What is the Peer Advising Program?
The first Peer Advising
Pilot Program was test run during the academic year 2001-2002 in six
different majors: Psychology, Economics, Political Science, History, English,
and EALAC. Five students were chosen to be Psychology
Peer Advisors. By all accounts, these Peer Advisors, and
the Peer Advising Program, worked extremely well.
April 25, 2002.)
In 2002-2003, we were able to expand the program to include 11
Peer Advisors--five each for the Psychology Major and the Neuroscience
and Behavior Major, and one for the Psychology Concentration. These eleven
students formed a very effective interface between students and faculty
in the Department of Psychology. They contributed in many ways to the
effectiveness of our group events for current or prospective majors, and
they met and corresponded with students individually to help them with
program planning. This is the 15th year of our Peer Advising Network. Here are the previous 14 years of Peer Advisors: 2001-2, 2002-3, 2003-4, 2004-5, 2005-6, 2006-7, 2007-8, 2008-9, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15.
As you can see, our Peer Advising crews have been renewed annually as some peer advisors graduate and new ones are selected. We are accepting applications for the 2015-16 Peer Advising crew. Applications
may be submitted at any time, using the form at the bottom of this page.
What Does it take to be a Peer Advisor?
A Peer Advisor needs to be able to commit time and energy to the
creation and implementation of a Peer Advising Network. The charge for
Peer Advisors is to provide a resource of accurate information for students
while also devising new and more effective ways to facilitate contact
between majors and faculty advisors. To that end, selected candidates
will play an important role in advising of new majors in the Spring, and
will participate in various activities for Psychology and Neuroscience
and Behavior Majors during both semesters.
Applicants should be well informed of their department's requirements
and policies, comfortable working with both faculty and students, and
willing to oversee new programs and events to better inform majors of
opportunities within their department. Attendance at departmental Open Houses and Majors Forums is highly desirable.