Supporting students, mentors, and instructors engaged in research.

Emerging Scholars - 2nd year Application

We will be able to support some of our Emerging Scholars for a 2nd academic year. Emerging Scholars and mentors should meet to discuss whether they have time and interest in continuing to work together for the next academic year. This discussion should include:

  • The number of hours per week of work the mentor has available
  • The number of hours per week the student can manage given their fall courseload and other commitments
  • The project or tasks that the student will work on. Will this change or stay the same as this year?

After having this discussion, the student should fill out this webform to indicate their interest in continuing. If you are interested in serving as a peer mentor for the new class of Emerging Scholars, please fill out the second part of the form. We will let you know by the end of finals week whether we are able to support you for a second year as an Emerging Scholar and/or as a peer mentor.

Participation in Emerging Scholars is contingent upon accepting a federal work study award for next year. Be sure you have logged into Enroll & Pay and have reviewed and accepted any financial aid you are interested in accepting. The typical Federal Work Study award for a second year student is $4500, however each student's financial aid package is different. Second year Emerging Scholars will be paid $11/hour. Students could work up to 409 hours total, or about 13 hours per week for 30 weeks. These 13 hours could all be spent doing research or may be split with 5 hours spent as a peer mentor and 8 hours per week working on research. Hours per week will vary depending on the student's Federal Work Study Award and/or start date.

Student Information

Please provide a phone number where we can reach you over the summer and during the fall semester

Peer Mentors

We will need a subset of continuing Emerging Scholars to serve as peer mentors for the incoming class of Emerging Scholars. Peer mentors will be asked to divide their work hours between their research and peer mentoring tasks.  All work hours will be paid $11/hr. Of your 13 hours of work per week, we expect about 5 hours per week to be devoted to peer mentoring on the following tasks:

  • Hold regular office hours on campus for students to drop by with questions
  • Attend group meetings for first year Emerging Scholars
  • Keep in contact with your group of up to 10 students via email, text, group chat, etc (you know this better than us - we're old!)
  • Schedule and hold monthly individual meetings with your group of 10 students
  • Meet regularly with staff to discuss upcoming plans
  • Contact staff with any concerns about your 10 students so that staff can meet with them quickly
  • Plan monthly academic and/or professional outings on campus for your group of 10 students. These outings should help the students develop professionally and or connect them with important campus resources. We have some ideas in mind, but will be interested to hear your ideas as well. For example, you might visit the Natural History Museum for a tour and information about the research going on there. Or you might do a walking tour of helpful university offices.

If you have any questions about the peer mentor role, ask Dyan for more information. You can email her at or call 785-864-5735

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