Integrated Mentoring Program and Core Training (IMPACT)

IMPACT Peer Leaders

The Integrated Mentoring Program and Core Training (IMPaCT) is a program within WISCIENCE. Through the IMPaCT program, WISCIENCE seeks to train a community of undergraduate leaders from all STEM disciplines. Students selected for IMPaCT Peer Leadership positions serve as leaders in a number of STEM courses, including Biology 100 and Biochemistry 501, as well as other STEM related opportunities on campus, such as STEM Immersion, the Undergraduate Research program, and the BioCommons. Through engaging in courses, implementing leadership skills, and participating in other Peer Leader group events, participants in the IMPaCT Peer Leadership program gain valuable experience and join a supportive community of STEM students at UW-Madison.

Please email questions to Dr. Jahmese Williams, jahmese.williams@wisc.edu

 

Peer leadership opportunities include:

  • Exploring Biology course peer leaders, who help with discussion sections of this first-year course
  • STEM Immersion leaders, who help introduce incoming first-year students to campus and college-level STEM studies
  • Science education peer leaders, who assist with the Service with Youth in STEM service learning course
  • Undergraduate Research Peer Mentors, who hold drop-in hours in the BioCommons to mentor undergraduates thinking about getting involved in undergraduate research
  • BioCommons Ambassadors, advanced leaders who provide information & referral services and create student programming for the BioCommons at Steenbock Library.
 
 
How to Apply:
  1. Review the list of 2019 IMPaCT Peer Leadership Positions below.
  2. Identify the positions that you are interested in and qualified for.
  3. Assemble your application materials – see ‘application components’ below and in the details for each position.
  4. Complete the application form by the deadline of October 29.
  5. All positions require students to have completed Integrated Science 230: Exploring Discipline-Based Leadership and Mentoring prior to becoming a peer leader. Applicants who have not taken Integrated Science 230 should plan to enroll in the course for Spring 2019. Students will meet for lecture on Tuesdays 9:30-10:45am and attend one discusssion section either on Tuesdays 11:00-11:45am or Thursdays 9:30-10:15am. 
 
 
Application Components
To apply, you will need to submit the following materials. Please assemble them before you begin the application.
  • An online application form with your contact information, the previous WISCIENCE courses and programs you have participated in, and your major, school/college, number of credits, and GPA.
  • A statement of interest for each position you are applying for that includes the following:
    • Why are you interested in becoming an IMPaCT Peer Leader for the specific program?
    • What do you hope to gain from serving as an IMPaCT Peer Leader in the specific program?
    • What skills (qualification/experiences) would you contribute as an IMPaCT Peer Leader in the specific program?
  • Your ranked position preferences (if you are applying for multiple positions)
  • An unofficial transcript (Instructions for how to obtain a free unofficial transcript: https://registrar.wisc.edu/student_record.htm)
  • Any supplementary materials or answers required for individual positions (see below)
 
Questions about the application process? Contact connect@wiscience.wisc.edu.
 
Questions about a peer leader position? Contact the course/program director listed for that position.
 

2019 IMPaCT Peer Leadership Positions:

INTEGSCI 100: Exploring Biology Peer Leader
Course director:  Dr. Cara Theisen (chtheisen@wisc.edu)

Description

Exploring Biology Peer Leaders support student success in Exploring Biology, a 2-cr course for first-year students interested in the biosciences. Peer leaders support in-class activities, collaborate with instructors, give presentations about campus involvement, and provide guidance to students on opportunities and strategies to make the most of their Wisconsin experience. Students in Exploring Biology learn about the biosciences at the college level and the diversity of majors and beyond-the-classroom learning opportunities at UW-Madison.

Timeline

Spring 2019: monthly meetings. Fall 2019: Peer leader position with responsibilities below.

