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Archive: March 2011

The University Honors Program is currently seeking applicants for the position of Peer Assistant (fall 2011-spring 2012). Applicants must be in their sophomore or junior year during the 2011-2012 academic year.

Peer Assistant Academic Year Responsibilities

Honors Peer Assistants perform a wide variety of tasks that support the UHP mission to guide and challenge students from across the University as they develop into broad, creative, independent, and informed thinkers. Peer Assistants provide office support to the University Honors Program director, associate directors, academic advisors, student services specialist, outreach coordinator, and office manager.

Peer Assistants Job Duties:

  • Greet visitors and assist students with questions about Honors
  • Answer phones; manage multiple lines
  • Schedule appointments in Google Calendar
  • Prepare student information files for advisors on a timely basis; print transcripts and various reports
  • Perform back-up duties for Student Services Specialist
  • Make posters/handouts
  • Research and compile data for one-time projects
  • Create and maintain Excel spreadsheets
  • Clean and organize work center and storage rooms
  • Copy, print, scan, shred
  • Run errands on campus

Work Hours

An academic year commitment is expected with an availability of 4-8 hours per week during fall and spring semesters; some hours during winter and spring breaks are available. Peer Assistants are required to attend training at the start of the academic year.

Essential Qualifications

Currently enrolled and active in the honors program at the U of M-Twin Cities; full-time enrollment for fall 2011 and spring 2012; strong academic record; evidence of involvement in campus or community activities; excellent communication skills; attention to detail; basic knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint; interest in working with honors students from diverse backgrounds and areas of interest.


Official job classification title for the Peer Assistant position is Undergraduate Teaching Assistant I. Pay rate is $9.14 per hour.


To apply, please provide the following documentation:

  1. Application form
  2. Current resume
  3. Personal statement (approximately 250 words) telling us why you are interested.

Application, resume, and personal statement are due by 4:30 pm on April 4, 2011 April 11, 2011.

Submit by U of M Campus Mail, U.S. Mail, hand deliver, or email to:
Connie Waldherr, Office Manager
University Honors Program
20 Nicholson Hall
216 Pillsbury Drive S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Information Session
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
3:45-4:45 pm
325 Nicholson

Learn from U of M faculty and staff experts about prestigious scholarships for graduate study in the United Kingdom and Ireland: the Rhodes, Marshall, George M. Mitchell, Churchill, and Gates Cambridge.

Current sophomores and juniors are especially encouraged to attend.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens (for the Rhodes Scholarship, citizens of some British Commonwealth countries may also apply) with exceptionally strong academic records. A GPA of 3.8 or higher is generally expected. Some of the scholarships have additional eligibility requirements. Institutional endorsement is required; students who are interested in being endorsed by the University for a scholarship to begin graduate study in Fall 2012 must submit a preliminary application by April 4, 2011. 

An instruction sheet explaining the campus endorsement process and how to apply will be available at the info panel, and thereafter from the University Honors Program office, 20 Nicholson Hall.