I-PERSIST Mentor Program

 

About the Program

The I-PERSIST (Integrative - Program for Education, Research, and Support Involving Science and Technology) Mentor program is an initiative of the School of Science and the Division of Student Life. As part of the program, first-Year students in Calculus I, Chemistry I and Physics I are divided into small groups, which meet weekly with an undergraduate student mentor for informal sessions that focus on skill-building and subject-specific academic support. Mentors have demonstrated mastery of academic content and undergo special training to provide support in transition to academic life at Rensselaer. 

 

For more information, contact Assistant Dean, Lesly Mejia.

 

Become an I-Persist Mentor

The fall 2020 Recruitment process will begin on November 18, 2019. Please see below for more information about the program and how to apply to be a mentor.

 

Peer Mentor Responsibilities

  • Mentors will conduct 2 mentoring sessions per week for the entire fall 2020 semester (approximately 8-10 students per session)
  • Mentors will attend one weekly supervisory meeting with subject faculty and Student Success
  • Mentors are required to hold 2 hours of “study hours” per week throughout the fall semester to provide extra help to mentees
  • Mentors must prepare for their weekly sessions; on average – 10 hours of work total per week

 

Qualifications 

In order to be considered, all candidates must:

 

  • Be in good judicial and academic standing at Rensselear
  • Demonstrate strong academic performance in the subjects that you are applying to mentor
  • Must be enrolled as a full-time, undergraduate student for fall 2020

 

Please note: Although you may apply to mentor multiple subjects, you will only be selected to mentor one subject.

 

Compensation

Mentors will receive two 4000-level academic credits in the subject area for which they mentor. 

 

Application Process

  1. All new applicants will be required to attend an information sessions. Information sessions will be held on the following dates:
    1. Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 9:00am. Location will be the CBIS Auditorium.
    2. Friday, December 13, 2019 at 4:00 pm. Location will be the CBIS Auditorium.
    3. Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 4:30 pm. Location will be the CBIS Auditorium.
    4. Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 5:00 pm. Location will be the CBIS Auditorium.
    5. Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 4:00 pm. Location will be the Academy Hall Auditorium.
  2. The application deadline has been extended! The new application deadline will be February 10, 2020.
  3. All applicants who apply to be a Chemistry or Calculus mentor will be required to take a subject-specific quiz.
  4. Applicants who apply to be a Physics mentor will not be required to take a Physics quiz.
  5. If selected, all applicants will be required to attend 2 interviews: the first interview will be with Student Life in mid/late February, the second interview will be held by subject-specific Faculty in March.
  6. All decisions will be made in early April 2020.

 

If selected, all mentors will be required to attend the following training days:

  • Spring training: April 30, 2020 (half-day orientation)
  • Fall training (tentative): August 28, 2020 – August 30, 2020
    • These are full days of training (approximately 9am – 5pm)
    • Early move-in for fall training would take place on August 27, 2020 (tentative)

 

To apply, please click here.

 

Please note: You will not be exempted from fall I-PERSIST training for any Navigating Rensselear and Beyond (NRB) activities. If you accept to become a mentor, you will have to find other students to replace you at any NRB activities that you are a part of.

About the Program

The I-PERSIST (Integrative - Program for Education, Research, and Support Involving Science and Technology) Mentor program is an initiative of the School of Science and the Division of Student Life. As part of the program, first-Year students in Calculus I, Chemistry I and Physics I are divided into small groups, which meet weekly with an undergraduate student mentor for informal sessions that focus on skill-building and subject-specific academic support. Mentors have demonstrated mastery of academic content and undergo special training to provide support in transition to academic life at Rensselaer. 

 

For more information, contact Assistant Dean, Lesly Mejia.

 

Become an I-Persist Mentor

The fall 2020 Recruitment process will begin on November 18, 2019. Please see below for more information about the program and how to apply to be a mentor.

 

Peer Mentor Responsibilities

  • Mentors will conduct 2 mentoring sessions per week for the entire fall 2020 semester (approximately 8-10 students per session)
  • Mentors will attend one weekly supervisory meeting with subject faculty and Student Success
  • Mentors are required to hold 2 hours of “study hours” per week throughout the fall semester to provide extra help to mentees
  • Mentors must prepare for their weekly sessions; on average – 10 hours of work total per week

 

Qualifications 

In order to be considered, all candidates must:

 

  • Be in good judicial and academic standing at Rensselear
  • Demonstrate strong academic performance in the subjects that you are applying to mentor
  • Must be enrolled as a full-time, undergraduate student for fall 2020

 

Please note: Although you may apply to mentor multiple subjects, you will only be selected to mentor one subject.

 

Compensation

Mentors will receive two 4000-level academic credits in the subject area for which they mentor. 

 

Application Process

  1. All new applicants will be required to attend an information sessions. Information sessions will be held on the following dates:
    1. Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 9:00am. Location will be the CBIS Auditorium.
    2. Friday, December 13, 2019 at 4:00 pm. Location will be the CBIS Auditorium.
    3. Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 4:30 pm. Location will be the CBIS Auditorium.
    4. Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 5:00 pm. Location will be the CBIS Auditorium.
    5. Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 4:00 pm. Location will be the Academy Hall Auditorium.
  2. The application deadline has been extended! The new application deadline will be February 10, 2020.
  3. All applicants who apply to be a Chemistry or Calculus mentor will be required to take a subject-specific quiz.
  4. Applicants who apply to be a Physics mentor will not be required to take a Physics quiz.
  5. If selected, all applicants will be required to attend 2 interviews: the first interview will be with Student Life in mid/late February, the second interview will be held by subject-specific Faculty in March.
  6. All decisions will be made in early April 2020.

 

If selected, all mentors will be required to attend the following training days:

  • Spring training: April 30, 2020 (half-day orientation)
  • Fall training (tentative): August 28, 2020 – August 30, 2020
    • These are full days of training (approximately 9am – 5pm)
    • Early move-in for fall training would take place on August 27, 2020 (tentative)

 

To apply, please click here.

 

Please note: You will not be exempted from fall I-PERSIST training for any Navigating Rensselear and Beyond (NRB) activities. If you accept to become a mentor, you will have to find other students to replace you at any NRB activities that you are a part of.