Responsibilities

  • In Spring, attend monthly Exploring Biology Peer Leader meetings (all other responsibilities below are for Fall Semester)
  • Attend assigned Exploring Biology class session each week (Mon OR Wed 2:25-4:20 pm) and weekly meetings with the Course Director and PL team
  • Help connect Exploring Biology students to co-curricular experiences and campus resources
  • In class, help facilitate student activities, develop and lead presentations to students about campus involvement and academic development, and work to develop personal relationships with students
  • Outside of class, hold office hours, organize trips to campus events, and correspond with students
  • Be proactive in supporting students and helping the instructional team offer a meaningful learning experience for Exploring Biology students

Internship for Position

Leaders enroll in INTEGSCI 320 (Internship; 1 credit) in Fall Semester.

Requirements 

  • Completed or will enroll in INTEGSCI 230: Exploring Discipline-Based Leadership and Mentoring (Spring 2019).
  • Participate in IMPaCT Program events
  • Must be available in Fall on Mondays OR Wednesdays from 2:25 – 4:20 pm to attend Exploring Biology class sessions
  • Majoring in the biosciences or a related field

**Returning Exploring Biology Peer Leaders who are interested in the Senior Peer Leader position should talk to Dr. Theisen about how to apply.

INTEGSCI 140: Exploring Service in Science Peer Leader
Course director:  Dr. Anna Bishop Courtier (anna.courtier@wisc.edu)

Description
Students taking this course get a taste of public service in the sciences and find out how to engage various age groups in science effectively. They will learn about university-community partnerships and the essential ingredients for successful outreach while also experiencing successful outreach first-hand by getting involved. Peer leaders will facilitate student participation and active learning, and support and collaborate with instructors for the Exploring Service in Science course, a one-credit seminar course for biology-interested first-year students.

Timeline

Fall 2019: Peer leader position with responsibilities below.
 

Responsibilities

  • Attend all required classroom sessions.
  • Collaborate with the course instructor to provide instructional leadership for the course. 
  • Meet weekly with the assigned course instructor to assist in planning the curriculum and instructional activities.
  •  Coordinate with course instructor to meet with each student outside of class at least twice during the semester. This time period should be used to monitor the student's academic progress and to intervene with appropriate recommendations that could assist with the student's retention and success at UW-Madison.
  •  Help students become independent learners by modeling good student behavior - take notes, be on time, etc. 
  • Publicize and support the academic policies and standards of UW-Madison Support and participate in the evaluation process of the class.

Requirements

  • Completed or will enroll in INTEG SCI 230: Exploring Discipline-Based Leadership and Mentoring (Spring 2019).
    Participate in IMPaCT Program events.
  • Previous experience in a first-year seminar, experience working in the community, or participation in INTEGSCI 140/240/375 Exploring Service in Science / Engaged Children in Science / Service with Youth in STEM.

Internship for Position

Leaders enroll in INTEGSCI 320 (Internship; 1 credit) in Fall Semester.

 

INTEGSCI 230: Exploring Discipline-Based Leadership and Mentoring Peer Leader 
Course instructor:  Dr. Jahmese Williams (jahmese.williams@wisc.edu)

Description

Facilitate student participation and active learning, and support and collaborate with instructor for the Exploring Discipline Based Leadership and Mentoring, a two-credit lecture/discussion course for STEM student leaders. 

Timeline

Spring 2019

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Attend all required classroom sessions
  • Collaborate with the course instructor to provide additional mentoring and activities for students
  • Work to develop personal relationships with students
  • Develop and lead activities emphasizing campus involvement and academic development throughout the semester
  • Model good student behavior - take notes, be on time, etc. 
  • Publicize and support the academic policies and standards of UW-Madison Support
  • Participate in the evaluation process of the class
  • Attend ALL required WISCIENCE training activities and meetings.

Internship for Position

Leaders enroll in INTEGSCI 320 (Internship; 1 credit) 

Requirements

  • Completed INTEGSCI 230: Exploring Discipline-Based Leadership and Mentoring prior to Spring 2019.
  • Participate in IMPaCT Program events. 

