General Information

PEERS provides a wide array of both personal and academic benefits. You will receive information on how to best
  1. choose a career and a path leading to that career
  2. locate scientific research opportunities
  3. plan your courses for graduation
To provide its members with these benefits, PEERS offers workshops, counseling, exposure to and access to research, peer mentoring and seminar courses. It is important, both for you and for PEERS, that you participate fully in all that PEERS has to offer.

For more information about PEERS program requirements: download the 2016-17 Handbook

ENROLLMENT

PEERS has developed the following policy on workshops and course enrollment:

Freshman Fall Quarter:
  • EEB 97X — 1 unit freshman seminar; Tuesdays 1 -2pm taught by Dr. Barber & Dr. Hasson
  • Two courses from Math OR Chemistry OR Physics
  • Workshops 98XA or 98XB (enroll in 2 associated with their introductory chemistry, physics or math courses)
Freshman Winter & Spring Quarters:
  • Two courses from Math OR Chemistry OR Physics
  • Workshops 98XA or 98XB (enroll in 2 associated with their introductory chemistry, physics or math courses)
Sophomore Fall, Winter & Spring Quarters
  • FALL - enroll in EEB97X - 1 unit sophomore seminar, Thursdays 1-2pm taught by Dr. Barber & Dr. Hasson
  • You are required to enroll in workshops that are associated with the science classes you are taking. Most sophomores take physics workshops.
  • Please email us at peers@lifesci.ucla.edu if you have any questions about enrolling in workshops as a sophomore.
PEERS Workshops

The PEERS workshops are a key component to PEERS and the program's many benefits. The workshops provide in-depth exposure to the material of the introductory science courses. They facilitate bonding with your PEERS colleagues — research has shown that working collaboratively on problems leads to students with much better understanding of material and thereafter significantly better grades. The success of PEERS depends on students working together; each participant bears a responsibility to PEERS and to the other PEERS students to participate actively in the workshops and other activities.

Each workshop is worth 1 unit, P/NP. Only one workshop of each course number will count towards your total unit cap. You MUST enroll in the workshops and not more than four absences are allowed to receive a Passing grade in the class.

All workshops are scheduled between 3pm and 6pm, Monday through Thursday.

Enrollment in workshops is REQUIRED for all PEERS students.

Student participation in the workshops will be reviewed at the end of each quarter in order to determine each student's status within the program.

Link to Workshop schedule

Special Events

Each quarter there will be a number of required PEERS events. These events include: talks by UCLA faculty and outside speakers about current research and activities going on in the world of science; informational sessions about student resources on campus; workshops on understanding the practices of successful students; picnics; mixers; and lab tours.

Seminars

The PEERS seminars are designed to help students understand how to find the right career and the preparation needed for various career paths. The seminar, EEB 97X, is offered in the Fall of the first and second years. Each seminar has a different theme to help students gain more knowledge about time management and study skills, careers, and research opportunities in the sciences.

Counseling

Meetings with counselors are designed to help students plan their courses, to help them improve their study skills, to obtain their feedback on the program, and to answer any questions they may have. You will be assigned a specific departmental counselor that you will be in contact with throughout the two years of the program. In addition you will meet with the PEERS Counselor. You are encouraged to use your counselor as a resource for all concerns or questions you may have.

FRESHMEN: Participants are required to meet with their PEERS counselor once every quarter before week eight. You are also required to meet with your Departmental Counselor in the Winter quarter.

SOPHOMORES: Participants are also required to meet with their PEERS counselor once every quarter before week eight. You are also required to meet with your Departmental Counselors in Winter quarter.

Scheduling

A PEERS Representative will help you during orientation to schedule your fall quarter courses. Each quarter thereafter you will schedule an appointment with your counselor to discuss the next quarter's enrollment. Your workshops, as stated, are scheduled between 3pm and 6pm, Monday through Thursday. Please keep this in mind when finding courses, as you should not schedule anything that may conflict. Special Events occur in the evenings, generally from 6pm to 7:30pm.

We encourage all science students to take no more than two major courses per quarter, with the third course being a GE, writing, or non-major course. This is especially encouraged for the freshmen year, as this is a transitioning period into college during which you will need to develop good study skills in order to be a successful student.

Evaluation of participation

The PEERS program relies heavily on evidence that the participants are benefiting from the program for continued funding as well as program development. It is important that participants give feedback each term on all facets of the program, including workshops, seminars, events, counseling, and other interactions within the program. We value all students and their opinions, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Other Resources

Below are a variety of websites that PEERS students find helpful

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