Becoming a Peer Science Leader

  • Deepens your working knowledge of the subject area
  • Sharpens your leadership and public speaking skills
  • Provides valuable classroom experience (especially useful if graduate school is in your future)
  • Allows you to work one-on-one with students and faculty
  • Enhances your resume

What is a Peer Science Leader?

Peer Science Leaders are at the heart of the Dean of Faculty’s Peer Assisted Learning in the Sciences (PALS) Program, which targets traditionally difficult science courses.  Peer Leaders facilitate regularly scheduled, out-of-class group study sessions.  Each session integrates study strategies with course content.  Sessions are open to all students in the class.

What does a Peer Science Leader do?

  • Leaders attend class lectures and meet weekly with the professor for the course to discuss common problem areas for particular topics.
  • All Leaders provide facilitated group work sessions one or two evenings per week, though session format differs among courses.
  • Leaders are responsible for planning their sessions and assembling any worksheets or problem sets they will use.
  • Leaders meet with the supervisor and other leaders once a week.
  • Total time commitment averages 4-8 hours/week.
  • Leaders receive training about how students learn, and strategies for tutoring and facilitating group sessions.  Training occurs just before the start of classes each semester.

Who can be a Peer Science Leader?

Any student who has successfully completed the course in which they will work. Peer leaders DO NOT need to be science majors!

Courses supported include Chemistry 107A/B, 108A/B, and  217/218; Physics 107/108; Biology 190 and 242; and Environmental Studies 203.

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We are currently hiring PALS leaders for Fall 2015.