Who we are

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CU-Prime is a growing, evolving organization with lots of amazing people working hard to make it happen! Here's a little bit about who we are, in no particular order...

Facilitation/Mentorship Team

In addition to helping out with general facilitation around CU-Prime, our team helps to build community between students of different levels of study by matching graduate/undergraduate mentors with mentees and by organizing group activities like museum trips, barbecues, and more! To get in touch with us, feel free to email

Pablo Aramburu Sanchez

Pablo (he/him) is a fourth-year PhD student studying hybrid quantum systems. Originally from Mexico, when not doing physics he can be found biking, skiing, or hiking around Colorado.

He works on the mentorship program and diversity workshops. 

Pablo works in the Lehnert Lab in JILA.

Emily Griffith

Emily Griffith (she/her) is an NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Emily has been part of the Access Network for six years, getting her start with Polaris at Ohio State. She is passionate about teaching, mentorship, and making STEM a place where all students feel comfortable and excited to learn. In her spare time, Emily enjoys training her pet parrot and puppy.

2023 Class Team

We are the instructors for the Fall 2023 iteration of CU-Prime's class, PHYS 1400! To get in touch, email us at

Sara Moore

Sara (she/her) is a second-year PhD student working on optofluidics in Juliet Gopinath's lab. She's originally from California and in her free time enjoys baking, rock climbing, hiking and swimming.

Maeve Andersen

Maeve (she/her) is a fifth-year graduate student in the physics department. Her hobbies are: working with linux, cuddling with her girlfriends, and watching Youtube. She is a co-instructor for CU-Prime's Autumn 2023 PHYS 1400 course.

Tate McDonald

Tate (he/him) is in his second year as an undergraduate physics major. He took PHYS 1400 in 2022 and now is excited to share his experiences as a co-instructor!

Talks Team

We are the organizers for CU-Prime's biweekly talk series! If you'd like to help out with the planning, setup/tear-down, eating free pizza, or giving a talk, feel free to reach out to us at

Tyler McMaken

Tyler (he/him) is a sixth-year physics PhD student. He was an instructor for PHYS 1400 in both 2019 and 2021, and he has been helping run CU-Prime’s talk series since pre-pandemic times. Tyler’s originally from Ohio, and in his free time he can be found playing piano, harpsichord, or organ at his church.


Tyler works with Andrew Hamilton in JILA studying quantum effects inside black holes.

Wes Johnson

Wes (he/him) is a fourth-year graduate student simulating ultra cold ion crystals in a penning trap. When not in front of the computer, he can be found hiking or biking. Born and raised in Arizona, he'll be happy to suggest trips / destinations around the southwest.

Diment Yuan

Diment (Jingchen) Yuan (he/him) is an international student from Shenzhen, China. He is in his third year at CU Boulder. He developed an interest in physics in middle school through reading The Brief History of Time and is currently majoring in physics and math. Diment loves to play music, from classical violin to rock'n roll electric guitar. His goal is to be able to do research on theoretical physics going into a PhD program.

We also want to acknowledge all the contributions from past CU-Prime organizers—these are the people who have made CU-Prime possible and have helped it to flourish from its founding to the present!

& all other organizers not included on this list!