 

INTEGSCI 240: Service with Youth in STEM
Course instructor:  Dr. Anna Bishop Courtier (anna.courtier@wisc.edu)

Description
Service with Youth in STEM (SWYIS) peer leaders facilitate student discussion and active learning in both lecture and lab components. Students in enrolled SWYIS learn how to work with community partners and lead after-school science clubs in the Madison area. Peer leaders taking this 1-credit internship build upon previous work in the community to provide leadership, lead small discussion groups, and support after-school activity development and implementation.

Timeline

Fall 2019-Spring 2020 (Full academic year): Peer leader position with responsibilities below.

Responsibilities

  • Attend the lecture section and at least one lab section of the course for both fall and spring semesters.
  • Complete weekly meetings with the Course Director and Community Liaison
  • Help connect SWYIS students with logistics of working with community partners, including assisting with information on transportation to the after-school sites
  • In class, help facilitate student activities, in-class discussion, and work to develop personal relationships with students
  • Outside of class, manage lab and activity materials, and correspond with students (in person and electronically) to support after-school site activities
  • Lead a primary discussion or activity for one class period.
  • Complete pre- and post-class discussions and reflections assigned by the course director

Requirements 

  • Completed or will enroll in INTEGSCI 230: Exploring Discipline-Based Leadership and Mentoring (Spring 2019).
  • Participate in IMPaCT Program events
  • Previous work in the community, preferably in INTEGSCI 240 or INTEGSCI 375 Engaged Children in Science / Service with Youth in STEM.

Internship for Position

Leaders enroll in INTEGSCI 320 (Internship; 1 credit) in Fall and Spring Semester.

 

Undergraduate Research Peer Mentor

Program Director: Dr. Amber Smith, amber.smith@wisc.edu

Description
Use your research experience and training to help undergraduates identify areas of research interest and potential research mentors as well as provide insight into navigating lab cultures. Research Peer Mentors share resources through weekly drop-in hours at the BioCommons. These peer mentors will also work with WISCIENCE staff to develop new resources and workshops to meet the needs of undergraduate researchers. Through development and facilitation of workshops, Undergraduate Research Peer Mentors will develop skills in public speaking, facilitation, and active learning techniques.
 

Timeline

Fall 2019-Spring 2020

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Host weekly drop-in hours (2 hours/week) at the BioCommons for students who have questions about undergraduate research experiences. 
  • Facilitate at least two undergraduate research workshops on topics such as "Finding a Research Experience at UW-Madison" per semester. 
  • Develop new workshops and resources in support of undergraduate research.
  • Participate in bi-weekly peer mentor meetings with the Research Mentor and Mentee Training Coordinator

Requirements 

  • Engaged in undergraduate research for two or more semesters. Be sure to describe your research experience as part of your response about the skills (qualifications/experiences) you will bring to the position.
  • Completed or will enroll in INTEG SCI 230: Exploring Discipline-Based Leadership and Mentoring (Spring 2019).
  • Participate in IMPaCT Program events.

Compensation for Position

Leaders can choose to volunteer their time or enroll in INTEGSCI 320 (Internship; 1 credit) in Fall and Spring Semester. If taking the internship credit, leaders must develop and implement one new resource or program each semester.

Questions regarding this position can be directed to Dr. Amber Smith, amber.smith@wisc.edu

 

BioChem 501: Intro to Biochemistry Peer Leader (Discussion Leader)
Course instructor: Dr. Mario Pennella (mpennella@wisc.edu)

Description

Discussion leaders are coaches/mentors/managers who use their knowledge of BioChem 501 material and their understanding of discussion dynamics to manage and respond to the discussion groups that meet periodically in BioChem 501. 

Responsibilities

  • Attend all required classroom sessions. 
  • Collaborate with the course instructor to provide additional mentoring and activities for students. 
  • Work to develop personal relationships with students. 
  • Publicize and support the academic policies and standards of UW-Madison Support and participate in the evaluation process of the class. 
  • Attend ALL required WISCIENCE training activities and meetings.
     

