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					                     APPLICATION TO BECOME AN ACADEMIC PEER ADVISOR
                                       CSULB PSYCHOLOGY
                    Deadline for Spring and Fall 2012 - Friday, October 28, 2011

    A select group of psychology majors will be trained as academic peer advisors to greet and orient new
majors and minors and to provide general information to psychology students about department
requirements, student organizations, careers, graduate study, and other psychology opportunities. These
students will be able to earn psychology upper division units (Psychology 406A and 406B).

PREREQUISITES:
    1) Peer Advisors must be psychology majors, but may apply while still pre-majors.
    2) At the time of application, nine upper-division psychology units must be completed or underway.
       Priority will be given to applicants who have completed PSY 210, 220, 301 and some upper division
       psychology work. All applicants must have completed both 210 and 220 by the end of the semester in
       which they apply and have completed or be enrolled in PSY 301 for the current.
    3) Overall GPA of at least 2.75; Psychology GPA of at least 3.0, higher GPAs will be given priority.
    4) Two letters of recommendation attesting to the reliability and responsibility of the applicant. At least
       one of the letters should be from a CSULB psychology faculty member.
    5) Ease in interacting with peers.
    6) Availability one week prior to the beginning of the upcoming semester.
    7) Peer Advisors must be available for two consecutive undergraduate semesters; one year commitment.

FORMAT:
    Peer advisors must attend class of 1½ hours a week on Wednesdays (12:30 to 1:45 pm) and be available
about additional four to five hours each week for advising (hours to be arranged). In addition, each peer
advisor will undertake an educational project that averages two to three hours a week.

BENEFITS:
   1) Get to know other psychology students and faculty. Make friends.
   2) Learn about course requirements, graduate school and careers in the field of psychology.
   3) Earn six units of upper division credit. One semester of Psy 406A, B satisfies three units of Psychology
      Category 400-level courses (counts as 1 of 2 needed 400 level courses) and the second semester
      satisfies three units of Psychology Upper Division Elective course credit.
   4) Gain experience important to employers and graduate schools.
   5) Have a “home away from home” – with a computer, microwave and a refrigerator.

PROCEDURE:
     Pick up an application in the Peer Advising office (PSY 206) and submit it to main office (PSY 100) by the
deadline – the earlier the better. Sign up for an interview on the signup sheet outside Psychology 108. When
selecting a time for the interview, allow enough time so that you can bring two letters of recommendation (in
sealed envelopes with signatures across the flaps) to the interview. Students will be interviewed and those
selected will be informed prior to the start of registration for the following semester.

                              Early applicants who qualify will be given priority.


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                                          LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION

To the applicant: Fill in your name below. Give the letter to an instructor, employer or volunteer supervisor – someone
who can tell us about your reliability, maturity and level of responsibility. Provide him or her with an envelope. Bring
the completed letter with you to your interview.
To the letter writer: ______________________ has applied to be a peer advisor in the Psychology Department at Cal
State, Long Beach. The peer advisors must be mature students who can answer questions of other psychology majors
and provide guidance. The peer advisors should be interested in psychology, able to interact well with others and last,
but not least, be reliable and responsible.

Length of time you have known the applicant: _______________________

Capacity in which you have known the applicant: ___________________________________________

Please indicate your rating for each characteristic which follows. Use the rating scale:
    5 outstanding       4 very good       3 adequate        2 below average      1 poor
                       Comments are appreciated and please explain any 1 or 2 ratings.

