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PSY 4951: Peer Advising


Volunteering as a Peer Advisor in the Psychology Advising Center (PAC) is a great way to gain valuable experience while exploring and developing a useful skillset. You will receive upper-division psychology credit (4000 level) while advising students on degree completion, career choices, academic resources, and more.

Advising in the PAC provides opportunities to learn about graduate school, conduct small research projects, organize events, speak to groups, and complete other projects relevant to department and student life in general. Peer advising can be especially enriching for psychology students who have career goals in counseling, clinical, or therapy type settings. As a Peer Advisor you will gain unique experience in listening, communicating, working as a cross-functional team member, and in developing overall confidence and efficacy in yourself and others.

Each semester, Peer Advisors in the PAC will have an opportunity to participate in a service project (one in the fall and one in the spring). Service projects are a great way to boost your graduation application and/or resume, and you may have an opportunity to help coordinate the projects.

To be a Peer Advisor, you must commit to 4 or 5 credits over two semesters (2 credits during your first semester and 2-3 credits in your second semester). Approximately 4 students are selected to be Peer Advisors each year and they begin training in Fall or Summer semesters. Please Note: Summer training is limited to one student.

If you are interested in becoming a Peer Advisor, please visit the PAC Office and/or fill out the application and arrange for two recommendations to be in by April 3rd, 2017. At least one recommendation must be from an academic source.

Course Syllabus & Application Forms


Current Peer Advisors

Christian Carlson

Christian Carlson

I am a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies. I plan on attending a graduate school to obtain a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. I am on the University of Utah club water polo team and love any sort of water sport as long as the water isn’t frozen. I enjoy trying new restaurants, spending time with my friends and family, as well as being outdoors.

Steve Welsh

Steve Welsh

I am a senior here at the U majoring in Psychology and minoring in leadership studies. I am from Roosevelt, Utah and I am also a transfer student. I started my collegiate career at SUU and decided it was not the place for me. I transferred to the U and felt at home immediately. Go Utes! I enjoy doing anything outdoors. I love being active and living a healthy lifestyle! I love giving back and helping with youth as well. I will be graduating in the spring and plan on attending graduate school here at the U for school counseling. Once graduated fully, I intend on building a career as a high school counselor and coach. I am so excited for this opportunity to act as a peer advisor for the Psychology department. Please feel free to stop by and say hello!

Tyson Florence

Tyson Florence

I am both a transfer and non-traditional student, and I am thrilled to be in my final year of undergraduate work here at the University of Utah. In addition to completing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, I am also finishing certificates in Entrepreneurship, Human Factors, and Positive Psychology. While attending the University of Utah I’ve had the fortune of serving as an officer in Psi Chi and PSAC; completed two internships; and worked as a Research Assistant for several semesters. I am passionate about enhancing efficiency, productivity, and enjoyment for individuals and organizations; and plan to pursue a graduate degree and career in the field of Industrial/Organizational Psychology. I am thrilled to have an opportunity to work as a Peer Advisor during the 2016 – 2017 academic year, and hope my experience, knowledge, and skill set will help you achieve your academic and career goals.

Last Updated: 3/3/17