The Graduate Peer Mentoring Program pairs established graduate students with peers who are new to graduate school. The role of a peer mentor is to provide support, encouragement, and information. Peer mentors serve as graduate student life experts and they may have suggestions about work-life balance, adjusting to life in Boulder, advisor/advisee relationships, etc. Ideally, mentors serve as both personal and professional support for their mentees.

How to Get Involved

The application to participate in the Graduate Peer Mentoring Program for the 2023-2024 academic year applications will be open as follows:

  • Mentor applications are open April 18 through May 31, 2023 
  • Mentee applications will open May 16 through June 23, 2023 

Eligible graduate students should receive a unique link via university email inviting you to apply. If you did not receive an email and are interested in participating, or have other questions about the program, please contact

Program Expectations

  • This program is offered through the Graduate School and is a supplement to existing departmental mentoring programs
  • While participants may be paired based on similar interests, one aim of the program is to offer graduate students ways to meet and build community across disciplinary boundaries. 
  • Participants are free to set their own meeting schedules, but we expect that you will try to meet at least once a month throughout the academic year.
  • All mentors will be asked to attend an orientation at the beginning of fall term where we will discuss mentoring skills, expectations and available campus resources.
  • There will be mentor/mentee social event to kickoff the program, where matches can meet each other in-person over coffee.
  • Throughout the year, we will offer a variety of social events to foster connection with mentor/mentee matches (e.g. cookies decorating, ice cream social, coffee meet-ups, etc.)
  • We expect that each participant will make a good faith effort to communicate with their mentor/mentee.