F.J. Talley, Ph.D.
DeSousa-Brent Scholars excel in the classroom and beyond.
Scholars host annual visits to high schools and community centers in Maryland and Washington, DC, to promote St. Mary's to talented high school students.
Peer mentors act as role models for DeSousa-Brent Scholars and serve as resource persons both in and out of class. They guide new students in making the transition to college life, serve as classroom assistants, and organize special events.
Each spring, the DeSousa-Brent Scholars Program invites applications for three categories of peer mentorship:
CORE/First-Year Seminar Peer Mentor
(Three positions. Open to all St. Mary's juniors and seniors)
Advanced undergraduate students can apply to be Peer Mentors for the First Year Seminars (CORE 101). Core Peer Mentors help plan seminars, facilitate "5th Hour" events, and provide an advanced student perspective within the Seminars. The mentors meet as a group several times during the semester with the Dean of the Core Curriculum and First Year Experience. They receive academic credit by concurrently enrolling in CORE401: Peer Mentoring Practicum.
The Dean of the Core Curriculum and First Year Experience solicits applications by February each year. Students apply by submitting a letter that details their interest, class standing, GPA, and other qualifications; a résumé, and one faculty reference.
DeSousa-Brent Peer Mentor
(Three positions. Open to sophomore DeSousa-Brent Scholars)
DeSousa-Brent Peer Mentors are an integral part of the DeSousa-Brent Scholars Program because they serve as a liaison between the College, faculty, and first-year DeSousa-Brent Scholars. Like the CORE Peer Mentors, the DB Peer Mentors help lead classroom discussions and provide an advanced student perspective within seminars; however, they also provide crucial social support, being Scholars who have themselves just completed their first year at St. Mary's. They receive academic credit by concurrently enrolling in DBSP301: DeSousa-Brent Mentor I and DBSP302: DeSousa-Brent Mentor II.
DeSousa-Brent Peer Mentors must be full-time students in good academic standing (minimum 2.5 GPA). They should be knowledgeable about the campus, have strong oral and written communication skills, and be enthusiastic about St. Mary’s.
DeSousa-Brent Summer Bridge Mentor
(Several positions. Open to all DeSousa-Brent Scholars)
Like the Peer Mentors, DeSousa-Brent Summer Bridge Mentors are integral to the DeSousa-Brent Scholars Program because they are the first to welcome first-year Scholars to St. Mary's. Summer mentors help with Scholar recruitment and Summer Bridge programming (including fall registration and transportation to Bridge). They also host events for new Scholars to help them acclimate to student life. Summer mentors receive training, housing, a meal plan, and a modest stipend.
DeSousa-Brent Summer Orientation Mentors must be full-time students in good academic standing. They should be knowledgeable about the campus, have good communication skills, and be enthusiastic about St. Mary’s.
For CORE Peer Mentorships, contact the DeSousa-Brent faculty member with whom you would like to work.
For DeSousa-Brent Peer and Summer Bridge Mentorships, follow the links below to the position description and the application. Submit applications to Sybol Anderson (email@example.com) by Friday, March 29, at 5 p.m. Interviews will be held in mid-April.