The Colorado Diversity Initiative offers professional development, mentoring and financial support opportunities to underserved prospective graduate students in science, math and engineering. Through the initiative, we foster a community of graduate student peers, and offer them the opportunity to meet, socialize and share their experiences.

CDI also offers opportunities for current graduate students to mentor the next generation of STEM scholars through the SMART Program, Colorado Advantage Program as well as STEM Routes, a graduate student-run, CDI-affiliate mentorship program.

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Colorado Advantage Program

The Colorado Advantage Program invites prospective applicants to CU Boulder during a weekend in the fall to learn about STEM doctoral opportunities, meet with faculty, tour research facilities and interact with current graduate students. Applicants for the program must be intending to apply for admission into a STEM PhD program for the following fall term. The goal of the program is to recruit a diverse pool of candidates into CU Boulder’s STEM doctoral programs.