Peer Advising Program

The Peer Advising experience in the College of Science is an educational, hands‐on experience for exceptional College of Science students and is part of UA's 100% Engagement Initiative. Students that participate in Peer Advising gain organizational, leadership, mentoring, presentation, and teaching skills which they apply to graduate and professional programs, and to direct employment. Peer Advisors are enthusiatic learners and are passionate about student success!
Peer Advisors:

  • contribute to the retention efforts of STEM students in the College by assisting Academic Advisors in their support of students by engaging in activities with individual students, giving presentations, and leading small groups through specific topics such as academic skills and undergraduate research.
  • convey information about University policies, department opportunities, campus involvement, research and resources, academic success skills, as well as department expectations and procedures. 
  • create and deliver helpful workshops to fellow undergraduate students
  • may offer some tutoring in select subjects
  • aid advisors during priority registration and with other advising services
  • train to become effective communicators and mentors
  • offer peer support and perspective
  • serve as informational resources to students
  • may be assigned to a cohort of students depending on major or special interest
  • may assist wtih facilitating SCI 195a (Student Success Strategies)
  • are not responsible for any student’s academic program or degree requirements.

Students interested in becoming a Peer Advisor must complete meet eligibility requirements below, submit an online application form, and undergo a rigorous in-person interview with members of the College of Science Academic Advising team in order to be selected.
Contact: Robin Rarick, Director for Academic Advising and Student Services or Tharini Wijeweera, Academic Advisor Senior.
College of Science Peer Advisors:

  • Nathan Allen (fall 2014, spring 2015) Mathematics AND Political Science
  • Aramis Ayala (fall 2016, spring 2017, fall 2017) Molecular &Cellular Biology & Biochemistry
  • Jack Bass (fall 2014, spring 2015) Information Science & Technology/Arts
  • Noah Begley (fall 2014, spring 2015, fall 2015) Neuroscience & Cognitive Science
  • Mackenzie Blaile (fall 2014, spring 2015) Biology
  • Jenny Calahan (fall 2015, spring 2016, spring 2017, fall 2017) Astronomy AND Physics
  • Kendall Church (fall 2015, spring 2016) Speech, Language, & Hearing Science AND Neuroscience & Cognitive Science
  • Rebecca Determan (fall 2014, spring 2015) Neuroscience & Cognitive Science
  • Joe Graham (summer 2016,fall 2016) Psychology
  • Jessie Hogan (summer 2016, fall 2016) Speech, Language, and Hearing Science
  • Dylan Hutchison (fall 2014, spring 2015, fall 2015, spring 2016) Neuroscience & Cognitive Science AND Molecular & Cellular Biology
  • Sean Ji (fall 2014) Mathematics AND Business Management
  • Tazheh Kavoosi (fall 2014, spring 2015, fall 2015, spring 2016) Neuroscience & Cognitive Science
  • Adele Koutia (fall 2014, spring 2015, fall 2015) Neuroscience & Cognitive Science AND Physiology
  • Lindsay Kozono (fall 2016, spring 2017) Speech, Language and Hearing Science
  • Laura Kurtzberg (fall 2014, spring 2015, fall 2015, spring 2016) Information Science & Technology/Arts
  • Grant Osborn (fall 2016, spring 2017) Biology
  • Neal Patel (fall 2015, spring 2016, fall 2016, spring 2017, fall 2017) Biochemistry AND Molecular & Cellular Biology
  • Ingrid Peterson (fall 2014, spring 2015, fall 2015, spring 2016) Biology
  • Mary-Beth Roberts (fall 2014, spring 2015, fall 2015) Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Dina Schwartz (fall 2015, spring 2016) Biology
  • Dillon Walker (fall 2014, spring 2015, fall 2015, spring 2016) Information Science & Technology/Arts
  • Emily Wusterbarth (fall 2016, spring 2017, fall 2017) Molecular & Cellular Biology
  • Mutian Yan (fall 2016, spring 2017, fall 2017) Computer Science

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Currently enrolled in a College of Science major at least half-time. Must also be planning to enroll at least half-time for the academic year (Fall & Spring).
  • Must have completed at least 2 semesters at the UA before starting the program.
  • Students must have Sophomore, Junior or Senior class standing.
  • Students planning on graduating in the spring, studying abroad, or participating in the National Student Exchange will not be considered for academic year positions.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to relate to students from different backgrounds
  • Basic knowledge of University of Arizona policies, procedures and resources
  • Commitment to student success

* Preferred Qualifications: Research experience

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