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.

The application to be a mentor/mentee for the 2021-2022 academic year has closed. We cannot guarantee a spot in the program after the deadline has passed, but if you are interested in joining the waitlist as a mentor or mentee, please email

Program Expectations

  • While participants may be paired within their own disciplines when requested, one aim of the program is to offer graduate students ways to meet and build community across disciplinary boundaries. This program is a supplement to existing departmental mentoring programs
  • 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 and expectations.
  • There will be mentor/mentee social event to kickoff the program, where matches can meet each other in-person over coffee.
  • We expect that each participant will make a good faith effort to communicate with her/his mentor/mentee.