Requirements ​

  • Completed or will enroll in INTEG SCI 230: Exploring Discipline-Based Leadership and Mentoring  (Spring 2019).
  • Participate in IMPaCT Program events.
  • Completed Biochem 501.

BioCommons Ambassadors

Program Director: Dr. Jeri Bryant (jeri.bryant@wisc.edu

Description
Help build community and connect students to campus resources through the BioCommons. The BioCommons is a welcoming home base and central gateway to the biological sciences at UW-Madison. It includes a set of spaces in Steenbock Library, which are available for biology-related and STEM opportunities and activities hosted by groups from around campus as well as compilations of information about STEM-related opportunities such as study abroad trips, summer research, or student orgs. Resources are available in the physical space and online at biology.wisc.edu. The BioCommons promotes diversity and cross-campus community and helps students find answers to their questions, learn about the STEM landscape at UW-Madison, get engaged in high-impact learning experiences, access support services, and become more proactive in shaping their education.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Staff the welcome desk in the BioCommons
  • Assist with BioCommons programming
  • Compile and maintain BioCommons print and web resources
  • Advertise the BioCommons through social media 
  • Promote BioCommons services and resources
  • Provide administrative and operations support
  • Attend weekly BioCommons staff meetings
  • Maintain integrity of the physical and virtual spaces of the BioCommons

Requirements

  • Experience in a mentor role through the IMPACT Peer Leader Program
  • Completion of INTEG SCI 230: Exploring Discipline-Based Leadership and Mentoring.
  • Participation in IMPACT Program.

Compensation for Position
BioCommons Ambassadors starting pay is $10.00/ hr for assisting with WISCIENCE programming and working desk hours and events at the BioCommons.
 

STEM Immersion Leader (SIL)
Program Director: Dr. Jahmese Williams (jahmese.williams@wisc.edu)
Description 
Support incoming students interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields by leading activities and discussions during STEM Immersion Camp. STEM Immersion Program is a non-credit educational program designed just for incoming students interested in STEM. Participants come to campus a few days before the official start of the semester to learn more about campus and college life, find out about STEM opportunities on campus, connect with faculty, sharpen key skills for academic success, and form a community with other STEM-interested students who can provide a support network from the very beginning.

 

Timeline

Summer 2019

Responsibilities

  • Attend ALL required WISCIENCE training activities and meetings
  • Support and participate in the evaluation process of the program
  • Lead small group discussions
  • Facilitate community building
  • Help students become independent learners
  • Model good student behavior (taking notes, being on time, etc)
  • Publicize and support the academic policies and standards of UW-Madison

Requirements

  • Completed or will enroll in INTEG SCI 230: Exploring Discipline-Based Leadership and Mentoring (Spring 2019).
  • Participate in IMPaCT Program events.

Compensation for Position
Leaders are provided free meals throughout the 4-day orientation program. Leaders also receive STEM Immersion apparel and giveaways.

 

STEM Immersion Coordinator

Program Director:Dr. Jahmese Williams (jahmese.williams@wisc.edu)
 

Description

Support incoming students interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields by leading activities and discussions during STEM Immersion. STEM Immersion is a non-credit educational program designed just for incoming students interested in STEM. Participants come to campus a few days before the official start of the semester to learn more about campus and college life, find out about STEM opportunities on campus, connect with faculty, sharpen key skills for academic success, and form a community with other STEM-interested students who can provide a support network from the very beginning.

Timeline

Spring and Summer 2019

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Plan and coordinate logistics for the 7-day STEM Immersion (Training and Program)
  • Train and mentor new Stem Immersion Leaders (SILs)
  • Facilitate program for the duration of the program
  • Assist in troubleshooting any issues or emergencies during the program

Requirements

  • Experience as a STEM Immersion Leader
  • Completed or will enroll in INTEGSCI 230: Exploring Discipline Based Leadership a and Mentoring (Spring 2019)
  • Participate in IMPaCT Program events

Compensation for Position
The STEM Immersion Coordinator's starting pay is $10.00/hr for work associated with the planning and implementation for the program.