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Become a Peer Mentor!

What is a Peer Mentor?

Peer mentors are undergraduate students who assist faculty and staff instructors in a section of FYS 101, FYS 129, and TRNS 201 for the fall and spring term. These campus leaders serve as role models, mentors, campus resource experts, and trusted points of contact for students participating in  First-Year Program seminars. Peer mentors work collaboratively with other peer mentors, peer mentor coordinators, and instructors while assisting students in solving problems and getting involved on campus!

Why should you be a Peer Mentor?

As a peer mentor, you get to serve as a role model and point of contact for a core group of first-year students. You also have the opportunity work cooperatively with other peer mentors and instructors and develop significant relationships with other peer mentors and instructors. By serving as a resource for first-year and transfer students, you will help new students connect with campus services and opportunities for engagement, and assist students in navigating the first-year experience. In addition, you will have the opportunity to enhance your leadership and interpersonal skills.

Perks of being a Peer Mentor…

  • Enhance your leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Serve the Volunteer Community
  • Engage in a paid position that supports the first-year experience

Peer Mentor Responsibilities 

  • Participate and Engage in an FYS 101, FYS 129, TRNS 201 course 
  • Work with an instructor to deliver and teach course material 
  • One on one meetings with first-year students to help in their transition to life at UTK
  • Attend and participate in FYS 401 to develop skills and be aware of ongoing Peer Mentor events and position requirements 


Each cycle we are looking for highly motivated and qualified students. To be eligible to become a peer mentor, a student must:

  • Must have a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Must have a minimum of 24 credit hours in the fall that you will serve as a Peer Mentor
  • Must have a clear judicial record
  • Must complete FYS 401 with B or higher
  • Must be available before the fall semester starts for training and welcome week commitments
  • Cannot have conflicting on-campus employment (RA, work study)


How to apply to be a 2022 Peer Mentor:

The application will be available on VOLink from Tuesday, February 1st to Tuesday, March 1st!  To apply, please log in to VOLink and visit the First-Year Programs – Peer Mentor page. Then, scroll down to forms and you will see the application. If you are having trouble logging in to VOLink, please try it on a different web browser (example: Safari instead of Google Chrome). Keep in mind that the application does involve a reference, so plan accordingly.

Apply on VoLink!   


2022 Peer Mentor Application Timeline:

  • Step 1: Attend an optional PM information session: February 14th 3:00-4:00 pm, February 18th 1:00-2:00 pm, Tuesday, February 22nd 9:00-10:00 am, March 2nd 3:00-4:00 pm.
  • Step 2: Complete the Peer Mentor Application on VOLink by March 6th, 2022 at 11:45 pm.
  • Step 3: You will be notified of your application status shortly.
  • Step 4: For applicants who have been selected to continue you will receive the sign-up email about next steps. You will then sign up for a group interview, taking place after spring break. You must attend Interview Week which will consist of an individual and group interview. (If all of your courses conflict, please email us asap.)
  • Step 5: Attend interview week that will be held in March.
  • Step 6: Applicants will be notified of whether or not they have been selected to become a part of the FYP Peer Mentor community.
  • Step 7: Selected Peer Mentors will receive information about training and next steps.
  • Step 8: Hired Peer Mentors will attend FYP Conference at the end of April.

Questions about being a peer mentor? Contact graduate assistant, Madelyn Hart.


Peer Mentor Commitment

As a Peer Mentor you will be expected to engage in programming, events, and meetings. Review the 2021 Peer Mentor Contract for more information. Please note: This contract is subject to change for 2022 Peer Mentors.

Peer Mentor Contract