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Peer Advising

Peer Advising Application & Program Requirements

Peer Advisor Program Requirements

1. Visit Peer Advisors before applying to discuss your own academic and/or career plans, and the role of the peer advisor (these questions will be on the application).

2. Shadow a current peer advisor before the current term ends.

3. Attend the Peer Advisor Training on Friday, August 31 from 12-5pm in East Hall.

Things to know

1. You must be delcared in Psychology or BCN.

2. You must register for Psych 308 during the term you are a Peer Advisor.

3. Peer Advising is a great experience for anyone considering a "helping" career.

4. Advanced Peer Advising is a wonderful leadership experience! 

The Psychology Peer Advisors are available on a walk-in basis while classes are in session during the Fall and Winter terms from the first through last days of classes:

Monday: 11am - 4pm
Tuesday: 12pm - 3pm
Wednesday: 11am - 4pm
Thursday: 11am - 4pm 

  • Declaring a major
  • Assess progress in their major
  • Deciding between the Psychology major and the Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience (BCN) major
  • Specific requirements of your major
  • Plan class schedules
  • Help you find courses that suit your goals and interests
  • Mapping out a way to fit in all the courses you need to graduate
  • Discussing the Honors Program
  • Graduate school, internship, and career options
  • Research & independent study opportunities in the department

WHO are the Peer Advisors?

The Psychology Peer Advisors are Junior and Senior undergraduate Psychology & BCN majors who are well-informed about the Psychology majors and have received training in peer helping skills.

The Peer Advising office is located in 1343 East Hall.

WHAT do Peer Advisors do?

Peer Advisors help students analyze and assess their progress in fulfilling their Psychology course requirements, aid students in planning their class schedules, help students declare Psychology as a major, discuss graduate school and career options, and go over research opportunities and options for Independent Study in the department. Additionally, the Peers also participate in an administrative project directly helping the Psych Student Academic Affairs Office and other students.

WHEN will Peer Advisors advise?

Peer Advisors take walk-in appointments (office hours listed at the top of page). Please note that Peer Advisors are only available during the Fall and Winter terms (until the last day of classes).

HOW do I become a Peer Advisor?

You must apply to become a Peer Advisor. Applications will be available before the course registration period. If you are chosen for an interview you will receive an email message to set up a time for an interview.

After all interviews have been conducted, students who have been selected will receive emails announcing their acceptance. Once accepted, you will also enroll in Psychology 308. Psychology 308 is a graded course that will fulfill the experiential lab requirement for Psychology majors and count towards the credits needed for a Psychology major. Psychology 308 does not count in the Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience major.

Applications need to be completed the term before you plan to be a Peer Advisor. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered for the next term of Peer Advising. You may, however, submit your application for consideration for the following term.

Winter 2018 Psychology Peer Advisors

Dani Anderson

Dani is a senior from Ann Arbor, Michigan, pursuing a double major in Psychology and Political Science. She considers law and public policy to be among her academic interests, and has previously worked at the Institute of Continuing Legal Education here at the University of Michigan. Dani is a member of Zeta Omega Eta, a feminist sorority on campus, and in her free time she enjoys practicing yoga, reading, and ice skating.

Anna Chameli

Anna is a Senior from Hoffman Estates, IL pursuing a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Applied Statistics. She is also completing the Cappo Sales Track through Ross. She is particularly interested in Social and Clinical Psychology, and is an undergraduate research assistant with the Emotion and Self Control Lab. Outside of classes, Anna volunteers at the Tiny Lions Cat Cafe, and in her free time enjoys photography, baking, reading, and drinking a lot of coffee. After graduation, Anna will pursue a masters in Social Psychology, with a concentration on consumer behavior. 

Jad Elharake

Jad Elharake is a fourth-year student studying Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (B.C.N.) in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. He was born in Beirut, Lebanon and immigrated to the United States at 7 years old. Jad graduated from Fordson High School in Dearborn, Michigan in 2014 and was accepted into the University of Michigan as a William Brehm scholar, making him the first in his family to attend college. On campus, he is involved in psychiatry medical research and is currently assessing the intersectionality of race, gender, and depression among medical interns. He serves as an advisory board member on the Islamophobia Task Force and helps manage the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion student advisory board. In addition, Jad is the undergraduate advisor of PILOT—a student-driven success model utilizing its members' community cultural wealth to focus on leadership development, campus engagement for first-generation and underrepresented students, and the empowered pursuit of their visions—and helps advise the Arab Student Association, which aims to unite and serve the Arab community on campus while educating the general student body by promoting Arab culture and heritage.

Marina Han

Marina is a senior from Atlanta, GA pursuing a double major in Psychology, Sociology, and a minor in Applied Statistics. She is particularly interested in social and I/O psychology.  Marina is a SURO research assistant and has worked at the Services for Students with Disabilities office since her freshman year. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her cat and watching Criminal Minds. 

