Published: Oct. 10, 2016

The Colorado Advantage Graduate Preview Weekend (November 3-5, 2016) is intended to introduce college seniors interested in graduate school (PhD only) to the outstanding Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) doctoral programs at CU Boulder.

Students will participate in tours and workshops that:

  • showcase the benefits of earning a CU Boulder STEM doctoral degree
  • assist students in preparing competitive graduate school applications
  • allow students to meet with faculty and tour labs in their areas of interest
  • provide the opportunity to meet with current underrepresented doctoral students and gain insight in the community that exists at CU Boulder
  • let students experience the natural beauty of Boulder

Travel and lodging will be provided for accepted students.

The Colorado Advantage Graduate Preview Weekend provides an opportunity for underrepresented students to visit campus and preview doctoral programs in science, math, and engineering departments at CU Boulder.

To register or find out more visit the Colorado Diversity Initiative Homepage.

Event Schedule


Participants arrive by early afternoon on Thursday, November 3.  After lunch at C4C, participants will meet with program organizers for an orientation, and then a campus tour (faculty visits are more important than this tour, which can be given informally at a later time). There will be a welcome dinner that evening with current graduate students. Faculty are also welcome to attend the dinner, which will be held on campus (please let me know if any are interested).


Friday morning will be filled with workshops on preparing a competitive CU Boulder application, and will include a panel of faculty discussing the graduate admissions process, which varies among departments. After lunch, participants will have scheduled faculty meetings and the opportunity to tour departmental facilities. The day will end with an informal dinner with current graduate students in downtown Boulder.


In the morning, a panel of graduate students will discuss their graduate admissions experiences, and offer tips and advice.

Participants have the option of leaving Saturday, or staying until Sunday morning.

Questions? Please contact or call (303) 492-5779.