Inclusive Modeling Praxis and Continued Training (IMPaCT)

Through the Inclusive Modeling Praxis and Continued Training (IMPaCT) program, WISCIENCE seeks to train a community of undergraduate leaders from all STEM disciplines.

How to apply

“Praxis” refers to the process of enacting a theory or lesson. Within a supportive learning community, the three components of the IMPaCT Peer Leadership Program encourage leadership praxis; enacting theories of leadership.

IMPaCT Peer Leadership Program students complete three components:

  1. Enroll in Integrated Science 230 “Exploring Discipline-Based Leadership” 
  2. Serve as a Peer Leader in a STEM course or program
  3. Attend two In-Service Trainings each semester of their leadership position

Students who complete all three components of the IMPaCT Peer Leadership Program are recognized during their graduating year with a commemorative graduation stole. 

Questions? Contact Dr. Jahmese Williams (jahmese.williams@wisc.edu)

Peer leadership opportunities include:

Apply for a 2021 IMPaCT Peer Leadership Position

How to Apply:

  1. Review the list of 2021 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 Friday, October 30, 2020 11:59 p.m.
  5. Complete Integrated Science 230: Exploring Discipline-Based Leadership and Mentoring prior to becoming a peer leader. Applicants who have not taken Integrated Science 230 must enroll for Spring 2021. Students will meet for lecture on Tuesdays 1:00-2:15pm and attend one discussion section either on Tuesdays 2:25-3:15pm or Thursdays 1:00-1:50pm. 

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Application Components

To apply, you must submit the following materials. Please assemble them before you begin the application.

  • An online application form with
    • Contact information
    • WISCIENCE courses and programs you have participated in
    • Major
    • School/College
    • Number of credits
    • GPA
  • A statement of interest for each position you are applying for that includes the following for the specific program:
    • Why are you interested in becoming an IMPaCT Peer Leader?
    • What do you hope to gain from serving as an IMPaCT Peer Leader?
    • What skills (qualification/experiences) would you contribute as an IMPaCT Peer Leader?
  • Your ranked position preferences (if you are applying for multiple positions)
  • An unofficial transcript (How to obtain a free unofficial transcript)
  • 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.

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2021 IMPaCT Peer Leadership Positions:

INTEGSCI 100: Exploring Biology Peer Leader

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Course director:  Dr. Cara Theisen (chtheisen@wisc.edu)

Description
Exploring Biology Peer Leaders support student success in Exploring Biology, a 2-credit 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 2021: monthly meetings
  • Fall 2021: 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 2021)
  • Participate in IMPaCT In-Service Training 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 or Peer Leader Coordinator positions contact Dr. Theisen to apply.

INTEGSCI 140: Exploring Service in Science Peer Leader

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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 2021

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 INTEGSCI 230: Exploring Discipline-Based Leadership and Mentoring (Spring 2021)
  • Participate in IMPaCT In-Service Training 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

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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 2-credit lecture/discussion course for STEM student leaders. 

Timeline
Spring 2021

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
  • Develop and lead activities emphasizing campus involvement and academic development throughout the semester
  • Lead a primary discussion or activity for one class period
  • 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

Requirements

  • Completed INTEGSCI 230: Exploring Discipline-Based Leadership and Mentoring prior to Spring 2021
  • Earned a grade of B or higher in INTEGSCI 230: Exploring Discipline-Based Leadership and Mentoring 
  • Attend IMPaCT In-Service Training events

Internship for Position
Leaders enroll in INTEGSCI 320 (Internship; 1 credit) 

INTEGSCI 240: Service with Youth in STEM

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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 2021-Spring 2022 (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 2021)
  • Attend IMPaCT In-Service Training 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 Leaders

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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 Leaders share resources with students interested in engaging in or already engaged in research through workshops, panels, one-on-one meetings, and courses. These peer leaders will also work with WISCIENCE staff to develop new resources and workshops to meet the needs of undergraduate researchers. Through their various responsibilities, Undergraduate Research Peer Leaders will develop skills in public speaking, facilitation, active learning techniques, and more.

Timeline
Fall 2021-Spring 2022

Responsibilities

The Research Peer Leaders work as a team to accomplish the following. Once you are selected, you will have the opportunity to have input on which responsibilities you take on.

  • Facilitate undergraduate research workshops and/or participate in panels on topics such as "Finding a Research Experience at UW-Madison"
  • Meet one-on-one with students who have questions about undergraduate research experiences
  • Develop new workshops and resources such as workshops and guides in support of undergraduate research
  • Be a peer leader in a WISCIENCE research course, with responsibilities such as attend weekly class meetings, build community amongst students, lead small group discussions, provide peer feedback, and share your research insights and experiences
  • Participate in regular peer leader meetings with the Research Mentor and Mentee Training Coordinator

Requirements 

  • Engaged in undergraduate research for two or more semesters by Fall 2021.  In your application, 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 INTEGSCI 230: Exploring Discipline-Based Leadership and Mentoring (Spring 2021)
  • Attend IMPaCT In-Service Training events

