HONORS 100 - The Peer Educators

Interested in being a Peer Educator?

Photo collage of the 2016 Honors Peer Educators

Applying to be a Peer Educator

Thank you for your interest in being an Honors 100 Peer Educator! The 2017 Peer Educator application is now open! Honors Peer Educators are integral in welcoming, mentoring and informing incoming Honors students through Honors 100, our one-credit common course. Eager to share your insights about and experiences with our curriculum, community, and resources with new students? Read on to learn more about the role of Peer Educators and our application process.

What are the roles and requirements of Honors PEs?

Honors 100 PEs are leaders in the Honors community by teaching a section of the Honors 100 seminar. They are integral in welcoming, mentoring, and informing incoming Honors students. PEs share insights about and experiences with Honors curriculum, community, and resources with new students.

In addition to leading an Honors 100 section, during both Spring and Autumn quarters, Honors 100 PEs meet weekly with one another and with the Honors 100 instructors to develop their courses collaboratively and to discuss important questions and challenges related to teaching and mentoring. These meetings provide a supportive environment to discuss openly the successes and challenges of leading Honors 100 sections.

The following is required of Honors PEs:

  • Creativity and enthusiasm!

  • Registration in and successful completion of Spring quarter HONORS 397 A (Wednesdays 3:30-4:50, 1/2 credits*). This seminar course will help you develop plans for your sections collaboratively with the support of Honors advisers and your peers.

  • Participation in our Spring Peer Educator retreat in early May (exact dates TBD).

  • Registration in and attendance of Autumn quarter HONORS 397 A (Wednesdays 3:30-4:20, 1/2 credits*). These meetings bring all PEs together to collaborate and share ideas about their cohorts with support of the instructors.

  • Individual time devoted outside of class and meeting times in Autumn quarter for effective preparation of individual HONORS 100 sections.

  • Attendance of all Autumn quarter HONORS 100 lecture sessions (Monday or Tuesday, 3:30-4:50) and instruction of Autumn quarter HONORS 100 section

*Peer Educators earn 3 credits between Spring and Autumn quarters: 1 credit one quarter, 2 the other. PEs may choose which quarter to earn which number of credits.

Application Process

  1. Attend an information session to hear more about the position and get your questions answered: Wednesday, January 4, 3:00pm-4:00pm OR Wednesday, January 12, 4:30-5:30pm, in the Honors Seminar Room (MGH 211B).
  2. Complete the online application by 9AM on Monday, February 6. ​​Please Note: While all applications will be considered, priority is given to juniors and seniors.
  3. The Honors advisers will review and respond to all applications in early February.
  4. If invited to proceed, you will attend a group interview in mid-February. 
  5. All interviewees will be notified of our final decisions by late February, and will be required to confirm their participation and register for the Spring seminar.
  6. Successful completion of the Spring seminar is required to continue in the PE process.
  7. Apply to be a Peer Educator

Questions can be directed to Kim Kraft (kimkraft@uw.edu) or Carissa Mayer (cdmayer@uw.edu).

Past Peer Educators have said...

"It has been fun and scary and exciting and amazing! I have loved it and would recommend it to anyone."

“Being a peer educator has been one of the most eye-opening experiences I have ever had. Our position is unique on campus in that we are both guide and friend to our students during one of the most tumultuous times of their lives. Being able to be that guide and friend was truly an incredible opportunity.”

"Being a Peer Educator has been a great opportunity for me to grow as a leader and explore an interest in education. Additionally, it was a way for me to give back and contribute to a community which has meant so much to me and shaped who I am."

“Being a PE has brought me so much closer to the Honors Program and myself. I\'ve found the experience really rewarding - I made so many connections and helped my students find so many connections as well.”

"It’s given me a new-found appreciation for how past teachers of mine have bent over backwards for me."


2016 Peer Educators

Hi! My name is Anna. I am a senior majoring in Business Administration with a focus in Human Resources Management. I am also minoring in Education, Learning, and Society. This is my third year serving as an Honors Peer Educator and I can’t wait to get started. Some facts about me: I grew up in Ballard and can take one bus to my dad’s house. I am the President of Undergraduate Women in Business. This community has made a huge impact on my Undergrad experience--I've found amazing friends, heard from CEO's of companies, and last year worked with the Executive Team to raise $21,000 for our scholarship fund. I LOVE to travel and was fortunate to study abroad in Berlin through Honors. I play the violin, like to run and read, and one of my favorite parts of my week is going to Cardio Dance class at the gym with my roommate (highly recommend). I look forward to meeting and learning about each of you soon!

