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OURS is currently seeking Undergraduate Peer Advisors for the 2019-20 school year: 

In the 2019-2020 school year, the Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarships will continue to build its OURS Peer Advising Program. We encourage you to apply! Application due Monday, April 29th. 

OURS Peer Advisors will be on the front lines of promoting undergraduate research around campus and will offer peer mentoring to prospective undergraduates as well as students currently in research programs. Your mentoring will range from helping students find appropriate research programs, to assisting with the application process, to practicing successful communication strategies with prospective mentors, to giving workshops and more.  All OURS Peer Advisors will receive training and year long support from OURS staff. OURS Peer Advisors will have the option of receiving one unit (per semester) for the commitment.

Commitment: 
2-4 hours a week during fall and spring semester 2019-20 (your activities and the location of these activities might vary widely week to week; some hours will be out-and-about campus, including occasional evening presentations (dorms, student clubs, etc),  and possibly some “office hours” will be at the OURS office in Dwinelle) 
Represent OURS at large events: GBO, OURS Fair, Cal Day, Transfer Day, etc.
Attend a half day training during the week of August 19th or 26th (TBD, we’ll do a doodle poll)

Qualifications / Eligibility:

Applicants must be participants in one of the OURS research programs (Haas Scholars, SURF or URAP - for URAP we prefer that you have participated for two semesters) 
Applicants must be enthusiastic about promoting research opportunities, willing to learn about many different research and prestigious scholarship programs, and excited to work in an advising capacity with a wide range of students as they pursue research and scholarships

Benefits: 
Work closely with the award winning OURS staff (campus award for Team Advising Excellence 2015) 
Engage with many of the most dedicated and intellectually ambitious students on campus
Develop your capacity as a public speaker, writer, mentor, and advocate. 
Help make Cal a better educational institution 

Application: 
Submit the following materials via email as one combined pdf file to urap@berkeley.edu by Monday, April 29th (11:59 PM). 

  1. 1 page personal statement responding to this question: Why do you seek to be an OURS Peer Advisor, and what experiences and skills will help you to successfully carry out this position? 
  2. CV
  3. Cal Transcript (unofficial printout of academic summary is fine)

Testimonies from current OURS Peer advisors: 

"Nothing says "academic and motivated" like research. Nothing says "helpful and compassionate" like advising. This program combines your academic and empathetic skills to help others navigate the realm of undergraduate research."

"Being an OURS peer advisor, I have not only been able to help fellow students find a foothold in the world of research, but I also got to meet very interesting, fun people. It has been great sharing my experiences with budding researchers and learning about research in fields other than my own."