Peer Academic Advisers (PAA) provide first and second year students in the A.B. program with informal mentoring and advice concerning academic programs. Visit the Forbes Advising Network to see a complete listing of Peer Academic Advisers. B.S.E interactors are selected through a similar process in the School of Engineering and Applied Science to assist students in the B.S.E. program. By sharing reflections and anecdotes based on personal experience peer advisers provide first and second year students with a wealth of information that often complements the guidance provided by faculty advisers, departmental representatives, and residential college deans and directors of studies.
PAAs are recruited from a variety of departments, and offer advice on such topics as course selection, balancing academic and non-academic interests, study abroad, academic support, and progress toward the selection of a major. Each college selects a team of peer advisors roughly equivalent to their team of faculty advisors, attempting to achieve balance across the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Forbes peer academic advisers are featured on the Forbes Advising Network with information about their academic plans and interests to facilitate informal communication between peer advisers and Forbes residents. Training sessions and a listserve for Forbes peer advisers are organized by the director of studies to ensure that peer advisers receive accurate and up-to-date information concerning general academic advising issues. Because peer advisers are selected based on their strong academic record and committment to mentoring, they are also encouraged to participate in the peer tutoring program, which provides individualized, subject-specific support to students enrolled in introductory-level courses. Please contact Forbes director of studies, Patrick Caddeau, at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information concerning the program.