Mentorship Program


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.

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!

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.