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.

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 paired participants will be asked to attend an orientation at the beginning of fall term where we will discuss mentoring skills and expectations. There will also be time for socializing and refreshments will be served.
  • We expect that each participant will make a good faith effort to communicate with her/his mentor/mentee.

Why be a peer mentor?

  • Improve communication and interpersonal skills
  • Develop leadership and organizational qualities
  • Increase confidence and motivation
  • Enhance CV with valuable volunteer experience
  • Make new friends across disciplines
  • Gain a sense of fulfilment and personal growth
  • Give back to the CU Boulder graduate community

Why be a peer mentee?

  • Gain practical advice, encouragement and support
  • Improve communication and networking skills
  • Learn from the experiences of others
  • Increase social and academic confidence
  • Develop strategies for dealing with academic and personal issues
  • Identify academic and personal goals and establish a sense of direction
  • Gain valuable insights into the next stage(s) of your career
  • Make new friends across disciplines

    More Information & Contact

    For more information about the Graduate Peer Mentoring Program, contact the Graduate Program Manager.

    Note: 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