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.

Peer Leading Credit

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 (application site opening soon) and the diagnostic exam.

Course Time 

General Chemistry 1
Applicants for Fall 19 must be available on either Wednesday from 5 PM to 7:45 PM or 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 Fall 19 must be available on Tuesdays from 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM and on Thursdays from 2:00 PM to 4:45 PM.

Diagnostic Requirement

Students must also complete a diagnostic review of Chemistry material. Plan to take 25 minutes for a diagnostic or 50 minutes if you are applying for both CHM 2045 and CHM 2046.

Peer Leading Diagnostic Days and Times:
*Please bring a non-graphing calculator to the diagnostic*

  • Monday, March 25th from 10 AM to 11 AM in CHE 303
  • Tuesday, March 26th from Noon to 1 PM in EDU 257
  • Wednesday, March 27th from 3 PM to 4 PM in EDU 317
  • Thursday, March 28th from 9 AM to 10 AM in CMC 118
  • Friday, March 29th from 9 AM to 10 AM in CHE 303
  • Friday, March 29th from 2 PM to 3 PM in CHE 303

Steps of the Application Process

The Fall 2019 application is now closed. 


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. 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.