Hi everyone! My name is Grace and I am a senior majoring in Biology: Ecology, Evolution and Conservation and minoring in Dance. I can't wait to return to my second year as a Peer Educator and to begin our awesome quarter together!  Since coming to the UW, I have learned and grown an unbelievable amount. I discovered a love for bugs and plants, a strong passion for education and equity within our primary school system, a lot of good books and an equal number of bad ones, some life changing thought shifts thanks to Honors classes, the value of sleep above most other things, and most importantly some zany and truly wonderful people. I am excited to see what you all discover as you begin your journey at our university, and I am grateful to be able to share the awesomeness that is the Honors Program with you.

What's up! My name is Evan and I’m a senior majoring in molecular biology and minoring in music. I’m up here at the UW from the Oakland, CA area to become a scientist and musician and am super stoked to be your peer educator. I’m really into jazz and hip hop, the Seattle music scene, molecular genetics (what I research!), exploring forests, meditation, skateboarding, impactful educational experiences, books about science, and bay area sports teams (Go Warriors!).  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at UW with Honors and look forward to hooking y’all up with all the tips and tricks to making the most of your time here! On behalf of the entire Honors community, welcome to the University of Washington and Go Dawgs!!!

Hey! My name is Katie and I am so excited to be a part of Honors 100 this fall! I am a junior studying Political Science and Law, Societies, & Justice, hoping to pursue law school after undergrad. I am from Everett, WA and love my dog more than just about anything. I also love to travel and spent last summer studying abroad in Montpellier, France. This summer, I stayed local and worked. You will find me making coffee at Starbucks, filing papers at the King County Superior Courthouse, or leading the Fraternity and Sorority life presentation at UW Orientation! Throughout my two years of college so far, the Honors Program has given me so many incredible opportunities for learning and growth inside and outside of the classroom. Coming into the program as a freshman, I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I am looking forward to sharing my Honors experience with you and hope you will come to love this program just as much as I have!

YO! My name is Hailee Herbst and I'm a junior majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, with a hopeful minor in Comparative Religion. I'm extremely excited to meet all of the new freshmen joining the Honors Program, and I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I have so far! I'm from Sandpoint, Idaho, which is basically one giant lake surrounded by trees and mountains. I love being outdoors and spending time hiking, paddle boarding, and generally enjoying fresh air. I spend a lot of my time at Seattle Children's Hospital, where I help out the clinical research team for the Cancer and Blood Disorders Clinic. I love medicine and science, and I'm so pumped about the idea of becoming a doctor myself one day. I also love animals, and I try to pet every dog that walks by me. UW is an amazing school and I'm excited to show everyone all that it has to offer!

Hi! My name is Zaha Wolfe, and I'm extremely excited to be a peer educator! I'm a sophomore from Los Angeles who is planning on majoring in computer science with minors in French, Philosophy, and Math. I've fallen in love with Seattle and the UW community, and am excited to introduce you to one or both of them. The Honors Program has already made a huge impact on my college experience and I hope that it will for you too. So far at UW I've been involved in the University Kayak Club, Swing Kids, Terry Hall Council, Ultimate Frisbee, and so much more! I am quite enthusiastic about everything I do, and I hope that my enthusiasm is contagious enough to help you have a fun time in my class and at the University of Washington!

Hello Hello Hello!! My name is Hannah and I am a senior majoring in general biology and public health.  I am from Bellingham, WA, but love the city and consider Seattle my home! This will be my second year as a Peer Educator and I am so excited to work with and learn from you all! Spending time with my family is my favorite past time and I have three little siblings that I adore more than anything!  I love coffee, Grey's Anatomy, Chandler Bing, eating pizza, knitting, the color orange and the Seattle Seahawks!  I had my first international travel experience last year studying abroad in Berlin through the Honors Program.  I had the most amazing time and already have another Europe trip on the books after graduation and will hopefully make my way down to South America as well! The Honors Program has been one of the most important parts of my undergraduate experience and I am so excited to share it with you all! Welcome to UW!

Hey! My names Aubry and I am a sophomore (hopefully) majoring in either Biochemistry or Molecular Developmental Biology, with a minor in Global Health. I have a passion for health equity and the most valuable thing I've done thus far at the UW is joining an organization called GlobeMed, which works towards mental health awareness in Gujarat, India. I've lived in Seattle my whole life, growing up in the north end. Some of my favorite things include French fries, soccer, cats, camping, and sailing. This summer I'll be studying in Kathmandu, Nepal for five weeks, looking at development after the 2015 earthquake. I'm excited to meet all of the incoming Honors students this fall and to be a Peer Educator!

