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Biology Peer Mentor

Title: Peer Mentor for Biology
Department: Biology
Position Offered: Student Assistant
Compensation: 8 Hours/Week @ $8/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 one semester commitment (Spring only), and Peer Mentors must be available during the semester for meetings.

Job Responsibilities:

  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


  1. Required: Biology major in good academic standing. 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 25, 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.
  3. How to Apply for this Position:

    1. Go to to access all job descriptions. Beginning November 1st, go to the same website to access and submit your online application.
    2. Attend an Information Session. Dates are listed in the application packet.
    3. Sign up for the Foundations of Leadership Class, UNIV 238.
    4. Submit your online application no later than 4:30pm on January 31, 2014.
    5. Sign up January 29 to February 5, 2014 on-line for group process and individual interviews.


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

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