Become a PAL

The ALLIES in STEM Center provides opportunities for STEM Scholars to hold positions as Peer Academic Leaders (PALs).

Every semester, students may apply for open positions for Student Workers, Peer Tutors, and Supplemental Instruction Leaders. We also hire every spring semester for Peer Mentors and paid internship and research positions.

Click each icon below to learn more about each of our PAL opportunities! Come visit the ALLIES Center (3215 Pioneer Ave) to talk with the ALLIES staff about the PAL positions.

For summer research and internship opportunities, click here!


Peer Mentor Position

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The goal of the ALLIES in STEM Peer Mentor position is to help support each of ALLIES in STEM's cohort of first year STEM Scholars. Peer Mentors are valuable academic, professional, and social resources to our STEM Scholars and are vital to their success at Cal Lutheran. 

Funding
  • Students selected as Peer Mentors will receive:
    • An hourly wage (75 hours max) during that respective year's STEM Academy (Annually in July).
    • Contigent upon government funding: the Peer Mentor will receive an hourly student employee position as a peer mentor during the Cal Lutheran academic year.
Eligibility
  • Must be majoring in a discipline within the Natural Sciences Division.
  • Student must have completed an approved research experience prior to their start as a Peer Mentor.
  • Priority is given to students who completed the STEM Academy (i.e. STEM Scholars) or have worked as Peer Academic Leaders for the ALLIES in STEM program.
  • All students who identify as Hispanic/Latinx, and/or Low-Income and/or other underrepresented are highly encouraged to apply. 
  • Students must be returning to the university in the fall & spring semesters. Graduating seniors are not eligible.
Requirements & Expectations
  • Must Complete have completed an approved research experience prior to their start as a Peer Mentor.
  • Must attend the annual Peer Academic Leader Retreat
  • Must attend the ALLIES in STEM Cultural Proficiency & Academic Mindset Development trainings.
  • Peer Mentors are required to check-in regularly and file reports in order to better  guide their STEM Scholar mentees throughout the STEM Scholars' first academic year.
  • During the academic year, you will be asked to develop and lead one Academic Mindset Workshop per semester.
  • Address problems and concerns with the program supervisor immediately
  • Maintain confidentiality as required by FERPA and departmental guidelines
  • Approach students having difficulties with empathy and positive regard
How to Apply
  1. Talk with Dr. Lorenzo Ramirez or Brook Masters (OPAL Coordinator) to discuss the Peer Mentor position.
  2. Fill out an ALLIES Peer Mentor application:
  3. If you will be completing the research requirement, the same summer as the Peer Mentor role, then youreligibility will depend on whether you participate in your research opportunity.
Decision Process

All applications for ALLIES Peer Mentors will be reviewed by ALLIES in STEM professional team.

Applications will be evaluated on the following items:

  • Benefit to the student's major and future career interests.
  • Experience with mentoring and guiding students.
  • Students will be selected for individual interviews. Students who make it to the next round will participate in group interviews.
  • Status as an ALLIES in STEM Scholar and/or Peer Academic Leader will be given priority.
  • Students that self-identify as Hispanic/Latinx and/or Low-Income and/or Other Underrepresented groups will be given priority.
  • The bulk of your research must be completed before the start of the STEM Academy (July)
  • Must attend trainings prior to the start of the STEM Academy
  • Function as a Peer Mentor (live on campus) during the 3-week STEM Academy & get paid an hourly wage.
  • Participate in the Student Research Symposium & Festival of Scholars
  • During the academic year, you will  assist with workshops, events, trainings, & meetings to support first-year STEM Scholars

Supplemental Instruction Leader Position

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a peer-facilitated learning support strategy designed to impact the way students learn difficult content in specific courses. The goal of the ALLIES in STEM Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader position is to help support each of ALLIES in STEM's cohort of first year STEM Scholars. Peer Mentors are valuable academic, professional, and social resources to our STEM Scholars and are vital to their success at Cal Lutheran. 

For the academic year of 2018-2019, SI will be attached to the following courses: BIOL 120 Introduction to Ecology and Populations , BIOL 223 Human Anatomy, and CHEM 151 General Chemistry. 

Funding
  • Students selected as SI Leaders will receive:
    • An hourly student employee position as a SI Leader during the Cal Lutheran academic year.
Eligibility
  • Must be majoring in a discipline within the Natural Sciences Division.
  • Priority is given to students who completed the STEM Academy (i.e. STEM Scholars) or have worked as Peer Academic Leaders for the ALLIES in STEM program.
  • All students who identify as Hispanic/Latinx, and/or Low-Income and/or other underrepresented are highly encouraged to apply. 
  • Students must be returning to the university in the fall & spring semesters. Graduating seniors are not eligible.
  • SI Leaders are selected for their demonstrated academic skill, leadership, character, and ability to communicate well with others. All SI Leader applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the start of the position and for the academic year
    • An A- or higher in the course(s) they wish to lead and have taken the course at California Lutheran University: BIOL 120, BIOL 223, or CHEM 151
    • Submit a letter of recommendation from the partnering professor
    • Embrace and support the philosophy of the program (SI Leaders use facilitation techniques to help session attendees teach and learn from each other and, in contrast to an instructor or DA, do not directly instruct, tutor, or give answers)
    • Enrolled as a current Cal Lutheran undergraduate student, in at least their second year
Requirements & Expectations
  • Newly selected SI Leaders must be able to attend mandatory pre-semester SI leader orientation and training days, including a SI Leader Summit at no cost to the SI Leader
  • Be able to work up to 15 hours a week
  • Submit all required materials of the SI leader application packet (see below)
  • Possess the self-motivation and direction to work independently with limited supervision
  • Have a willingness to be a role model, both academically and socially
  • Ability to uphold professional standards of conduct
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with peers and faculty members
  • Desire to honor the intersectional diversity of all students in support of inclusivity and equity
  • Must attend the ALLIES in STEM Cultural Proficiency & Academic Mindset Development trainings.
  • Address problems and concerns with the program supervisor immediately
  • Maintain confidentiality as required by FERPA and departmental guidelines
  • Approach students having difficulties with empathy and positive regard
How to Apply
  1. Talk with  Brook Masters (OPAL Coordinator) to discuss the SI Leader position.
  2. Fill out an ALLIES SI Leader application
Decision Process

All applications for SI Leader will be reviewed by ALLIES in STEM professional team.

