University of South Florida
Tampa | St. Petersburg | Sarasota-Manatee
New students on the Tampa and Sarasota-Manatee campus will register for IDH 2930 – Honors Foundations and will meet during the fall semester with a small group of Honors peers, led by
a peer mentor. A peer mentor is an upper-class Honors student enrolled in the Judy
Genshaft Honors College, specifically hired to share the Honors experience with incoming
first-year students. The class is discussion-based, covering many topics that apply
to both the Judy Genshaft Honors College and USF university life as a whole. In this
class, peer mentors share their personal experiences and provide important information
and resources for success.
This class is zero credits and has no tuition charge, but will be reflected on transcripts.
It is required for first-year admits as part of the Judy Genshaft Honors College Curriculum.
If you have any questions about the peer mentor position or Honors Foundations, please
e-mail Mr. Kevin Lee, Program Director for Honors Foundations & Retention Initiatives
Grace Beilman EnglishMinors in Education and Queer and Sexuality Studies
I became a peer mentor because I want to become a teacher in the future, and this
was the perfect way to gain experience!
Emily Hoffman Biomedical Sciences
I became a peer mentor because I know that the transition into college life can be
a difficult one, and I want to help guide students into life at USF so that they can
learn about all that it has to offer and find community in the Honors College!
Martin Ladjimi Biomedical Sciences and Psychology
As a peer mentor, I truly pride myself in building a sense of community among new
Honors College students through the Honors Foundations course!
Julia Llanos Biomedical SciencesMinor in Environmental Health
I became a peer mentor because I wanted to help connect students to opportunities
so they could explore their interests and further their passions.
Nicole Nagib Biomedical Sciences
I became a peer mentor because I wanted to replicate the support I received as a first-year
from my PM!
Audra Nikolajski English and Political ScienceMinor in Global Studies in Education
I became a peer mentor because I care deeply about aiding students in reaching their
full potential in the Judy Genshaft Honors College as well as helping them build connections,
make friends, and enjoy their time here.
Shivani Padhye Cell and Molecular Biology and Chemistry
The best part about being a peer mentor is meeting new students and giving them the
courage to try and accomplish all their goals. It is really rewarding at the end when
they were able to join a club or become a part of a research opportunity after encouragement
from their peer mentor!
Lalith Roopesh Biomedical SciencesMinors in Psychology and Biomedical Physics
I became a peer mentor because I enjoy seeing the people around me succeed, and I
want to help students navigate the intricacies of both college and professional life.
Amber Whitmer PsychologyMinors in Public Health and Deaf Studies
I became a peer mentor in an attempt to connect with first-year students and help
them in ways I know I needed help/guidance, and the most amazing part about being
a PM is experiencing each student’s unique perspective and learning from them!
Applications to become a peer mentor are now closed and will be open again February