Peer Mentors

The Peer Mentor Program is designed to help new BIS students become acquainted with the BIS program, support those further along in their degrees, and foster a sense of community by hosting events and aiding in the New Student Orientation. As a student run organization, the Peer Mentor Program unifies peers as a community of thriving and successful students, and is guided by the foundational principles of the University of Virginia: honor, trust, integrity and respect.

The Structure of Peer Mentors and How it Works
Each fall, the BIS staff appoints an Associate Peer Mentor who helps with communication and coordination of Peer Mentor activities. In turn, each BIS location is overseen by a Lead Peer Mentor who helps recruit and train Peer Mentors at the specific location. When new students enter BIS, they are assigned to a Peer Mentor before classes begin.

Duties of a BIS Peer Mentor
In addition to assisting their mentees, the responsibilities of BIS Peer Mentors include:

  • attending all required Peer Mentor meetings and events
  • participating in New Student Orientation (for spring and fall semesters)
  • responding in a timely manner to requests from mentees via email and phone

To become a Peer Mentor a BIS student must:

  • Submit a Peer Mentor Application and Agreement
  • Be in good standing in the BIS Program
  • Have successfully completed a minimum of 12 credits or 2 semesters
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in BIS
  • Commit to a full academic year and be prepared to devote about 30 hours to the program.

If you are interested in serving as a Peer Mentor, please contact Julie May at