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.

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.