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HC Peer Mentor Program

Most students start college with a unique combination of enthusiasm and trepidation. The new environment, the classes, the freedom – it can at times feel overwhelming. Thankfully, first-year Honors students can turn to their HC Peer Mentors.

The Honors College (HC) Peer Mentor Program provides support to first-year Honors students by connecting them with resources, information, and people during their first semester. The structured mentor program promotes first-year student success and retention while also instilling in upper-level students (sophomores and above) the principles of leadership, citizenship, and the value of giving back.

Two Distinct Opportunities

Honors Peer Mentor Instructor (PMI)

With close guidance from a seasoned Honors faculty member, PMIs take the lead teaching one section of HON 105: Honors Orientation Seminar.

This rare opportunity to teach at the college level includes:

  • Enrolling in HON 410: Instructional Leadership with Dr. Maria Jerinic.
  • Teaching one section of HON 105 (1-credit, 50-minute/week class) in accordance with the HON 105 curriculum.
  • Attending the orientation and training in late August.

Compensation: $1,200 scholarship

Time Commitment: 5-7 hours per week

Contract Length: 1 semester

Application Due Date: March 3, 2023

Honors Peer Mentor (PM)

With direction from the Peer Mentor Coordinator, PMs offer one-on-one guidance and support to 15-22 undergraduate mentees during their first semester. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Communicating weekly with mentees.
  • Scheduling one-on-one meetings with mentees as needed.
  • Participating in HC Mentor-related events.
  • Attending the orientation and training in late August.

Compensation: $600 scholarship 

Time Commitment: 3-4 hours per week

Contract Length: 1 semester

Application Due Date: March 22, 2023

Program Eligibility

Honors Peer Mentors and Honors Peer Instructors must both meet the following requirements:

  • GPA: 3.3+ (cumulative)
  • Academic Standing: 30+ credits completed (at least Sophomore standing)
  • Completed at least 7 HON-prefix credits and hold an Honors College Core GPA of at least 3.0
  • Applicants should demonstrate leadership abilities and a desire to give back as expressed in their HC Mentor Program application
  • Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student and available on campus for the entire Fall semester (i.e., not studying abroad)

How to Apply

We invite all qualified Honors students to apply for one or both of these opportunities. Applications for the HC Mentor Program are processed through the campus-wide Peer Mentoring initiative.

When completing the application, please be sure to:

  • Select "Honors College" when prompted to select the program for which you want to apply.
  • Upload your Resume/CV.
  • List two professional references.
  • Complete the questions that pertain to your desired role (PMI or PM).

Students may apply for both PMI and PM roles but can only be selected for one.