Academic Support Programs
The Biology Mentor Program offers a biology community among undergraduate students. The mentor program helps students feel welcomed into their biology classes and keeps them on track for introductory biology courses and beyond. Mentors offer support and tutoring to undergraduates enrolled in Biology courses, and both mentor and mentee positions are open to all majors.
A variety of biology courses are supported by Supplemental Instruction (SI), a set of weekly group review sessions that are run by students selected and trained by the professor and the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning. SI leaders have recently taken the course and earned high grades, and schedule the weekly sessions for students to compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, work problems, and predict test items in informal review sessions. SI is used in historically difficult courses and is open to all students. National statistics on the effectiveness of SI sessions clearly indicate that students who participated regularly in SI sessions earned higher grades than those who did not participate in SI sessions.