The Bursar’s office handles all aspects of billing associated with your CU program. It has professionals ready to help CU students understand tax information, break down itemized tuition and fees for in-state and out-of-state individuals, learn how to set up automatic billing, learn how to select or waive health insurance, understand how to grant permission or consent for various tasks, how to activate Identikeys and authorize payers and more.
Located in the Regent Administration Building, Scholarship Services can help you navigate scholarships that students are automatically considered for, the CU Boulder Scholarship application, scholarships you have to apply for and other opportunities through specific schools and departments.
Honors: Department vs. University
There are two types of “Honors” that students may pursue in the College of Arts and Sciences: The first is taking Honors courses offered through the Honors Program. These courses are available to students who meet the 3.3 GPA requirement; there is no formal application process for the Honors Program. In an Honors Program class, one can expect to have more discussion, write more papers, have more influence on the syllabus and reading list, do more research and be counted upon by the class for input.
Pursuing Departmental Honors often requires completing a departmental honors course(s) in one’s senior year, writing and defending an honors thesis, and meeting certain GPA and other requirements set by the department. There are three grades of honors: cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude. Honors are awarded by the University Honors Council on the basis of overall academic record, performance in the writing of an honors thesis and performance in an oral exam.
To learn about the research going on in a specific department, visit the department’s CU homepage, or ask your academic advisor about research opportunities in your department. Typically, if research is available in a given department, there will be a research tab or a link to a video about research opportunities on their webpage.
When you find a faculty member and/or lab whose work sounds interesting to you, contact the appropriate person and ask if there’s any way you could help with the research they’re doing. Make sure you meet any stated requirements (some labs require that you have earned a certain number of credit hours). Be aware that you are unlikely to get paid as a research assistant; most students do the work for Independent Study credit (and, of course, for the experience).
E-mail is always an unobtrusive way to make a first contact, but faculty members are busy and receive a lot of e-mail. Visiting a professor in person during his/her office hours will make a stronger impression.
Regardless of how you make that first contact, be sure to do your homework first: take advantage of whatever is posted online to learn all you can about the work being done in the lab.
Do note that the term TA is also used for graduate level teaching assistants. These students are pursuing a post-baccalaureate degree and have been assigned to a TA position as part of their program. So be sure to specify that you’re looking for an undergraduate TA position when approaching a department or you might be summarily turned away!
Writing Center in the Norlin Library Commons