Become a Peer Instructor
Aresty Peer Instructors (PIs) serve as a resource and program guide for participants in the Aresty Research Assistant Program. In this capacity, Aresty PIs help recruit and advise Aresty Research Assistants (RAs), share information about academic and other campus resources, serve as a liaison between student researchers and faculty mentors, and plan programs for and facilitate seminars for their peer group. They may be asked to help with presentations about the Aresty Research Center, and will work as ambassadors at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Commitment: Two 1-hour seminars/meetings each month with their peer group to help them develop research skills, and one 1-hour meeting with Aresty staff and Master Peer Instructors each month to report on progress, troubleshoot issues, and develop strategies. PIs are required to help students with assignments and journal entries and are expected to be available to answer questions and serve as supporters for their RAs.
Pay: $1,000 for the academic year.
Training: Peer Instructors will participate in a required, two-part training program. The first training session will take place in May, and the second training session will take place in late August, just before the start of the semester.
Eligibility and Requirements
Eligibility: Peer Instructors must be third or fourth year, full-time students in the fall semester and be in good academic standing. Applicants should have completed one full summer of full-time research, or one full year of part-time research (preferably, though not required, through the Aresty Summer Science Program or the Aresty RA Program).
Selection Process: Selection is based on a review of application materials as well as individual interviews. Interviews with the Aresty staff will be scheduled shortly after the application submission.
References: A written reference from the applicant's faculty research advisor and current Aresty Peer Instructor, if applicable, will be required. If the applicant is not currently doing research and does not have contact with a faculty advisor, we ask that the applicant please provide a letter of reference from someone else who can speak to the academic and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to work in a team/office setting, of the applicant, and can recommend you for the position. All letters should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
How To Apply
In addition to completing the questions on the following online application, you will also be asked to upload the following:
- Current resume
- Copy of your unofficial transcripts
- 2 - 4 page essay that addresses the following:
- Why are you interested in becoming an Aresty Peer Instructor?
- What skills and qualities will you bring to this position?
- What do you think is the most important role a Peer Instructor should play?
- What elements would you incorporate into your peer group meetings to make them engaging for students?
- Describe the skills and benefits you have gained from your own research experience.
- Explain what you see as the value of research to a student's undergraduate experience.
- Describe any experience you have had facilitating a group. What are some qualities that help make a group successful?
Applications for 2013 - 2014 were due on March 4, 2013.