        _____ Gets along well with others

        _____ Completes work/tasks on time

        _____ Is punctual

        _____ Seems interested in the field of psychology

        _____ Has good oral communication skills

        _____ Acts appropriately in setting

        _____ Seeks direction when needed

        _____ Accepts feedback readily

        _____ Realizes responsibility for influence of actions on others

        _____ Rarely misses work/class/volunteer activity


Printed name of Recommender ___________________________ Position _________________

Agency/institution ________________________ Phone number _________________________
                                                                     (Area Code)

Address ______________________________________________________________________

                                       Signature _______________________________________

                           PLEASE PLACE IN ENVELOPE, SEAL AND SIGN ACROSS FLAP
                                           LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION

 To the applicant: Fill in your name below. Give the letter to an instructor, employer or volunteer supervisor – someone
  who can tell us about your reliability, maturity and level of responsibility. Provide him or her with an envelope. Bring
                                      the completed letter with you to your interview.
To the letter writer: ______________________ has applied to be a peer advisor in the Psychology Department at Cal
State, Long Beach. The peer advisors must be mature students who can answer questions of other psychology majors
and provide guidance. The peer advisors should be interested in psychology, able to interact well with others and last,
but not least, be reliable and responsible.

Length of time you have known the applicant: _______________________

Capacity in which you have known the applicant: ___________________________________________

Please indicate your rating for each characteristic which follows. Use the rating scale:
    5 outstanding       4 very good       3 adequate        2 below average      1 poor
                       Comments are appreciated and please explain any 1 or 2 ratings.

        _____ Gets along well with others

        _____ Completes work/tasks on time

        _____ Is punctual

        _____ Seems interested in the field of psychology

        _____ Has good oral communication skills

        _____ Acts appropriately in setting

        _____ Seeks direction when needed

        _____ Accepts feedback readily

        _____ Realizes responsibility for influence of actions on others

        _____ Rarely misses work/class/volunteer activity


Printed name of Recommender ___________________________ Position _________________

Agency/institution ________________________ Phone number _________________________
                                                                      (Area Code)

Address ______________________________________________________________________

                                        Signature _______________________________________

                            PLEASE PLACE IN ENVELOPE, SEAL AND SIGN ACROSS FLAP
                        APPLICATION FOR PEER ADVISING (PSYCHOLOGY 406A AND 406B)

Prerequisites:
   Peer advisors must be Psychology majors or pre-majors eligible to be majors at the end of the current semester.
   At the time of application, nine upper-division psychology units must be completed or underway. Priority will be given to
    applicants who have completed PSY 210, 220, 301 and some upper division psychology work. All applicants must have
    completed both 210 and 220 by the end of the semester in which they apply and have completed or be enrolled in PSY
    301 for the current or upcoming semester.
   Overall GPA of 2.75; Psychology GPA of 3.0, higher GPAs will be given priority.
   Two letters of recommendation attesting to the reliability and responsibility of the applicant. At least one of the letters
    should come from a CSULB psychology faculty member.
   Ease in interacting with peers.
   Availability one week prior to start of upcoming semester, the upcoming semester and the semester immediately
    thereafter (one-year commitment).

Name ____________________________ CSULB ID ______________________________

Phone number where you can receive message (                ) __________________________________

Address ________________________________ City and zip code ______________________

Total number of units completed __________ Overall GPA ___________ PSY GPA ________

Expected date of graduation ________ Email ___________________________________

Please list all psychology courses completed. (Attach extra sheet if necessary.)
    COURSE               WHERE TAKEN            WHEN            INSTRUCTOR                        GRADE
PSY 100
PSY 210
PSY 220
PSY 301
PSY
PSY
PSY
PSY
PSY

Please list all psychology courses in progress.
     COURSE              WHERE TAKING                     INSTRUCTOR                 EXPECTED GRADE
PSY
PSY
PSY
PSY
PSY

Briefly describe your career goal(s).




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Have you done any volunteer work? If so, describe.




Please describe your work history, briefly.




Why do you want to be a peer advisor?




Why do you think you would be a good peer advisor?




Is there any other information you think is relevant to your selection as a peer advisor?




How many units do you expect to take next semester? ___________
How many hours per week do you expect to work next semester? _________
What other major time commitments do you have for the coming year?
   (i.e., family responsibilities, volunteer organizations, etc.)




     Turn in your completed application to the Psychology Department (PSY 100). Arrange for an interview by signing up at
Psychology Room 108. When selecting a time for the interview, allow enough time so that you can bring your two completed letters
of recommendation (each in a sealed envelope with a signature across the flap) to the interview.

                                  Early applicants who qualify will be given priority.

				
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