Hi everyone! My name is Emily and I am a sophomore planning on majoring in Environmental Studies with minors in Climate Science and Entrepreneurship - but by the time you read this that very well could have changed. I am from Mercer Island, which is a short journey from UW. I have lived in the beautiful PNW my entire life and though I hope to leave and explore more of the world someday, this region will always have a special place in my heart. My passions include the great outdoors, renewable energy, gluten-free bakeries, social justice, community building, and good food - especially cooking. During my past year at UW I have been a part of the Husky Marching Band, Women's Club Soccer team, and a volunteer with Reading Partners. I am extremely excited to be an Honors Peer Educator this fall and share all the exciting opportunities that are available to you here at UW and Honors!

Hi! I'm Aishwarya, a sophomore from the wonderful Bay Area. I love my hometown, but I have to say over the last year Seattle has been stealing my heart! My intended majors are Neurobiology and Psychology and I am on the premed track. Some of my hobbies include traveling, playing piano, and dancing. I've been dancing for the last 14 years and am part of UW Kahaani, UW’s nationally competitive Bollywood dance team. We competed in three competitions last year and those have been some of the best memories I've made at college so far! I am so excited to be a Peer Educator this fall to the incoming Honors class and be a resource for them to explore UW and the Honors Program.

HEY EVERYONE! I'm Mitali and I'm a sophomore majoring in Computer Science with a possible minor in Entrepreneurship and maybe something Psychology related - as you see, I'm still figuring stuff out at UW, so no worries there, we're all in the same boat!  I am from Cupertino, CA and I love spending my non-existent free time watching movies, exploring Seattle on my own and gorging on delicious Mexican food.  As a complete CS nerd, I love programming so if you are by any weird chance really into programming and application development, hit me up because I would love to spend hours debugging code together.  I'm also really involved in the College of Engineering as a Research Assistant in the UW CSE UbiComp Lab, VP of Community Outreach for UW Society of Women Engineers, and a member of College of Engineering Student Advisory Council. Honors has definitely been my most valuable and cherished experience here at UW.  It has allowed me to meet so many diverse and individualistic people, some of whom are my best friends.  I am so excited to share with you all the amazing community that Honors is while providing you with the weekly insider's guide to surviving freshman year.

Hey everyone! I'm Manasa and I'm a sophomore majoring in Neurobiology on the premed track. I was born in the sunny Bay Area, and my first time ever visiting Seattle was when I came to UW for a campus visit! I absolutely love Seattle, especially rainy days when I can get a warm cup of coffee and read a good book. Whenever I get free time, I am usually catching up on TV, watching a new movie in theaters the day it comes out, reading one of the several books on my bookshelf that I am in the middle of, cooking (baking desserts especially), and drawing. I also love animals, especially my dog Nala. Some of the best memories I have had at UW so far have included exploring the city of Seattle and participating in new opportunities, such as volunteering with the Pipeline Project. Without a doubt, Honors has been one of the most enriching and exciting experiences that I have had here at UW. I am so excited to be a Peer Educator this fall! I am really excited the share my experiences and help navigate incoming students through their first year of college! UW is an amazing campus and the Honors Program is a great community to be a part of! I can't wait to share all that UW and Honors has to offer!

Hello! My name is Anders and I'm a sophomore at the UW planning on double majoring in Political Science and English, but due to a penchant for only taking classes that interest me (which doesn't happen to include many pre-reqs) we'll see if I ever get there. My academic interests have a pretty broad range, and the most accurate description would probably be just not-STEM, even though I'm very jealous of people who can understand anything related to chemistry, because I cannot. This fall I'll be directing a longform improv show with the Undergraduate Theater Society called "Debate" which is an improvised presidential debate, combining two of my loves - endless presidential elections and improv. Other than that, I can be found watching what many would classify as an unhealthy amount of reality TV and following that up with podcasts about said reality TV. I am so excited to be a Peer Educator in part because I love the Honors Program, and also because I had a great time in Honors 100 and want to make sure you do as well!

