The University of Arizona

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

CALS Peer Mentors

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Peer Assistance for Leadership and Student Success (PALS)

The Peer Mentor program - CALS PALS - is designed to allow participants to develop advanced skills in building rapport and individual coaching. 


Peer mentors utilize leadership, communication, problem solving and critical thinking skills, as well as relationship skills to assist CALS students with the adjustment required for a successful transition to the University.  Peer Mentors receive on-going training and coaching by attending weekly meetings.  Mentors learn to provide support, information and guidance to their student mentees with the goal of better preparing them to be academically and developmentally successful.


The program promotes college-level engagement by introducing incoming and at-risk students to institutional and student support services as well as other available opportunities. The mentors assist with increasing retention by alleviating initial isolation, increasing student involvement and interaction, and providing the student with additional encouragement and inspiration.  Mentors are required to submit assignments on the following: personal and developmental learning goals; monthly student reports; progress reports on student interactions; reaction paper on an article pertaining to mentorship; reflection paper on their experience; and a time record log. 


Students interested in the peer mentor program can apply in March/April or October/November during priority registration for the upcoming term.  An online application, resume and cover letter are required.


*Application for Fall 2018-Spring 2019 now available! Apply today

Fall 2018 application is due by July 20 (extended deadline)


For further information contact:

Nancy Rodriguez-Lorta, Sr. Director of Academic Advising and Student Services 


Forbes 203


Amanda Armendariz, Sr. Academic Advisor I


Forbes 203




Meet the Spring 2018 CALS PALS Peer Mentors:


Angel Holloway Nutritional Sciences
Debbie Ocansey Nutritional Sciences and Public Health
Guillermo Garcia Family Studies and Human Development
Hannah Luecht Family Studies and Human Development
Izee Adams Nutritional Sciences
Katelyn Woodring Veterinary Sciences, Animal and Biomedical Industries
Marisol Valdivia-Mier Microbiology
Raman Kaur Nutritional Sciences 
Ryan Valdez Plant Sciences and Literacy, Learning, and Leadership
Taylor Wahl Nutritional Sciences