Published: Oct. 10, 2023

come tell it on the mountain

Peak Potential '23: A Virtual Preview of CU Boulder Linguistics

Day 01: Introduction to CU Linguistics – 4:30-6:00 pm MDT, Monday, 23 October

Day 02: Meet the Faculty – 4:30-6:00 pm MDT, Tuesday, 24 October

Day 03: Graduate Student Panel and Social Hour - 4:30-5:30 pm MDT, Wednesday, 25 October


The Linguistics Department at the University of Colorado Boulder would like to introduce our department, and its diverse community of learners, to excellent potential graduate applicants from all backgrounds and experiences. To that end, we are offering a virtual preview event consisting of 3 sessions between 23-25 October to provide information and support for these applicants. You are invited to join us!

CU’s Linguistics Department is a major center of interdisciplinary research in sociocultural and interactional linguistics, computational linguistics, cognitive-functional linguistics, language documentation, and psycholinguistics and experimental linguistics. The Department's orientation is empirical: we use analysis of conversational data, acoustic measurements of speech, computational modeling and statistical analysis, psycholinguistic experimentation, and fieldwork in local communities and abroad to gain insights about structural properties of language, test theories about language, and explain patterns of language use.

The Department strives to provide a supportive environment for research and learning by fostering diversity and inclusion across the areas of curriculum, student body demographics, and faculty demographics. We recognize that students and faculty from backgrounds not historically well represented in graduate programs enrich our field and enhance the educational experience of all students. We encourage students to use the tools of our field to address critical problems in our world.

At the CU Boulder Peak Potential event, participants will have the opportunity to hear from faculty about the different academic programs in Linguistics at CU, the admissions process, research in the department and opportunities for student involvement. Students can also talk with current graduate students about the Linguistics program, the university, and the community of Boulder.


All times shown in Mountain Daylight Time (MDT)

Session 01: Introduction to CU Linguistics – 4:30-6:00 pm, Monday, 23 October

• Learn about the Linguistics department and CU Boulder; obtain information about our initiatives to support diversity, equity, and inclusion.

• Learn about our graduate programs (the MA, MS CLASIC, PhD degrees & graduate certificates), how to apply to our program, and how to fund your graduate studies.

Session 02: Meet the Faculty – 4:30-6:00 pm, Tuesday, 24 October

• Hear from representative faculty about their own research and areas of study in the department, especially highlighting opportunities for student involvement.  

Session 03: Graduate Student Panel and Social Hour - 4:30-5:30 pm, Wednesday, 25 October

• Meet current graduate students and hear about the program, the university, and the community of Boulder from their perspectives.


Registration is free but required for all participants. Registration by Friday, 20 October is preferred.


Registration can be completed here:

Once you have registered, a Zoom link will be sent to you.