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Research Rookies Peer Mentors

Research Rookies peer mentors are meant to serve as guides and resources for first-year Research Rookies. Peer mentors are expected to nurture an unbiased, unprejudiced and open environment that will strengthen the social and professional support system and knowledge base of first-year Research Rookies.


Peer mentors are responsible for:

  • Assisting with questions or concerns from small-group members
  • Obtaining progress reports from small-group members
  • Coordinating one group activity per month with small-group members
  • Notifying OSEEL staff of any issues with small-group members


Peer mentors must meet the following qualifications:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher
  • Have completed one year of Research Rookies
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively with first-year students
  • Be able to serve as a positive role model for first-year students

Apply to be a peer mentor!

Please check back in the spring for the Research Rookies peer mentor application. For more information about the role and responsibilities of a Research Rookies peer mentor, contact OSEEL at

Meet the 2017-2018 Peer Mentors

Nicholas Casas
Public Administration and Finance
Bartlett, Illinois


Jessica Gall
Biological Sciences
Oak Lawn, Illinois


Alexia Kingzette
Lyons, Illinois
Mentor: David Valentiner

Anita Latgnotha
Biological Sciences
Streamwood, Illinois
Mentor" Linda Yasui

Emili Mikolajczyk
Rehabilitation Services
Berwyn, Illinois
Mentor: Matthew Sprong

Paula Moraga
Professional Physics
Concepcion, Chile
Mentor: Laurence Lurio

Aspen Wheeler
Geology and Chemistry
Pocatello, Idaho

Jocelyn Zambrano
Woodstock, Illinois
Mentor: Julia Ogg

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