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Welcome to the 2013-14 Academic Year, and a special welcome to all of our new graduate students.  The University of Colorado, Boulder is a vibrant and creative intellectual community, and graduate students are a pillar of its academic excellence.  Simply put, graduate students are essential to what makes this university extraordinary. On behalf of all of us at the Graduate School, congratulations on your admission and best wishes for a wonderful and academically inspiring time here.  We are happy to see you all!

John Stevenson,
Dean, the Graduate School

check list for new grad students:
View a comprehensive list of important information for admitted students. >>

GTP Fall intensive

The Graduate Teacher Program will host the annual Fall Intensive workshop series from Wednesday, August 21 to Friday, August 23 in the Fleming Building (note the change in location from past years). Sessions will cover a wide range of topics for both brand-new teaching assistants and experienced teachers. Workshops will also address professional development and non-academic job opportunities. All new TAs must attend one of the two Discrimination and Harassment Policy Trainings held on Friday. For a complete schedule, visit the GTP website. >>

UGGS (United Government of Graduate Students) will be hosting its annual welcome back picnic on Monday, August 26 from 4:00-6:30 pm on Franklin Field. Half Fast sandwiches and Boulder Beer will be provided. You must present your student ID and a government issued ID to enter (must be 21 to enter). See the UGGS website. >>

Welcomefest concert 2013
The CU-Boulder Program Council will host a free concert for all students on Saturday, August 24 at 5:30 pm on Farrand Field. Krewella will headline, and other special guests will perform. You must have your BuffOne Card for entry, or you can get a wristband the afternoon before for a quicker entrance to the concert. See the Program Council website. >>

extension for fee payment

Is this your first semester with an appointment as an RA, TA, or GPTI? If so, the Bursar’s Office allows for an extension of the due date to pay your student fees. As a first-time graduate student on appointment, you will receive an extension and can pay your student fees by the second due date, October 9, 2013. This allows time for your first paycheck to arrive before you have to pay your fees. All other semesters you will need to pay by the first due date. Contact the Bursar’s Office with any questions. >>

Increased support for health insurance
Thanks to the efforts of the United Government of Graduate Students (UGGS), the university will contribute more money to support graduate student health insurance. Graduate students that receive a contribution from the university towards the CU Gold Health Insurance will now receive $2700 to cover the $3030 premium (89%).

Workshops and Support groups for Graduate students
The Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers workshops and support groups specifically geared towards graduate students. The workshop, "Getting Off to a Smart Start in Graduate School," will be offered for new graduate students on Wednesdays from September 25-October 23 from 1:00-2:30 pm in the Center for Community S484. Grad Speak is a monthly, drop-in brown bag for graduate students to discuss issues relevant to them. The first meeting will be on September 12 from noon to 1:00 pm. CAPS also offers weekly support groups for students working on their master's thesis or PhD dissertation. Visit the CAPS website for more information. >>

UGGS Student travel grants

Are you traveling to a conference or workshop and need funding? Then apply for an UGGS Student Travel Grant! Max award $300. All graduate students are eligible to apply for funding, but you can only receive UGGS travel funding ONCE during your tenure at CU. UGGS also offers two types of student group grants for events taking place during the spring and summer (both with a max award of $750):

  1. Group Event Grants: for graduate student groups putting on an event that is open to students such as conferences, workshops, seminars, etc.
  2. Outreach Event Grants: for graduate student groups putting on an event or seeking funding for a program that will benefit the community and highlight how higher education can benefit the community outside of the university.
Applications for Fall 2013 UGGS Travel and Group Grants will open online on Monday, August 26 at All applications must be submitted online by 5 pm on Wednesday, September 18. Please email UGGS at with any questions.

women entrepreneur event to be held at CU in september
Startup Phenomenon will host a day-long conference for female entrepreneurs at CU-Boulder on September 3. Students will be able to purchase discounted tickets for $25. During this event, attendees will join a phenomenal lineup of entrepreneurs, investors, and other catalysts to celebrate incredible women who are impacting entrepreneurial ecosystems. The conference will explore finance, mentorship, funding, social entrepreneurship, negotiation, and many other topics. To register or to view a list of speakers, visit the Startup Phenomenon website. >>

Have skills? need skills?
Check out, a website created by graduate student Daniel Higgs. The website allows you to search all CU campuses for people, groups, and equipment based on a skill. You can also offer your own skills to other members of the CU community.


We've noticed with great pleasure that there's growing interest in interdisciplinary gatherings among graduate students to discuss research across fields. Here are a few of the efforts we are aware of:
  • Graduate Research STEMinars, ongoing monthly seminars to start this fall, complete with pizza and happy hours afterwards. Organizational meeting Monday, August 19, 4 pm, Math 203. Contact (Mathematics).
  • Graduate Women in STEM Research Symposium, to be held in April 2014. Assistance welcome! Contact (Aerospace Engineering).
  • BioFrontiers Science Alliance - Contact
  • Campus-wide gatherings? If you're interested in helping to make this happen, please contact (English).
  • If you have ideas for others that you'd like to coordinate, please contact (Graduate School Communications Coordinator). Pizza money could be available.
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Intervarsity christian fellowship for grad students
InterVarsity, a national Christian organization, hosts regular meetings with graduate students at CU-Boulder. If interested in getting involved, visit or call (303) 746-2231. For information about additional religious groups on campus, visit



August 19 - UGGS New Graduate Student Orientation

August 21-23 - GTP Fall Intensive

August 22 - Best Should Teach Lecture & Awards

August 24
 - Welcomefest Concert featuring Krewella
August 26 - Classes start
August 26 - UGGS Welcome Back Picnic
Sept. 2 - Labor Day, no classes
Sept. 4 - Tuition due
Sept. 12 - Grad Speak brown-bag discussion



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