Hi there! My name is Tressa and I am a junior majoring in  English and (maybe?) minoring in Art History. I am from Santa Rosa, CA (which is a little north of San Fran) but I often tell people that Seattle is my second hometown because I feel so at home here. Some fun facts about me: I am on UW's improv team (The Collective), which has been one of my greatest college experiences; we have comedy improv shows, sketch shows, videos, and podcasts, so this really dominates my time outside of class. I also work at the UW Study Abroad Office and am always down to talk travel, culture, history, politics, etc. I have been to Italy, and will be going to South Africa for another study abroad experience this summer. I am so excited to be a Peer Educator this fall and provide incoming Honors students with the tools to navigate this incredible university.

Hi Everyone! My name is Siena and I am so excited to be a Peer Educator again this fall. I’m originally from Marin County, California, which is just north of San Francisco - though I've planted deep roots in Seattle and plan to be here for a while. I am a Sophomore majoring in Early Childhood and Family Studies and am working towards becoming an elementary school teacher. I currently volunteer at Sandpoint Elementary School (Go Squirrels!) through the Pipeline Project. I was also a Housing Tour guide this spring and loved it - maybe I had some of you on my tours!? Outside of school I love to bake, explore Seattle (especially good food!), discover new music, and watch Gilmore Girls. I also love to travel and hope to visit all 50 states well before I’m 50. I also love all things Honors and can't wait to help you get to know the program in the fall. I look forward to meeting you all soon and welcome to the University of Washington!

Hi! My name is Ananya and I’m so pumped to be a Peer Educator. I have been described as having “no chill” when it comes to the Honors Program, everything about it makes me so happy and excited about learning! I wanted to become a PE because I had such a wonderful Honors 100 experience, and I hope I can pass that along. I’m a firm believer in having a positive attitude and saying yes to opportunities that scare you a little. Some of my favorite things include: my dog named Flower, Harry Potter, vegan Thai food, feminist literature, film, and people who make me happy. I am a double major in Gender, Women, Sexuality Studies as well as Comparative History of Ideas. Hopefully, I can fit in a few minors too; if I had it my way, I would major in at least eight different things! Welcome to college, Honors, and a new chapter of life. This year’s gonna be a blast.

Hello Hello Hello! My name is Argerey, I am a junior Psychology and Biology major, and this is my second year as a Peer Educator! My academic interests are educational psychology, neurophysiology, and basically anything to do with the how the brain works. I love nerding out about school, especially because I feel like I have already learned so much here at the U. I am originally from America's Finest City - San Diego - and do miss the sun and the warm ocean water very much. My passions in this life include but are not limited to Zac Efron, Ethiopian food, the invention of the coffee stopper, Taylor Swift music, irrelevant Buzzfeed articles, interior design spreads in magazines at the dentist, dogs, Trendy Fridays (I'll explain later) and everything in between.  As of right now, the goal is to be the orthopedic specialist for the Pac-12 so that I can give athletes the second chance at sports that I got. Sports and athletics are such a huge part of my life and I have proudly converted to a Seahawks/Mariners/Sounders fan that owns a jersey of each (Go Seatown). Currently signed up for a half marathon on my 20th birthday, so if I make it that far I will have completed my life goal. Honors has really been one of the most special aspects of my Husky experience, so I am excited to share some wisdom with the youngsters that are already making me feel so super old! For now, I'm just a girl looking to own a husky and name it Dubs.

Hi all! My name is Natalie Hillerson, and I'm a senior majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Anthropology and Chemistry. I'm from Minnesota, but have become quite enamored by Seattle and the PNW since moving here for college. I absolutely love the Honors Program and the supportive and inclusive community it's given me over the past three years, and I can't wait to welcome you all to the cohort.  During my time at UW, I've been a tutor at the Odegaard Writing and Research Center, an undergraduate research assistant in an inorganic chemistry lab, a published poet in Bricolage, UW's visual and literary arts journal, a general chemistry TA, and a traveler to Germany (once through Honors, and once through a research exchange program). I also fill my time with attending concerts, writing some flavor of poetry or prose, incessantly asking my parents for pictures of my cats, reading books, and looking to the sky to watch planes pass. (I can identify most commercial planes on sight; the one I'm next to in the picture is my favorite plane, the 727, which is no longer in service, much to my dismay.)