Applications will be evaluated on the following items:

  • Benefit to the student's major and future career interests.
  • Experience with teaching, mentoring, and guiding students.
  • Students will be selected for individual interviews. Students who make it to the next round will participate in group interviews.
  • Status as an ALLIES in STEM Scholar and/or Peer Academic Leader will be given priority.
  • Students that self-identify as Hispanic/Latinx and/or Low-Income and/or Other Underrepresented groups will be given priority.

Peer Tutor Position

As members of the ALLIES in STEM Center staff, Peer Tutors work with students on an individual basis to answer questions on course content and to provide study strategies to aid in the mastery of course content. Peer Tutors are knowledgeable in different study skill techniques and STEM subject areas, committed to academic achievement, patient while working with STEM students from diverse backgrounds, and recognized as leaders within the STEM departments. Peer Tutors are highly respected contributors to the ALLIES in STEM Center and the Cal Lutheran community, and will receive exceptional training and professional development through the OPAL program.

Funding
  • Students selected as SI Leaders will receive:
    • An hourly student employee position as a SI Leader during the Cal Lutheran academic year.
Eligibility
  • Must be majoring in a discipline within the Natural Sciences Division.
  • All students who identify as Hispanic/Latinx, and/or Low-Income and/or other underrepresented are highly encouraged to apply. 
  • Students must be returning to the university in the fall & spring semesters. Graduating seniors are not eligible.
  • Peer Tutors are expected to have extensive knowledge of the subject(s) they wish to tutor and the ability to communicate that knowledge to their peers. All individuals in the Peer Tutor position must meet all departmental requirements, along with the following minimum ALLIES in STEM requirements:

    • Sophomore, Junior, or Senior in good academic and disciplinary standing
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the start of the position and for the academic year
    • B+ or higher in the course(s) they wish to tutor
    • Possess a commitment to ongoing personal growth and development
    • Ability to uphold professional standards of conduct
    • Demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills
    • Ability to work well both independently and collaboratively with peers and faculty members
    • Positive instructor referral/recommendation for the course(s) they wish to tutor
    • Desire to honor the intersectional diversity of all students in support of inclusivity and equity
Requirements & Expectations
  • Must attend the ALLIES in STEM Cultural Proficiency & Academic Mindset Development trainings.
  • Serve one hour of tutoring each week in the ALLIES in STEM Center (at minimum), in addition to any tutoring offered in designated departmental spaces
  • Serve as ambassadors of the ALLIES in STEM Center; follow all rules when using the campus facilities, including the ALLIES in STEM Center,  Pearson Library, Ullman Commons, and the Ahmanson Atrium
  • Attend all training sessions for ALLIES Peer Academic Leaders, as well as Peer Tutor specific trainings (paid at established hourly rate)
  • Attend monthly staff meetings &  monthly one-on-one evaluation meetings
  • Be punctual for all scheduled tutoring sessions; if an absence is unavoidable, notify the supervisor ahead of time
  • Use the WCOnline ALLIES in STEM Learning Center platform to track student usage of your tutoring hours
  • Provide individualized content and skill-development tutoring to assigned students (tutees)
  • Make appropriate student referrals to university offices, departments, or professionals, when necessary
  • Maintain accurate records and return reports of tutoring sessions in a timely manner
  • Practice sensitivity, respect, and understanding in alignment with the values of the ALLIES in STEM Center and California Lutheran University
  • Greet students in a warm, welcoming manner
  • Address problems and concerns with the program supervisor immediately
  • Maintain confidentiality as required by FERPA and departmental guidelines
  • Approach students having difficulties with empathy and positive regard
  • Understand and impart the concepts of Academic Mindset Development to students
  • Assist tutees to become better learners, better writers, and more successful students. It is important that both the tutor and the tutee understand that the program is not designed as a service for tutees to find an “answer person” who will do their work for them
  • Peer Tutors are not expected to know all the answers; however, they are expected to know their strengths and limitations, be honest about their abilities and seek assistance from their supervisor when needed
  • During the academic year, you will  assist with workshops, events, trainings, & meetings to support first-year STEM Scholars
How to Apply
  1. Talk with Brook Masters (OPAL Coordinator) to discuss the Peer Tutor position.
  2. Fill out an ALLIES Peer Tutor application upon approval from department's office you wish to tutor for.
Decision Process

All applications for ALLIES Peer Tutors will be reviewed by the Office of Peer Assisted Learning (OPAL).

Applications will be evaluated on the following items:

  • Benefit to the student's major and future career interests.
  • Experience with teaching, mentoring and guiding students.
  • Students will be selected for individual interviews. 
  • Status as an ALLIES in STEM Scholar and/or Peer Academic Leader will be given priority.
  • Students that self-identify as Hispanic/Latinx and/or Low-Income and/or Other Underrepresented groups will be given priority.

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