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Biology Peer Mentor

Title: Peer Mentor for Biology
Department: Biology
Position Offered: Student Assistant
Compensation: 8 Hours/Week @ $9.00/hr

Summary Description:

Student will assist in efforts to attract and retain freshman biology majors by attending the critical thinking course (Biol 120B), providing SI instruction, and being available to help with individual concerns. Students will also help with transitional curriculum development, and outreach activities.

This is a full academic year commitment. Peer Mentors must be available throughout both semesters of the 2015-2016 school year.

Job Responsibilities:M

  1. Create individual bonds with students and help them transition from high school to college
  2. Introduce students to campus resources
  3. Serve as a role model both academically and personally
  4. Introduce and provide students with tutoring resources to make sure they are keeping up with college work
  5. Interface and work with biology faculty members
  6. Develop and present transition curriculum
  7. Attend weekly staff development In-service meetings every Friday from 1-3pm.


1. Required: Biology major in good academic standing. Satisfactory completion of University 238 course (B or better); A similar course of parallel gateway leadership experience may be substituted for this requirement. The student should be mature, self-motivated, quick learner, able to work in a team environment with little or no supervision; Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; knowledge of Sonoma State University campus and programs; must be able to work with a diverse group of students.

Must also be available to attend Spring Pre-Service on April 17, 3-6pm.


1. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. Minimum of 2 semesters completed at SSU by Fall. Basic Knowledge of computers, SSU e-mail, and other campus computer systems.

2. Preferred: A Biology major who has completed Biol 121 and 122 or 130A.

How to Apply for this Position:

1. Go to to access all job descriptions. Beginning November 3rd 2014, go to the same website to access and submit your online application.

2. Attend an Information Session.

a) Student Academic Services Position Informational Sessions will be held on:

  1. October 28th at 7 pm in Student Center; Sonoma Valley Room
  2. November 12th at 7 pm Student Center; Dry Creek Valley Room
  3. January 21st at 7 pm in Student Center; Sonoma Valley Room

3. Sign up for the Leadership Class, UNIV 238.
b) To receive priority access to UNIV 238 at the beginning of registration week beginning November 17th, you will need to complete the online application form and submit your essay. If these two requirements are completed by noon on Thursday, November 13th you will be guaranteed a priority seat in UNIV 238. If these two requirements are completed after noon on Thursday, November 13th, you will still be guaranteed a seat in UNIV 238, but you might have fewer choices in which section you will be able to take.

4. Submit all pieces of the online application no later than 4:30 pm on January 30, 2015. (This includes the letter of recommendation)

5. Sign up February 2nd-6th, 2015 on-line for individual interviews. Peer Mentor candidates are required to complete a comprehensive presentation during their individual interview.


Questions about the Peer Mentor position should be addressed to the following coordinator: Michael Cohen, Department of Biology,

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