Peer Advisors can help you with...
- Scheduling and course recommendations
- General info about the major
- Course planning in preparation for declaration
- Research opportunities
- Information about pre-med or graduate school requirements
Meet with a peer advisor:
- Peers are meeting with students in-person in our office (VLSB 3060) or virtually over Zoom. Schedule an appointment at https://calendar.app.google/96S72LvyNHRZAixS6. Need to drop-in? There might be an opening right now so check the appointment link.
- Send your questions via email or chat to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Peer Advisor Hours - Spring 2023
Peer Advisor Bios:
Hi! My name is Karena and I'm a third year majoring in IB. I'm from Los Angeles. My interests include biology, playing tennis, art, and music. I chose IB because it gave me the chance to explore many fields of biology, and for all of the great class options! Please feel free to come talk to me about being pre-med, research, choosing classes, and anything in between! Excited to meet you!
Swanson-Hysell Lab, EPS: Studying the expression of Pleistocene glacial-interglacial cycles in sedimentary rocks along the coast near San Francisco.
Hi, my name is Leah and I'm a fourth year double majoring in IB and Geology! My main academic interest is in paleontology, and I chose IB because of all the opportunities it offers in that field. I really enjoy how IB gives me the freedom to focus on the areas of biology that interest me the most. Outside of academics, some of my hobbies include reading, knitting, and hiking. I'm always happy to chat about research, double majoring, field work, departmental honors, preparing for grad school, or anything else!
Hi everyone! My name is Carolina (she/her), and I am a 4th year double majoring in MCB (Cell and Developmental emphasis) and IB (Integrative Human Biology emphasis). I hope to go to medical school and earn my MD, but this was not my original reason for choosing MCB and IB as my majors. I have always had a love for biological science, as I grew up near the ocean and was always fascinated by different aspects of the world and life around me. During high school and my undergrad years, I have conducted research in the field of marine biology to investigate the ways in which ecology and cell biology are integrated with one another. Studying MCB and IB have allowed me to view biological systems in new and unique ways that further fuel my curiosity and passion.
In my free time, I like to read, watch movies, and hang out with friends. I am also a Resident Assistant in the dorms, so when I am not studying, I am often throwing events for residents! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions about MCB or IB, classes, campus resources, etc, or if you would just like to chat!
Hi everyone! My name is Bella, and I am a third-year student majoring IB and MCB. I am originally from Suzhou, China. Since childhood, I enjoyed learning science and especially biology, and Berkeley makes me love biology even more. My experience as a specimen maker and curator in Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (applied through URAP) really got me into birds and nature history. Meanwhile courses like Bio 1a allowed me to explore the beautiful world of molecular biology. I find the application of molecular biology on a larger scale in nature really intriguing, thus I want to take more courses in both IB and MCB to find the interaction of different fields in the breadth of biology.
In my free time, I like to explore foods and boba places around the campus, take a walk at the Berkeley Marina, UC Botanical Garden and other natural places for bird watching, and watch comedy shows at dorm.
IB Peer Advising Application
How can I become an IB Peer Advisor?
The application to be a peer advisor for the 2022-2023 school year is closed. You can also talk to staff advisors Zac or Octavio for more information about joining the program in the future.
Information for 2022-2023 Applications
The application for 2022-2023 is closed. We encourage interested students to schedule an appointment with one of our current peers to learn more about peer advising. You can also review our info session from 2021 on YouTube and review the slides with common questions from past peers (note some of the dates, deadlines, etc. from past materials may no longer be relevant). Mandatory weekly meetings will be Thursdays 10-11am during Fall 2022.
Summer Application Timeline
|Aug 2, 2022||Applications Due, by 8am|
|Aug 3-9, 2022||Interviews|
|Aug 10, 2022||Notifications Sent|
|Aug 12, 2022||Deadline to Accept, by 12pm|
|Aug 23, 2022||All Day Training|
Spring Application Timeline
|April 24, 2022||Applications Due, by 11:59pm|
|May 2-13, 2022||Interviews|
|May 20, 2022||Notifications Sent|
|May 27, 2022||Deadline to Accept, by 4pm|
|August 23, 2022||All Day Training|
What we look for in an IB Peer Advisor:
Beyond a passion for the IB major and an interest in helping your fellow students, we look for people who are unique, both academically and as a person. Things that can help make an outstanding peer advisor include, but are not limited to: research experience, participation in the honors program, overcoming personal and/or academic adversity, tutoring, participation in clubs on campus, or the transfer student experience. Ultimately, what we want to see on your application is what makes you stand out as a student AND as a person!
Requirements at time of application:
- Be declared in Integrative Biology at the time of application, or be eligible to declare by the following fall semester.
- Have completed at least one semester at Cal.
- Able to work at least three shifts (1 hour each) and attend one 1-hour meeting per week.
- Willing to commit to working as a peer advisor for at least two semesters.
* Please note that peer advisor positions are unpaid. IB peer advisors earn academic credit for their work.