Deadline: Fall 2015
Dr. Rindy Anderson is looking for motivated students who are excited about field research to help in her research project, Behavioral Ecology and Acoustic Communication in Bachman’s Sparrow. If interested in this project, please email Dr. Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org describing why you are interested and what you hope to gain by being a part of it, include your major, any animal biology courses you have taken, GPA and your availability for Fall 2015 and Spring and Summer 2016.
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 10 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?
Deadline to apply is the last Friday of May annually
- Have at least a 3.0 GPA and in good 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 following academic year
Responsibilities and Commitments of peer mentorsinclude, but are not limited to the following:
- Mentor undergraduate students interested in engaging in research and inquiry.
- Student Professional Development
- Serve as student representatives on a steering committee in support of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Meetings are once per semester.
- “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
- Coordinate, organize, and actively participate in OURI Sponsored Events
- Distinction through Discovery Summer Retreat
- Faculty Recognition event
- Presentation Boot Camp
- Undergraduate Research Symposium
- Attend 75% of the meetings (once every three weeks) to organize various events
Selected Peer Mentors will be awarded $500 ($300 in December, $200 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 75% of the meetings held each semester
- 15 hours of peer mentoring or other related activities
- coordinate, organize, and actively participate in at least two events each semester
- coordinate, organize, and actively participate in the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium
Timeline of Application Process
- Application Deadline: May 29th, 2015
- Interviews: mid June
- Notification of Acceptance: end of June
- Team Building Activity/meeting: July
- Annual Summer Retreat- Early 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 email@example.com
- Complete all sections of the online application
- Provide a current CV or resume by emailing an attachment with the file name: lastname_firstinitial_mentorapplication2015
- Provide a letter of recommendation from your faculty research mentor
- Prepare for an interview upon request
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.