In addition to research and scholarship programs that provide tangible resources and opportunities, sustained support through mentorship plays a critical role in building an equitable academic community. Below is a list of current mentorship programs and communities; please contact us if you know of other programs that are currently absent from this page. 


  • CU-Prime: pairs astro and physics undergraduates with graduate mentors

  • STEM Routes: provides research opportunities and mentorship

  • oSTEM: provides networking opportunities, professional development, social events, and a safe space for LGBTQ+ STEM students

  • CU-Stars: undergraduate advising, community outreach, and telescope training

  • The Student Academic Success Center (SASC) is a multicultural academic learning community, serving low income and first-generation college students with academic skills development, math and writing courses, supplementary instruction in gateway courses, tutoring, pre-collegiate opportunities, and graduate research opportunities. Their Learning Mentors Program offers opportunities to become or work with a peer tutor in a variety of fields. 

  • Undergraduates can also speak with their faculty mentors about issues related to equity (or if they need support in finding or connecting to resources). 


  • Graduate School Peer Mentoring Program: pairs incoming graduate students with peer graduate mentors to provide support, encouragement, and information during the transition to graduate school

  • AstroPALS - fosters communication and mentorship across years by putting junior and senior APS graduate students in “pods” with post-docs

  • Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE): mentorship program, professional networking, and Science Communication Symposium

Campus Communities:

  • Women and Gender Minorities in Physics (WaGMiP): community of graduate and undergraduate students, post-docs, and faculty working to support the inclusion, participation, and success of women and gender minorities in the physics department at CU

  • Society of Women Engineers: Working to build an inclusive community of engineers and to establish a secure and substantial support system for the collegiate to professional transition by giving back through various outreach programs, furthering opportunities for our members, and cultivating a strong network within the CU community.

  • CU Women in Computing: the CU ACM-W chapter dedicated to supporting women and diversity in computing

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES): national, nonprofit organization that seeks to “bridge science and technology with traditional Native values” and build community in doing so; “provides opportunities for American Indians and Alaska natives to pursue studies in science, engineering, and technology areas”