to create fun, engaging, and challenging learning environments, focusing on students as individuals by knowing their names and backgrounds. You are aware of and attentive to issues of diversity and multiculturalism within the seminar group.
Fall 2016 Applications
Applications for fall 2016 will be available November 30 and will be due February 1, 2016. The application is submitted online and can be accessed here.
Here is the approximate timeline for selecting fall mentors:
- February 1: Application submission deadline
- Beginning February 2: Applicants will be notified by e-mail if they are selected for an interview
- February 15-19: Interviews will be held
- February 24: Mentors selected for the scholarship will be notified via e-mail
- April 8: E-mail notification of mentor matching with selected course
- April 15*: Meet and greet for instructors and peer mentors.
- May 12*: Spring training session
- August 12*: Fall training session
- August 21*: Pride Friday
- August 24: First day of classes
- Peer Mentor Meetings are held monthly throughout the fall semester
NOTE: Dates marked with an asterisk (*) are tentative and subject to change.