March 15th, 2018
Peer Mentor Program
The Peer Mentor Program is designed to help guide undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing research and inquiry, by providing student mentors. Each year undergraduate and graduate students will be selected to become Peer Mentors beginning at the end of the summer semester. These students will be representatives of all disciplines, colleges and partner campuses, and are wonderful advocates for research and creative projects.
Peer Mentors serve as ambassadors for the Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry. These students are active researchers who assist their peers in getting involved in research and inquiry by mentoring, hosting workshops, and giving classroom presentations all to integrate and expand a culture of research, inquiry and creative activity on all of FAU’s campuses. Peer mentors work closely with the Council for Scholarship and Inquiry (CSI) to support this initiative. Peer mentors are selected each summer and are active mentors for one year. If you are interested in getting involved in research please contact one of our current Peer Mentors to learn more about how you can get involved!
Interested in serving as a Peer Mentor?
See instructions on how to apply below.
Deadline to apply May 25th, 2018 by midnight.
- Be in good academic standing at the university
- Have one semester of DIS or other documented research experiences completed before applying.
- Commit to a one year agreement as a Peer Mentor (Summer through Summer)
- Selected mentors must be students throughout the year (undergraduate or graduate)
- Commit to active participation in the student club, Council for Scholarship and Inquiry (CSI)
- Commit to continue research in the academic year as an active peer mentor
Responsibilities and Commitments of peer mentorsDepending on the strengths and interests of peer mentors, responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:
- Mentor undergraduate students interested in engaging in research and inquiry.
- Office Hours
- Student Professional Development
- “Meeting of the Minds”: a series of events co-hosted by CSI targeting different colleges to expose students to the research being conducted by faculty within the college.
- “How to…” series: a series of workshops developed to assist undergraduates to get involved in research and scholarly activities including ethics, developing a research question, and much more!
- Classroom Presentations
- Tabling Events
- Coordinate, organize, and actively participate in OURI Sponsored Events
- OURI Summer Retreat
- Undergraduate Research Symposium
- CSI events and monthly meetings
- Attend 80% of the bi-weekly meetings to organize various events
Selected peer mentors will have the option to enroll in the zero-credit internship course IDS 3949 that is coordinated through the FAU Career Center. Students will receive a transcript notation for the internship without paying tuition or fees. Undergraduate and graduate peer mentors are encouraged to enroll. This will be further discussed at the first peer mentor meeting of the semester. The core requirements of this course include:
- Have completed at least on semester at FAU.
- Work with OURI for at least 60 hours per semester.
- Complete midterm and final evaluation.
If you have any questions regarding this course please contact email@example.com.
Selected Peer Mentors will be awarded $600 ($300 in December, $300 in May) to be used for materials and supplies toward their research endeavors. In order to have funds dispersed mentors must have completed the following:
- attend 80% of the meetings held each semester
- 15 hours of peer mentoring or other related activities
- 6-8 classroom presentations each semester
- host OURI workshops and coordinate, organize, and actively participate in at least two OURI events each semester
- participate in the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium (spring semester)
Timeline of Application Process
- Application Deadline: May 25th, 2018 by midnight
- Interviews: June
- Notification of Acceptance: July
- Team Building Activity/meeting: end of July
- Annual Summer Retreat: Early August
- Meetings commence in August
How to apply
If you would like to apply to become a Peer Mentor with the Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry please complete the list below and email all application materials or questions to Dr. Tracy Baker.
- Create an Account on Fluid Review
- Answer Required Eligibility Questions (under Tasks) by clicking "Start." You must agree to ALL eligibility questions before the Peer Mentor Application will show up under your programs.
- Find OURI programs you are eligible for (i.e. the Peer Mentor Program) by clicking "view programs." If the Peer Mentor Program application does not show up on your program list, please review your eligibility form: you must agree to ALL eligibility questions before the Peer Mentor Application will show up under your programs.
- Once you find the program you wish to apply for, click "Apply Now" to the right of your screen
- Complete all sections of the online application and be prepared to:
- Upload and Attach a current CV or resume
- Provide a letter of recommendation from your faculty research mentor
- Prepare for an interview upon request
**If you have any questions, or difficulty completing your online application please email Dr. Tracy Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This application was adapted from the University of Central Florida's Office of Undergraduate Research.
This program is part of our University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) efforts at expanding a culture of undergraduate research and inquiry at FAU.