Peer mentors are undergraduate students who assist faculty and staff instructors in a section of FYS 101 for the fall and spring term. These campus leaders serve as role models, advisors, mentors, campus resource experts, and trusted points of contact for FYS 101 students. Peer mentors work collaboratively with other peer mentors, peer mentor coordinators, and instructors while assisting students in solving problems and getting involved on campus.
Benefits of Being a Peer Mentor
As a peer mentor, you get to serve as a role model, advisor, and point of contact for a core group of first-year students. You also have the opportunity work cooperatively with other peer mentors and instructors and develop significant relationships with other peer mentors and instructors. By serving as a resource for campus services and activities and assisting students in solving problems and getting involved on campus, you will have the opportunity to engage in leadership development and interpersonal skills.
New FYS 101 peer mentors will also receive two credit hours for their service: one for completing Peer Mentor Training (FYS 401) in the spring and one for serving as a peer mentor (FYS 402) in the fall. After serving for one year, Peer Mentors can choose to return the following fall or apply to be a Peer Mentor Coordinator. To view our current Peer Mentors, click here, and to learn more about becoming a Peer Mentor Coordinator, click here.
Each cycle we are looking for highly motivated and qualified students. To be eligible to become a peer mentor, a student must:
- Must have a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA
- Must have a minimum of 24 credit hours in the fall that you will serve as a Peer Mentor
- Must have a clear judicial record
- Must complete FYS 401 with an “S”
Please make sure you review the application process below.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have never served as a Peer Mentor before, you must complete FYS 401. This is a 1-credit hour course that you will take in the second session of Spring 2014. If you plan on being a Peer Mentor, save 1-credit hour in your Spring 2014 schedule. FYS 401 course times can be found on the application.
Peer Mentor recruitment begins every November for the following year. The selection and recruitment process is headed up by the Peer Mentor Coordinators and the Graduate Teaching Assistants. There are two different processes, depending upon if you are a new or returning Peer Mentor.
New Peer Mentors
Returning Peer Mentors
What are Peer Mentors saying?
“My favorite thing about being a peer mentor is helping students find their special place on campus and not feel so lost.”
- Karen Clark, 2013
“My favorite thing about being a peer mentor is definitely getting to know students and their different walks of life.”
- Paul Mather, 2013
“My favorite thing about being a PM is getting to hear about what first-year students expectations of UT are going to be.”
- Tanner Thul, 2013
I greatly enjoy interacting with the students and being able to be there for them for academic support.”
- Hannah Hoy, 2013
Questions about being a peer mentor? Email Michael Croal.