You have entered the homepage for the peer mentor program of the Mathematics Department at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. If you are currently a peer mentor, you can find the current announcements here or communicate questions and concerns to the peer mentor program coordinator. If you are not a peer mentor, you can find information describing the program and how to apply.
Peer mentors are undergraduate students hired to work as learning aides in calculus workshops and to provide one-on-one help to the students. The program began in the Fall semester of 1995 and now employs between 45 and 70 students per semester. Peer mentors are employed in sections of the first year Calculus sequence 640:151-152.
What are peer mentors and what do they do?
The prosaic answer is that peer mentors are paid student aids who help run workshops of first and second semester calculus courses. But the term peer mentor implies more. A peer mentor is a guide, and the job of a calculus peer mentor is to guide students to a better understanding of how to learn and do mathematics.
The main duty of the peer mentor is to attend the workshops of their assigned courses and facilitate student group work on those workshops.
To learn in detail what a peer mentor does, visit here:
The peer mentor program seeks undergraduate students who
- excel at math
- have good communication skills
- like to share their knowledge with others
Who can be a peer mentor?
Preference is given to students who have completed Calculus III or who have taken and learned very well in Mathematics 151-152 (Calculus I and II) the previous year. Applicants should have finished at least 2 semesters at Rutgers with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
It is not necessary to be a Mathematics Major to be a Peer Mentor in the math department! Indeed, we prefer to have students with varying backgrounds and ambitions working with us.
Why be a peer mentor?
- Well, you do get a salary!
- And you feel good working to help fellow students.
- Valuable experience----If you are headed for a teaching carreer or if you plan to go to graduate school, where you will probably support yourself with a teaching assistantship, experience as a peer mentor is a valuable asset to your undergraduate education.
- Become a calculus expert----There is nothing that helps one learn a subject better than having to teach it!
The peer mentor program actively recruits applicants at the end of the spring semester. But you are welcome to indicate
your interest at any time. Just leave your name and e-mail address with us and we will contact you at the appropriate time.