Peer Educators

Become an Honors Peer Educator!

The Peer Educators attend an overnight retreat in the spring to Pack Forrest, a UW owned conference center just outside Mount Rainer National Park.

What does an Honors Peer Educator do?

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.

What is required of an Honors Peer Educator?

  • Creativity and enthusiasm for the supporting the UW Honors Program!
  • Registration in and successful completion of Spring quarter HONORS 397 (Wednesdays 3:30-4:50pm, 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 (Friday, May 1st – Saturday, May 2nd).
  • Registration in and attendance of Autumn quarter HONORS 397 (Wednesdays, 3:30-4:50pm, 2 credits*). This seminar brings all PEs together to collaborate and share ideas about their sections with support of the instructors.
  • Instruction of all Autumn quarter HONORS 100 sections and attendance at all HONORS 100 lecture sessions (Mondays OR Tuesdays, 3:30-4:20pm).
  • Individual time devoted outside of class and meeting times in Autumn quarter for effective preparation of individual HONORS 100 sections.

*Peer Educators now earn 4 Honors Additional Any credits (as well as general education I&S credit) after completing the Spring and Autumn quarters of Honors 397: 2 credits in Autumn, 2 credits in Spring.

**Returning Peer Educators who have already earned 4 Honors Additional Any credits will only be eligible to receive 4 general education I&S credits (not Honors Additional Any) unless approved for Ad Hoc

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Peer Educators learn how to teach a variety of topics relevant to incoming Honors students. The Peer Educators pictured above are doing a time management activity that represents how things can feel chaotic if you are trying to do too much at once.

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 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.”

“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.”

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

Application Process

  • Attend an optional information session to hear more about the position and get your questions answered (all in MGH 211B- Honors Seminar Room): 
    • Wednesday, January 22nd from 3:30pm-4:30pm
  • Complete the online application by 9am on Monday, January 27, 2020 (application opens December 18, 2019)
  • The Honors advisers will review and respond to all applications in early February.
  • If invited to proceed, you will attend a group interview in mid-February.
  • 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.
  • Successful completion of the Spring seminar is required to continue in the PE process.

Apply to be a Peer Educator

2020 Peer Educator Application

The Peer Educator Application for 2021 will open on December 16th, 2020 and will be available until 9am on Monday, February 1st, 2021


Please contact Claire Grant (

Meet the 2020 Peer Educators!