Part of the learning process is working with others. The PRISM program gives students the opportunity to be peer mentors. After all, we hope you engage in research, make friends and have fun, and shape your leadership skills.
As a peer mentor, you will play a major role in the first-year students’ transition to the science and mathematics community at Alma. Your participation will not only keep them involved in the program, but it will keep you involved as well.
You will be involved in the PRISM seminars, meeting with your seminar once a week during September and twice a month after that. You will track the success of students in your seminar and report back to faculty to discuss the progress.
During winter term, peer mentors will be recruited from current second- and third-year STEM students, especially those who have undergraduate research experience. Informational meetings at the beginning of the term will outline the expectations of peer mentors.
Faculty will interview prospective candidates, who will be evaluated on their academic success, their enthusiasm for and involvement in the institution, their potential for leadership, their capacity for independent research, and their commitment to the PRISM program.
As a new peer mentor, you will be involved in orientation and training prior to fall term. This is where we will reintroduce you to the program and its goals: upcoming seminars, linked first-year science and math courses, Spring Term courses, and opportunities for independent research during the academic year and summer.