Here are some ways to connect with other graduate students on campus, online and off campus, locally and internationally.
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 connect with link to the FB group page 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 Scientifique: A 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 Pedagogique: Currently 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.
CU Athletics: Support the athletic department.
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.
Community of Science: Allows you to promote your research, provides access to research experts, and lists sources of funding for research.
Numerous volunteering opportunities are available on campus and in communities all over the world. Read on to find out about university resources and organizations that provide volunteer opportunities locally, nationwide, and globally.
- Volunteer Resource Center The Volunteer Resource Center (VRC) is CU Boulder’s volunteer placement service. VRC links students, staff, and faculty to community programs for both short- and long-term volunteer service that match a variety of interests, including education, law, health, environment, animals, disabilities, seniors, women, justice, arts, language, culture, and more. VRC hosts volunteer fairs at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters, short-term service projects, Alternative Breaks volunteer trips during university breaks, campuswide food and shelter supply drives, and CU’s annual day of service, Better Boulder Better World.
- Volunteer Connection As a community-based clearing house for nonprofit organizations, the Volunteer Connection offers more than 1,000 volunteer opportunities in the Boulder area. Visit the website to schedule a meeting with referral counselors who will help you search the extensive volunteer database.
- VolunteerMatch In partnership with thousands of local nonprofit organizations, VolunteerMatch has built the nation’s most comprehensive and up-to-date online database of volunteer opportunities. You can search for volunteer opportunities by zip code, category, and date, and you can inquire via e-mail about specific programs that fit your interests and schedule.
- The Institute for Ethical and Civic Engagement (IECE) prepares CU Boulder students for a lifetime of service to society. IECE is working to make ethical and civic engagement a defining characteristic of our educational community. Visit the website to learn how you can get involved.
- INVST Community Studies The INVST Community Leadership Program (CLP) develops community leaders who engage in compassionate action as a lifetime commitment. The INVST CLP is a two-year experience that combines community service with theoretical learning and practical skills training. Students earn 24 academic credits and receive an AmeriCorps scholarship and a “Certificate in the Study and Practice of Leadership.”
Looking for more groups? Review the student organizations directory.