Noah Hicks

Noah is a senior from Fraser, MI pursuing a B.A. in Psychology and Economics. He is particularly interested in cognitive and industrial psychology, with intentions of pursuing graduate studies in these fields. Along with peer advising, Noah is a Residential Advisor at Mary Markley Hall and a member of the American Advertising Federation. In his free time, Noah enjoys listening to music, playing guitar, and exercising.

Jae Min Hwang

Jae Min is a senior from Troy, Michigan pursuing a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and a minor in Entrepreneurship. He is interested in developmental and educational psychology. In fact, he studied abroad in Beijing last summer to study education in cross-cultural settings and conducted biology researched abroad in Glasgow. On campus, he is an undergraduate research assistant within the School of Education department called Vizlab. Jae Min enjoys working out, traveling, and watching TV during his free time. After graduation, he is interested in earning a Masters degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education.

Josh Krasney

Josh is a senior coming from Old Lyme, Connecticut and is majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN). Along with working as an advisor, Josh enjoys playing sports (tennis, soccer, IMs, etc.), listening to music, and spending time with friends. Much of his time has also been spent as a member of Greek Life, a Co-President of Psi Chi, and Vice President of Golden Key. Josh has applied to graduate school for a Ph.D. in Psychology with a focus in Behavioral Neuroscience and would like to continue on be a psychology professor.

Maggie O'Connor

Maggie is a senior from Alpena, Michigan pursuing a B.A. in Psychology and German. She isparticularly interested in clinical, cognitive, and environmental psychology and hopes to use herdegree to create positive changes for environmental health as it relates to both humans andnature. Maggie is also the current president of the Ben Linder Cooperative House and is anactive member of the Inter-Cooperative Council (ICC). She hopes to pursue opportunities abroadafter graduation, particularly in Germany, and perhaps attend graduate school there as well. Inher free time, Maggie enjoys bonfires, reading, and dessert.

Rebekah Palmer

Rebekah is a senior from Tawas City, MI pursuing a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Food and the Environment. Her favorite classes at the University of Michigan have been Psychology and Spirituality, Sustainability and Cities, and Evolution of Nutrition. She is interested in a wide variety of career possibilities after graduation including human services, advising, human resources, and business development. Rebekah hopes to use the skills she has gained in psychology to improve food access and create a sustainable food system in her community.

Shelby Steverson

Shelby is a junior from Crystal Lake, IL pursuing a B.S. in Psychology. Her research interests include mental health stigma and discrimination. Shelby has been highly involved on campus, earning leadership positions in CAPS In Action, CSG Mental Health Taskforce, and LSA SG Mental Health Awareness Taskforce. She has worked in research labs in psychiatry and psychology with the hope of pursuing research after graduation, including a Master's Degree and Doctoral program. During her free time, Shelby enjoys reading, playing tennis, and spending time with friends and family.

Sammi Pulgini

Sammi is a senior from Commerce, MI pursuing a BA in Psychology and eventual career as a veterinarian! Aside from working as an academic peer advisor, she spends her time on campus practicing with the club gymnastics team and volunteering with the pre-vet club. Sammi's personal interests include photography, traveling, as well as working with animals in addition to people, and she had the chance to enjoy all three of these passions while working as a pre-veterinary intern for 5 weeks in South Africa this past summer!

Nicole Trush

Nicole is a senior from Fenton, MI pursuing a B.A. in Psychology. She has a particular interest in social psychology and has previously volunteered as a research assistant for the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study at the University of Michigan psychiatric department. Over the summer Nicole interned at Title Source, a title insurance company in Detroit, MI, as a Continuous Improvement Analyst, and she plans to pursue a career in business after she graduates in April. During her leisure time, Nicole enjoys watching Netflix, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

Kaley Willaert

Kaley is a senior from Macomb, MI working toward a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Applied Statistics. She is pursuing in a career in marketing and spent last summer interning at a marketing agency in Detroit. Kaley is especially interested in marketing strategy and analytics, and plans to eventually earn her Master's degree in Business. On campus, she serves as the President of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) for the University of Michigan Chapter and is the Alumni/Outreach Chair for the Undergraduate Psychology Society. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball, finding new music, and relaxing with friends. 

Brittany Wright

Brittany is a senior from Ionia, MI pursuing a B.A. in Psychology. Post-graduation Brittany hopes to gain some work experience before obtaining a Master’s of Social Work. Aside from working as an academic peer advisor, she is a research assistant for a lab that focuses on bipolar disorder and is a co-president for the women’s club ultimate frisbee team. During her free time, Brittany enjoys reading, playing card games, and spending time with friends.