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Biosciences Peer Mentoring Program

Mission Statement

The Biosciences Peer Mentoring Program (BioPeers) provides free and private peer-to-peer support for the Biosciences graduate student community. BioPeers are graduate students in their second year or higher who have volunteered to help their peers cope with the feelings of stress, inadequacy, or uncertainty that are often experienced during graduate school. BioPeers are trained to provide nonjudgmental support through listening, informal counseling techniques, and campus and community referrals.

The BioPeers program is intended to supplement and refer, not to replace, professional mental health counseling and support services such as those offered on campus through CAPS and The Bridge.

For a comprehensive list of resources available to Biosciences students, visit our Health and Wellness Resources page.

Contact a BioPeers Mentor Now! Visit https://biosciences.stanford.edu/contact/biopeers-mentors.html.

Program Structure

The Biosciences Peer Mentoring program is sponsored by the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs and managed by the Office of Graduate Education. Peer Mentors are selected from among the Biosciences departments and home programs and serve for a minimum of one year. Members of the inaugural cohort of Peer Mentors will help to guide the development and implementation of the program. All Peer Mentors report to Monica Devlin, Assistant Director of Graduate Education.

Peer Mentor Role and Eligibility

The Office of Graduate Education accepts applications for new peer mentors during Spring quarter. If you would like to nominate a Biosciences student for the Peer Mentor role, please contact Monica Devlin (mkdevlin@stanford.edu) with the nominee's name, department or program affiliation, and 1-2 sentences about why you think this person would be a good fit for the role. Nominees will be contacted by the Office of Graduation and invited to apply.

Eligibility:

  • Will be a second year trainee or higher in the upcoming academic year.
  • Able to attend mandatory training sessions - dates and times TBA.
  • With provided training and support, able to meet the following program expectations:

Expectations:

  • Respectful of peers' privacy
  • Availability and flexibility to meet with peers and to attend required meetings per the program time commitment
  • Able to make a minimum one year commitment to the program
  • Awareness of Stanford and School of Medicine resources
  • Understanding of and respect for diverse and marginalized student identities
  • Listens and seeks to understand rather than immediately solve students' challenges

Time Commitment:

Because this is a volunteer leadership position, the time commitment of this program is intended to be minimal and as flexible as possible. BioPeers will participate in one half-day mini-retreat and training during summer 2016 and monthly, one-hour meetings during the months of September through June each academic year. A quarterly "Meet the Mentors" open house will be scheduled based on all participants' availability during autumn, winter, and spring quarters, inviting students from all Biosciences programs to socialize and informally meet the BioPeers. In addition to these required meetings and events, Peer Mentors should anticipate the time commitment to be minimal, at 1-2 hours per week.

For more information about BioPeers, contact Monica Devlin at mkdevlin@stanford.edu or 650-725-0537.

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