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Biology Students Share Value of Undergraduate Peer Mentors in Science at Local Conference

Several Hiram College students recently participated at the inaugural “Innovative Models for Outdoor Programs” conference at Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron.

Emily Anderson ’15, biology major from Morgantown, W. Va., Ryan Astalos ’14, biology major from Aurora, and Brian Zilla ’14, biology major from Canton, presented a poster and breakout session at the conference, sponsored by the Ohio State University College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, on March 28, 2014. Denny Taylor, professor of biology, and Sonya Wisdom, assistant professor at Kent State University, also attended.

The group presented “Undergraduate Near-Peer Mentors – Reversing Roles of Students and Teachers,” a showcase of findings from the Igniting Streams of Learning in Science (ISLS) program. The students demonstrated the important role that undergraduates can play as near-peer mentors to high school students and teachers. By taking on leadership roles with students and teachers, undergraduates can help foster positive attitudes about the environment, while improving learning standards in science.

Danae Wolf ’09, a former ISLS near-peer mentor and current employee of the Ohio State University Extension in Summit County, was on the conference committee.

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