CU-STARs (Science, Technology and Astronomy Recruits) is a University of Colorado program to support first-year students from all backgrounds interested in space, through both outreach into high school classrooms around Colorado and inreach community building events. CU-STARs is open to all interested students, with a special focus on supporting those who are members of underrepresented groups, including but not limited to women, students of color, ethnic minorities, LGBTQ students, students with disabilities, first generation students, military veterans, etc. We meet weekly Tuesday evenings from 5-6 in the Sommers-Bausch Observatory, room S175. 

Students in Trinidad, Colorado

Here are some of the benefits you'll enjoy as a CU-STAR:

  • Community Outreach and Teaching
    Develop and present science talks and labs to communities around Colorado, teaching high school students about astronomy, science, and technology as an "astro-ambassador." Recent overnight and day trips have included Canon City HS, Trinidad HS, Delta HS, Montrose HS, and CEC Middle College in Denver. 
  • Telecopes and Community Star Parties 
    Learn how to use the large telescopes at the Sommers-Bausch Observatory on campus and participate in public observing and star parties around Colorado
  • Advising, Mentoring, and Tutoring 
    Get personalized help on choosing classes, applying for scholarships, navigating CU, excelling in your coursework, and more
  • "Becoming a Scientist" Life Skills Discussions
    Learn how to write a CV, apply for summer research positions, how to manage stress and feelings of imposter syndrome 
  • Great Friends and Fun Events 
    Be part of a close-knit group of exceptional students; get to know faculty, staff, and graduate students who are passionate about space

Check out our CU-STARs Brochure for more information.

If you have any questions or are interested in joining us, please email us at

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