Connections

Connecting the dots in your field of study and in your professional network are important elements of graduate education. Here are some ways to connect with other graduate students on-campus, on-line, and off-campus, locally and internationally.

Campus and Local Organizations

Asian Studies Graduate Association: Provides a forum for graduate students to present their research from any discipline in the Humanities and Social Sciences that pertains to East Asia. Students also have a chance to meet and interact with professors from the CU campus as well as from other universities.

Café Scientifique: A gathering usually in a friendly pub after work to hear an informal introduction to an interesting current scientific topic, led by an expert. Gatherings take place in Boulder, Denver, and Fort Collins.

Café Pedagogique: Currently an annual gathering in August in association with the Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology Conference (COLTT).

Career Services Networking Resources: A description of the benefits of networking for graduate students with a list of resourcing opportunities.

Center for Multicultural Affairs: Offers a range of academic and cultural programs to help you become part of a vital, caring community that will change you and that you, in turn, will change.

CU Alumni Association: Connect with those who have studied at CU-Boulder before you and stay connected with those you study with while you are here.

Dissertation Support Group This is an on-going weekly drop-in support group for graduate students who have passed their comprehensive examinations and who are starting or working on their dissertations. Group members will support one another in setting and meeting concrete goals toward completing their dissertations. Tuesdays 1-3 pm, C4C S435

Forever Buffs is the Alumni Association’s initiative to engage CU-Boulder's 240,000 alumni and 30,000 students in every step of their lives whether that be driving with a CU license plate to support student scholarships, helping with career advice, hosting CU watch parties across the country or travelling to exotic places together.

The Forum on Science, Ethics and Policy (FOSEP) is a multidisciplinary organization of graduate students, professional students, and postdoctoral fellows. FOSEP works to build bridges between science and society and to foster leaders who are prepared to apply specialized expertise to 21st century challenges.

GradSpeak Are you a graduate student? Have you ever had an “If you only knew….” experience but didn’t have a place to share it? Well here’s a free group open to all graduate students on campus providing an opportunity to speak with others about the unique experience of being a graduate student as well as an opportunity to share some of the challenges and rewards. Please contact Dr. Julie Yun for more information. Phone: 303-492-5551

Postdoctoral Association of Colorado: An organization for individuals in a postdoctoral position (be it research, teaching, or some other type of appointment) that fosters professional advancement through programming, support services, and networking opportunities.

Sigma XI: A scientific research society which includes members from the area federal labs and IBM labs.

Thesis Support Group This is an on-going weekly drop-in support group for graduate students who are completing a thesis as part of their Master's program. Group members will support one another in setting and meeting concrete goals toward completing their thesis.

United Government of Graduate Students (UGGS): Graduate students are represented on campus through the CU chapter of UGGS.

National Graduate Student Organizations

Association for the Support of Graduate Students
This ASGS provides articles and information for graduate students about a variety of subjects such as dissertation and thesis tips, finding a mentor, etc. with an archive of past articles. There are also links to ASGS surveys, consultants, and book reviews. ASGS also publishes Thesis News, a free online reference bulletin for graduate students writing their theses.

Association for Women in Science
The AWIS offers free membership for CU-Boulder students studying in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medical fields. Benefits include: access to career opportunities, a subsciption to the AWIS magazine, job postings, funding resources, and networking opportunities.

Chronicle of Higher Education Graduate Student Newsletter
News and advice on surviving graduate school - from planning your dissertation to navigating the job market.

Council of Graduate Schools
CGS is an organization of institutions of higher education across the globe engaged in research and graduate education. Its mission is to improve and advance graduate education in order to ensure the vitality of intellectual discovery. CGS accomplishes its mission through advocacy at the federal policy level, aiding students in their research, and the development and dissemination of best practices.

The National Association of Graduate-Professional Students
NAGPS strives to be the umbrella organization representing all the graduate and professional students in the country. Its threefold mission is to: (1) develop and sustain a member network to connect graduate and professional students and their associations, (2) provide resources and support to empower members, and (3) advocate at local and national levels on their behalf.

International Organizations

Community of Science: Allows you to promote your research, provides access to research experts, and lists sources of funding for research.

Graduate Junction: An international, professional networking site for graduate students based on research interests. The site was created by two graduate students from Durham University in the U.K. and endorsed by CU-Boulder's Graduate School as an avenue for connecting with other graduate students from CU or across the globe, both to find other students with similar research interests and to encourage interdisciplinary and international efforts.