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

BioChem 501: Intro to Biochemistry Peer Leader (Discussion Leader)

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Course instructor: Dr. Mario Pennella (mpennella@wisc.edu)

Description
Discussion leaders are considered coaches, mentors, or 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

Requirements 

  • Completed or will enroll in INTEGSCI 230: Exploring Discipline-Based Leadership and Mentoring (Spring 2021)
  • Attend IMPaCT In-Service Training events
  • Completed BioChem 501 course prior to Spring 2021

Anatomy & Physiology 235: Human Physiology and Health Peer Leader

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Course instructor: Dr. Janet Branchaw (branchaw@wisc.edu)

Description
During the Human Physiology and Health course, students learn basic physiological concepts, apply them to understand human health and disease, and link them to broader core concepts in biology. Peer Leaders in this course will support the course instructor and help increase students’ engagement in the course. The foundational knowledge covered during A&P 235 serves those interested in health sciences majors, as well as non-science students interested in life-long health.

Timeline
Fall 2021

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 

Requirements 

  • Completed or will enroll in INTEGSCI 230: Exploring Discipline-Based Leadership and Mentoring (Spring 2021)
  • Attend IMPaCT In-Service Training events
  • Completed either A&P 235, A&P 335, or A&P 435 with a B or better

BioCommons Ambassadors

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Program Director: Dr. Jerí Bryant (jlbryant2@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

  • 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 leadership role through the IMPaCT Peer Leader Program
  • Completion of INTEGSCI 230: Exploring Discipline-Based Leadership and Mentoring
  • Participation in IMPaCT Program

Compensation

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)

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

Description 
Support incoming students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields by leading activities and discussions during the STEM Immersion orientation program. STEM Immersion is a non-credit educational program designed for incoming first-year 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
Orientation Program: Summer 2021, Continued networking: Fall 2021 and Spring 2022

Responsibilities

  • Support and participate in the evaluation process of the program
  • Lead small group discussions
  • Facilitate community building
  • Maintain community with participants during their first year on campus 
  • 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 INTEGSCI 230: Exploring Discipline-Based Leadership and Mentoring (Spring 2021)
  • Attend SIL summer training sessions
  • Attend IMPaCT In-Service Training events

Compensation
This is a volunteer position. Leaders are provided free meals throughout the orientation program. Leaders also receive STEM Immersion apparel and giveaways.

STEM Immersion Coordinator

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

Description
Support incoming students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields by leading activities and discussions during the STEM Immersion orientation program. STEM Immersion is a non-credit educational program designed for incoming first-year 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 2021

Responsibilities

  • Plan and coordinate logistics for the STEM Immersion Program 
  • Train and mentor new Stem Immersion Leaders (SILs)
  • Collaborate with Program Director to build on previous success of the program 
  • Assist in troubleshooting any program challenges 

Requirements

  • Experience as a STEM Immersion Leader
  • Completed or will enroll in INTEGSCI 230: Exploring Discipline Based Leadership a and Mentoring (Spring 2021)
  • Participate in IMPaCT Program events

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

Transfer STEM Immersion Leader (SIL)

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

Description 
Support incoming transfer students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields by leading activities and discussions during the Transfer STEM Immersion orientation program. Transfer STEM Immersion is a non-credit educational program designed for incoming transfer students interested in STEM. Participants come to campus 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 transfer students who can provide a support network. Participants will engage virtually in August and then enjoy in-person activities during their first year at UW-Madison.

Timeline
Orientation Program: Summer 2021, Continued networking: Fall 2021 and Spring 2022

Responsibilities

  • Support and participate in the evaluation process of the program
  • Lead small group discussions
  • Facilitate community building
  • Maintain community with participants during their first year on campus 
  • 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 INTEGSCI 230: Exploring Discipline-Based Leadership and Mentoring (Spring 2021)
  • Attend summer SIL training session
  • Attend IMPaCT In-Service Training events
  • Compensation

This is a volunteer position. Leaders are provided free meals throughout the orientation program. Leaders also receive STEM Immersion apparel and giveaways.

Transfer STEM Immersion Coordinator

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

Description 
Support incoming transfer students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields by leading activities and discussions during the Transfer STEM Immersion program. STEM Immersion is a non-credit educational program designed for incoming transfer students interested in STEM. Participants will engage virtually in August and then enjoy in-person activities during their first year at UW-Madison. Participants will learn 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 transfer students who can provide a support network.

Timeline
Spring and Summer 2021

Responsibilities

  • Plan and coordinate logistics for the Transfer STEM Immersion Program
  • Work collaboratively with Transfer STEM Immersion Leaders
  • Collaborate with Program Director to build on previous success of the program
  • Assist in troubleshooting any program challenges

Requirements

  • Completed or will enroll in INTEGSCI 230: Exploring Discipline Based Leadership and Mentoring (Spring 2021) 
  • Participate in IMPaCT Program events
  • Transfer students preferred 

Compensation
The Transfer STEM Immersion Coordinator's starting pay is $10/hr for work associated with the planning and implementation of the program.