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 1
Applicants for Spring 2021 must be available on Thursdays from 5 PM to 7:45 PM AND on Fridays from 8:00 AM to 10:20 AM or 11 AM to 1:20 PM.

General Chemistry 2
Applicants for Spring 2021 must be available on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM.

Peer Leader Application

The Peer Leader Application is now open. The application will close on October 23rd at 5:00PM. To be a CHM 2046 Peer Leader there will be an online assessment through Canvas between Oct. 19-25th. *There will not be an online assessment for the CHM 2045 Peer Leader Application.*

Here is the link to the Qualtics: https://usf.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_57QLCYYCp4sUImN 

CHM 2046 Peer Leader Online Assessment Link: https://usflearn.instructure.com/enroll/8KYC6F 


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

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

Advisor Information

If you have questions or need clarification about requirements, credit hours, credits towards degree or other concerns, feel free to contact Ashley Sowell or Paige Romero 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.