MSE and Beyond Mentorship Program

The MSE and Beyond Mentorship Program strives to support growing leaders and new students in the MSE program through a buddy system and professional development training. MSE will host a kickoff event this Friday, 9/17 to all interested mentors and mentees. Further event and details are forthcoming.

Student leaders:

MSE DEI Committee

The DEI Committee aims to facilitate and support a diverse and inclusive community in the Materials Science & Engineering program. Our purpose is to make sure everyone feels welcome, heard and empowered to succeed and thrive in the program. 

Our goals:

  1. Increase the feeling of belonging and community for current graduate students.
  2. Make MSE accessible and welcoming to a diverse group of applicants.
  3. Foster an inclusive environment for folks with diverse backgrounds and experiences, including but not limited to: economic, educational, personal/ethnic/demographic (race, gender, sexuality, age), professional/career trajectory, active military/veteran status.
  4. Increase awareness in MSE of other campus groups (STEM routes, Women in STEM, CU Cafe, oSTEM, etc.) and national/international organizations (American Indian Science and Engineering Society, National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, etc.) that are dedicated to building an inclusive culture and supporting diverse groups of engineers.

Student Leaders:

MSE Events and Social Committee

More so than other graduate programs, the MSE program is widely interdisciplinary — attracting students from various backgrounds and interests. This creates a unique environment at the intersection of chemistry, biology, physics and engineering that facilities the exploration of cross-disciplinary research and coursework within multiple departments at CU Boulder. One of the challenges that inherently comes with the interdisciplinary nature of this program is a disconnect between students not located in the same overarching department or building on campus. This committee is geared towards developing a greater sense of community within the MSE program by bridging these social gaps that exist between various students in MSE. By connecting students through a variety of events during the semester we hope to foster a more collaborative environment that will propel student’s graduate work forward while also giving students an opportunity to have fun during what can be a stressful experience.

Student Leaders:

MSE Materials Research Society (MRS) Chapter

The CU Boulder MSE MRS Chapter will hold events and build programming dedicated to Materials topics and research. Event and program details forthcoming.

Student Leaders:

Campus Student Organizations

Engineering for Developing Communities

Contact Information

Communicator Name: Nicholas Valcourt

Communicator Email: nicholas.valcourt@gmail.com


About This Organization

Organization Description:
The purpose of the Engineering for Developing Communities (EDC) Student Group is to provide a forum to share insights, perspectives and resources related to development-related topics and to advance the student experience of those pursuing coursework or research in this area at the University of Colorado  Boulder. Although the focus of the group’s programming is to benefit masters and Ph.D students pursuing degrees and research within the Mortenson Center for Engineering in Developing Communities(College of Engineering & Applied Science), activities and events are open to all students, faculty and staff of the University. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the group’s mission of advancing discourse around development, students from varied backgrounds and disciplines are encouraged to attend and participate in events.

Organization’s Principal Activities, Events, or Programs:
The group seeks to accomplish its mission through a series of lectures, guest speakers, film screenings, social events, professional & academic mixers as well as supporting students’ research, travel and development projects. All of this work underscores the groups main goal of knowledge sharing among students pursuing careers in international development engineering.

How this Organization’s activities benefit the University community:
By coordinating with students and faculty across departments & disciplines, the group will encourage interdisciplinary collaboration on discourse and research related to pressing development topics. Additionally, by connecting the academic, alumni and professional development communities in the greater Boulder and Denver areas the student group will provide opportunities for students professional and career advancement. Overall, the group’s activities seek to advance both the content of development research & curriculum and the student experience.

How this Organization fits into its purposes:
The group fits the purpose of Engineering, Graduate, International & Development because it focuses on the intersection of each of these topics and connects students, faculty and professionals who study and practice in the realm of international development engineering. By encouraging learning and collaboration between academia and real-world practitioners the group seeks to advance the discourse and state of knowledge around the pressing issues of the day in international development engineering.

How to get involved with this Organization:
The group will canvass all incoming graduate students to the Engineering for Developing Communities program and have open (informal) enrollment / membership for all students regardless of major, department or degree status. The group will also have an e-mail listserv, website and facebook page that will notify all students of meeting times, locations, events and topics. This will allow students to easily lookup and find information about how to get involved with the group and attend regular meetings and events.

Women in Science

Contact Information

Organization Email: womeninscience@colorado.edu

Communicator Name: Anna Corts

Communicator Email: anna.corts@colorado.edu


About This Organization

Organization Description:
Our mission is to build a community that focuses on bringing awareness to issues of women in science and engineering. We invite scientists of both genders and different generations (graduate students, postdocs, professors and scientists outside of academia) to participate in exchanging their experiences, offering coaching or advice, and helping each other develop successful careers.

Organization’s Principal Activities, Events, or Programs:
1) Invite professional speakers. 2) Organize panel discussions. 3) Organize social events. 4) Maintain a blog. 5) Mentoring of middle/high school girls.

How this Organization’s activities benefit the University community:
1) Help CU Boulder STEM graduate students and postdocs become successful scientists aware of issues concerning women in STEM fields. 2) Improve representation of women in STEM fields.

How this Organization fits into its purposes:
1) Creates a welcoming and supportive community for discussing difficulties and gender-specific issues related to pursuing careers in science or engineering.

How to get involved with this Organization:
1) Sign up for our mailing list. 2) Attend/help organize group events. 3) Post in the group blog.

United Government of Graduate Students – UGGS

Contact Information

Organization Email: uggsinfo@colorado.edu

Organization Website: http://www.colorado.edu/uggs/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/uggsinfo

Communicator Name: John Lurquin

Communicator Email: john.lurquin@colorado.edu


About This Organization

Organization Description:
The purpose of this organization is to advocate and support graduate student concerns and their work within the University of Colorado Boulder community.

Organization’s Principal Activities, Events, or Programs:
UGGS hosts bi-weekly assembly meetings for graduate student department representatives, offers travel and group grants each semester, and organizes social events and professional development events to connect graduate students and supplement their graduate student training.

How this Organization’s activities benefit the University community:
Graduate students comprise a significant proportion of the CU Boulder community (~5000). Graduate students operate in unique roles on campus (e.g., they act as both students and instructors). As a result, graduate students have unique needs and are often put in vulnerable situations without resources. UGGS serves as the primary advocacy group for graduate students.

How this Organization fits into its purposes:
UGGS fits into a graduate purpose category becuase we are the primary advocacy group for graduate students.

How to get involved with this Organization:
uggsinfo@colorado.edu