Peer Leading

Course Description

The purpose of this course (CHM 3941) is to prepare and support you in your efforts to become an effective peer leader for small groups of general chemistry students. You will lead the students through activities designed to improve their understanding of the chemistry topics covered in the lecture or through videos watched outside of class. Your role is not to teach or tutor these students, but rather to guide them through collaborative learning activities.

The Peer Leading course involves a review of the topics the students are learning. The students and you will be working on developing or improving skills in information processing, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, management, teamwork, and assessment.


  • Strengthen leadership experience
  • Development of oral communication and facilitation skills
  • Collaboration and teamwork skill building
  • Review of chemistry concepts
  • Serve as a mentor and a role model for general chemistry students
  • Establish positive relationships with faculty and peers
  • Enhance transferrable skills related to your personal and professional goals
  • Receive undergraduate credit


All Biomedical Sciences Majors can use CHM 3941: Peer Leading to count towards their Tier 2 Upper-Level Chemistry, Tier 2 Upper Level Chemistry or Biology or Tier 2 Upper-Level Additional Biomedical Electives Course Requirements.

Students still needing clarification about eligibility can email the advisors, please include your full name, U# , and major in the body of your email along with your question.

For majors outside of Biomedical Sciences:
Please be sure to check with your academic advisor to determine how Peer Leading credits will count toward your degree requirements (ex. major elective, 42-hr rule, etc...).

Application Process

Requirements to be eligible for Chemistry Peer Leading

All students interested in peer leading will need to have completed General Chemistry I (CHM 2045) and General Chemistry II (CHM 2046) with a grade of B or better in both courses. Students currently enrolled in General Chemistry II can also apply. Interested students should complete the online application (see below).

Course Time General Chemistry

General Chemistry 1

Applicants for Fall 2023 must be available throughout the semester for each of the following.

One of these: Wednesdays from 5 PM to 7:45 PM or Thursdays from 5 PM to 7:45PM


One of these: Fridays from 8 AM to 10:20 AM or Fridays from 11 AM to 1:20 PM.

General Chemistry 2
Applicants for Fall 2023 must be available throughout the semester on Tuesdays from 11 AM to 12:15 PM


on Thursdays from 9:30 AM to 12:15 PM.

General Chemistry Peer Leader Application

The General Chemistry Peer Leader Application will open on Monday, March 20.

The application will close on Friday, March 24.
For peer leaders who want to be considered for working with General Chemistry 2 students, you will need to complete a diagnostic.

The diagnostic will take no longer than 25 minutes and will be offered:

Tuesday, March 21 at 10 AM in CHE 301

Wednesday, March 22 at 2:30 PM in CHE 301

Thursday, March 23 at 12 PM in CHE 301

Friday, March 24 at 2 PM in CHE 111.

You only need to attend one of these times and should bring a calculator and a pencil to the diagnostic. 

Here is the link to the General Chemistry Peer Leader Qualtrics: https://usf.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dptelk6BYtwDj14 

Organic Chemistry Peer Leader Application

The Organic Chemistry Peer Leader Application is now open for Fall 2023 with Dr. Kimberly Fields.   Dr. Fields will keep the application open until all positions are filled. She will then have another round of aceptence letters once grades are in for Spring 2023 to fill the remaining positions. 

Students need an A+ (or high A) in Organic Chemistry II to apply. 

Here is the link to the Organic Chemistry Peer Leader Qualtrics:



Faculty Information
Ushiri Kulatunga (Peer Leading for General Chemistry 1)
Associate Professor of Instruction
Department of Chemistry
Office: SCA 425

Scott Lewis (Peer Leading for General Chemistry 2)
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
Office: CHE 202B

Kim Fields (Peer Leading for Organic Chemistry)
Associate Professor of Instruction
Department of Chemistry
Office: BSF 301

Advisor Information

If you have questions or need clarification about requirements, credit hours, credits towards degree or other concerns, feel free to contact ChemAdvise@usf.edu. Please put "Peer Leading" in the subject line of your email and include your full name, U# , and major in the body of your email along with your question. Questions about the status of your application should be directed to faculty.