Mentorship

Mentorship Program

Interested in having a mentor, being a mentor, or both for the Fall 2021 semester? Fill out the form below!


Join us for the

Fall 2021 Kickoff Event

Wednesday, September 22

6:00-7:30 PM

The kickoff event will be held over Zoom: https://cuboulder.zoom.us/j/93312865437

The kickoff event is a chance to meet other mentees and mentors and figure out who you might like to work with this year. Although it's a great chance to meet other members of the program and help us match groups more precisely, you don't have to attend the kickoff to be matched with a mentorship group. Whether or not you'll be able to make the kickoff, please fill out the mentorship program sign-up form (at the bottom of this page) as early as you can to help us plan for the kickoff and beyond!


Get in touch!

To contact the current organizers of the CU-Prime Mentorship Program, just send an email to mentorship@cuprime.org and we'll get back to you ASAP!

What is the CU-Prime mentorship program?

The CU-Prime Mentorship Program started as a pilot program in Spring 2014, and was rebooted in Fall 2018! Designed as a low-commitment way to participate in CU-Prime and get connected in the Physics Department, the Mentorship Program aims to build a lasting community between students at different levels of study within physics and STEM. We match undergraduate mentees with graduate (or experienced undergraduate) mentors, who then meet together at least once a month. We also organize regular activities for mentorship groups to meet and learn from each other.

How is mentorship useful?

Mentoring provides many important benefits to physics, astrophysics and engineering physics students, including:

    • Developing a professional network

    • Support to stick with your studies

    • Sense of belonging in the department and field

    • Study skills and other academic advice

For more answers to Frequently asked questions, check out the Mentorship Program FAQ.

What is a mentee?

A mentee is someone who benefits from advice and guidance from someone with more experience. A mentee in the CU-Prime Mentorship program will have the opportunity to learn from the experience of graduate students and connect with a network of physics and astrophysics students at multiple levels of education.

How can mentorship benefit mentees?

    • Being a mentee can increase access to physics through knowledge and experience shared from mentors.

    • Being a mentee can improve academic performance.

    • Being a mentee can develop or strengthen your sense of belonging and your network.

    • Being a mentee can improve access to undergraduate research through a larger network.

What is a mentor?

A mentor is someone who shares their advice, and provides guidance from their experience and expertise to those who are earlier in their careers. A mentor in the CU-Prime Mentorship program will be a role model for undergraduate physics, astrophysics, and engineering physics students.

How can being a mentor benefit mentors?

  • Being a mentor can improve leadership and communication skills by establishing a positive and engaged relationship with an individual that values and trusts you and your experience.

  • Being a mentor provides an opportunity for you to increase your network while supporting your mentees in expanding theirs.

  • Being a mentor is a voluntary responsibility that can strengthen your résumé.

  • Being a mentor can result in a sense of fulfillment and growth.

How do I get involved?

The mentee and mentor application for the Fall 2021 semester is open! If you are interested in participating, please fill out the form below.