Hey! My name is Nola Peshkin and I am a sophomore double majoring in English and Linguistics, and minoring in French. I'm from Mercer Island, WA, and while I hated the idea of going to UW and staying close to where I grew up, I'm so glad to have found a home here. Honors is an amazing community and I can't wait to show you why! I enjoy reading, watching Grey's Anatomy, dreaming about a life full of travel, watching Mariner’s games with my dad, learning new languages, and obsessing over pugs. I'm on the UW Alpine Ski Team and spend all my free time in winter either on the hill racing gates or dreaming of being on the hill while checking the snow report. I also run the social media for the team so be sure to give @husky.ski.team an Instagram follow! I'm a National Outdoor Leadership School alumni and enjoy long distance backpacking, fly fishing, camping, kayaking, river rafting, and climbing. I'm happiest in the mountains and am currently trying to figure out how to make a living traveling while petting all the dogs along the way (I'll keep you updated). Fall is about to be so rad, I'm stoked to meet all of you and spend the quarter together! Go Honors, go UW, go dawgs!

Hi! I’m Jonathan Shuster, but you guys can call me Shuster or Shu. I’m a senior in Civil and Environmental Engineering, with a focus in transportation.  I’m extremely interested in the movement of goods and how that affects traffic as well as just general congestion and signal timing.  So once you live in Seattle for a little bit and can’t stand the traffic, I’d love to talk about it.  I grew up in Seattle, and I love hiking and camping and the mountains, and spend most of my free time playing ultimate frisbee.  I’m on the UW club team and traveled to North Carolina last spring to play at college nationals. I also enjoy salsa dancing, am a big Game of Thrones fan (books over TV show any day) and am always down to place bets on when George RR Martin is coming out with the next book. I didn't have a great first quarter at the UW, so as a Peer Educator I want to make sure that doesn't happen to as many people as possible.  I’m a big Mariners fan (bless my poor soul) and played baseball for the first 15 years of my life.  The dream lives on through IMA softball, even if we’re not good enough to win a t-shirt.  I eat a lot of food.  If you need a place to eat I’m your guy, but really I just like cooking and baking new things.  So if you have a favorite recipe, feel free to let me know and I’ll probably give it a try. I’m extremely excited for this opportunity to impart my three years of college wisdom on incoming freshman, and help you make your UW experience as great as it can be.

Hi friends! My name is Reilly and if I could describe myself in five words they would probably be curious, ambitious, compassionate, whimsical, and my favorite of all words: stoked. As a double major in Gender, Women, and Sexuality studies, and Environmental studies (with a minor in Ethics!) I’ll be the first to admit that I probably fit whatever granola stereotype just popped into your head. Along with my majors, I'm a climate justice/LGBTQ rights activist, future educator, bookworm, and lover of all things feminist. Hit me up if you’re interested in social justice stuff on campus/in Seattle! Some highlights of what I'm up to at UW would be political organizing for environmental campaigns, starting some independent research on sex education (with my fellow PE Ananya!), volunteering as a tutor for immigrant and refugee youth, and learning to climb. Honors is one of my favorite things about college and I love hearing about other people’s experiences with this rad program. I'm so looking forward to seeing all of your faces come autumn quarter and would love to hang with you in my section!

YO! My name is Sophia Gillmer. Despite my hard work and the amount of science classes I have taken, the only thing I know for certain is that I have no interest in majoring in STEM. I have learned so much about myself as a student and person this year, and as a Peer Educator I hope to shine the bright light of the future onto everyone else. I am also a person outside of school; in my spare time I enjoy singing alone and in choir, as well as dancing in my room while I sing. Quilting and listening to podcasts are what I spend the rest of my time doing. I am excited to be a Peer Educator because I love this school and specifically the Honors Program! GO DAWGS!

My name is Caleb Huffman and I’m stoked to be working with our incoming class of freshmen! I’m from Onalaska, a small rural town. (Onalaska is ironically in Washington State, and that’s, like, the bane of my existence. All my friends think I’m from Alaska). Despite my rural roots, I’ve learned that I’m definitely an urbanite. I pretend to be a coffee snob, but I probably can’t tell the difference between Starbucks and Solstice. I’m a cat person, obviously. I’m a strong believer in political participation. For two years, I worked with the Washington State Legislative Youth Advisory Council to increase youth participation in public life, where I was a semi-finalist for the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Innovation in Government Award. I think the United States Constitution is super cool. I began college at the age of 16 and am a double major in political science and communication with an emphasis on political rhetoric and Departmental Honors in political science. Through UW, I’ve accessed amazing resources. I’ve traveled to Rome, Venice, Amsterdam, Chicago, and Beijing. I’ve worked on political campaigns, edited journals for publication, planned events with over 500 student attendees, executed research, and developed relationships with incredibly interesting people.  There is so much to do, information can be overloading. Sometimes it is easiest to just put blinders on and blaze forward, never trying new things. I will encourage new students to never put blinders on and, with the assistance of my peers, I will work on taking mine off – to see the world anew.