Here are some ways to connect with other graduate students on campus, online and off campus, locally and internationally.

Peer Mentoring Program

The Graduate School and the United Government of Graduate Students (UGGS) at the University of Colorado Boulder are delighted to announce the 2017-2018 graduate student peer mentoring program. The purpose of the program is for graduate student mentors to offer non-crisis guidance and support to members of the graduate student community.* While participants may be paired according to their own or related disciplines when requested, one aim of the program is to fulfill the need for mentoring across disciplinary boundaries and to build community among different graduate student populations. The program is intended as a supplement to existing departmental mentoring programs.

The program will be for the duration of the academic year. All participants will be asked to complete a program assessment survey in spring 2018. The survey will enable UGGS and the Graduate School to gauge program effectiveness. 

Participants will be free to set their meeting schedules but we expect that you will try to meet at least once a month during the academic year.  Previous participants (mentors and mentees) are welcome to apply to participate in the program again. Mentor and mentee applications are now closed.

For questions, please contact the Graduate School at

*The graduate student peer mentoring program is not a substitute for clinical counseling, medical services, or academic advising. A full list of CU Boulder safety resources and services is available on the Safety Website.

Graduate Student Groups

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.

BioFrontiers Science Alliance (BFSA): an organization comprised of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers engaged in fundamental and applied science which seeks to promote camaraderie and exchange of knowledge between students across the BioFrontiers Institute and the entire University of Colorado.

CU Café: Student-run seminar series that focuses on inspiring students from underrepresented backgrounds to be successful academics.

CU Prime: Student-driven effort led by grad and undergrad students in the Physics Department at the University of Colorado Boulder. Our goal is to increase inclusion in Physics/STEM fields, especially among traditionally underrepresented groups, through mentorship and community building.

CU Stars: Recruits incoming and continuing undergraduate science majors from diverse backgrounds to a program at Fiske Planetarium and Sommers-Bausch Observatory.

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.

Graduate Cycling Club: Cycling safely in and around Boulder. A networking resource for graduate student across all disciplines.

Graduate Students of Color Collective (GSCC): A student group that aims to create and maintain space for self-identified students of color to gather and support each other in the School of Education and at CU Boulder. Our hope is to hold formal and informal gatherings throughout school year and potentially host events and collaborate with other graduate students and organizations. Please email Cecilia Valenzuela at for more information.

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

Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE): WiSE is committed to providing coaching, mentorship, networking, and support for women in STEM fields.

Campus and Local Organizations

Café ScientifiqueA 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 PedagogiqueCurrently 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.

Cultural Unity & Engagement Center (CUE): 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.

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 traveling to exotic places together.

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.

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 subscription 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.


Looking for more groups? Review the student organizations directory.