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Campus Organizations & Networking

Building Your Network

Your professional network has become one of the most powerful tools you will have for landing your next job. But how do you expand your network beyond your research connections? One of the easiest ways is by participating in activities sponsored by one (or many) of the groups on campus. Each of these groups has a specific mission, and can allow you to explore different careers while expanding your professional network. 
Here is a list of on-campus groups:​​

 Graduate Student Council (GSC)

Who are we?

  • The Graduate Student Council (GSC) is an organization made up of graduate students who are interested in knowing what’s going on around campus and being involved in the events and decisions that affect the campus environment. All graduate students are welcome.

What do we do?

  • We organize and plan social events (Coffee Hours, Ice Cream Socials, and BBQs), we participate in volunteer and fundraising opportunities, we act as a liaison between graduate students and the Graduate School, and we keep the students informed of developments within the Graduate School and AMC Student Senate.

How can you get involved?

  • ​Come to our meetings – every second Thursday of the month (from September to May) from 1 - 2pm, in the Student Lounge (RC1 North Room 1310) or contact anyone on the Executive Committee (new leadership announced soon!). 

Visit our website here



 University of Colorado Denver Postdoctoral Association (PDA)

The goals of the Postdoctoral Association (PDA) are to address the needs and concerns of postdoctoral fellows within the institution by promoting postdoctoral: 

  • Advocacy – Provide representation to appropriate University committees 
  • Career Development – Promote training environments which foster the career-related needs of the postdoctoral community 
  • Community Development – Establish social and professional interaction among the CU Denver/Anschutz postdoctoral community.​ 
All postdoctoral fellows are automatically members of the PDA and are welcomed and encouraged to attend the montly meetings. 

More information about PDA activities and intiatives can be found on the PDA website​. Please send any questions to

Active participation in the PDA allows you gain the following skills and experiences: Administration, Advocacy, Committee Service,Event Organization, Networking. 



 Academia Industry Alliance (AIA)

The goal of the Academia Industry Alliance (AIA) is to bring together entrepreneurs, scientists, technology workers and businesses.

To this end, we host several networking events.  The Life Science Industry Showcase brings together technology workers and local employers.  Our annual Rocky Mountain Biotechnology Symposium is dedicated to showcasing the contributions of our local biotechnology industry.  In addition, once a month we invite a local entrepreneur to the CU campus for Brews and Biotech.

Everyone working at the University of Colorado is welcome to join us, either by signing up to our email newsletter or by coming to our monthly meetings - help us make our next events even more useful for you and the scientific community!

If you are interested, please email us at​ and/or visit our website​.

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 BEST Program

According to the report of the NIH Workforce in June 2012, just 26% of PhDs in biomedical research move into tenured and tenure-track positions in academia. However, the training of biomedical science graduate students is often still exclusively designed for academic employment. 

In 2013, the NIH selected 10 universities nationwide (out of more than 100 applicants) for the BEST award with the task to include career development opportunities in biomedical science training that will increase the preparedness and employability of bioscience PhDs in the non-academic workforce. The Graduate School at the University of Colorado Denver|Anschutz Medical Campus is proud to be one of the ten 2013 BEST awardees. 

With the leadership of the BEST Program Principal Investigator, Dr. Inge Wefes​, and in collaboration and with the support of the trainees' mentors, it is our goal is to broaden experiences in scientific training for our PhD students and postdocs. To this end, we offer career seminars, workshops, boot camps, courses, internships and engagements with our bioscience advisors and successful alumni/ae.



 Association of International Researchers (AIR)

​​Mission: To promote cultural diversity, inclusive excellence and networking thereby contributing to the University’s Strategic Priority five that states “Enhance diversity university-wide and foster a culture of inclusion.”


  • ​Serve as a venue to unite the international community
  • Provide a platform for cultural exchange between international members and their domestic counterparts
  • Build a tight-knit community that is inclusive of all members (international and domestic)
  • Foster a sustainable community by providing a support system for incoming, current, and former members and a forum to share ideas, concerns and career opportunities


International and domestic personnel affiliated to University of Colorado Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus including undergraduate, masters, medical, health-professional, law, and graduate students; postdoctoral fellows; medical residents; medical fellows; and staff scientists, instructors, research associates, and faculty.

Being an active member of AIR, one can gain the following skills:

  • Leadership and team building 
  • Communication, especially  with a diverse community, which is preferred by many institutions & industry 
  • Planning & implementation 
  • Networking, Collaboration, and Career Connections 
  • Business & financial management
  • Mentorship 

If you are interested in being part of this dynamic group or would like to subscribe to our mailing list, please email us at​​​​​​


 Careers in Sciences Club (CIS)

Begun in 2007, the Careers in Scien​ce Club (CIS) is a student-run organization based at the Anschutz Medical Campus of the University of Colorado Denver|Anschutz Medical Campus. The organization is dedicated to career development for students, post-docs, and faculty of the University of Colorado. CIS has the following goals:
  • ​Introduce interested members of the university to the potential science careers outside of academia.
  • Educate research scientists about what skills they might need in order to excel outside the university and how to attain those skills. 
  • Act as a liaison to connect talented scientists with the bioscience community. 

Contact: Have an idea for a speaker, event or networking opportunity?  Or just want to send a comment or question?  Sign up for our mailing list or ask away at

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 Junior Faculty Meetup

​​The Junior Faculty Meetup is designed to be question and answer sessions or panel discussions on issues pertinent to junior faculty and postdocs. The first meetup of the year is Monday, February 8th. ​

More information coming soon! 


 PhD Post

No photo description available.The PhD Post is a peer-written newsletter for postdocs and graduate students. It provides fun and useful information about our community – alumni interviews, career development, current events, and more. The PhD Post also offers trainees opportunities to develop their non-technical writing skills and demonstrate their ability to communicate with a variety of audiences.

Check out our website and read current and past issues at

If you are interested in contributing or learning more, contact us here!

 Peer NETwork group

​The Peer NETwork group provides informal get-togethers aimed at networking, identifying career development needs, and creating an enviorment for brainstorming sessions. 

More information coming soon! 


 Project Bridge

Our mission is to bridge the communication gap between scientists and their communities by giving researchers the tools and opportunities to foster public interest in scientific research.

To achieve this, ​Project Bridge Colorado focuses on the following areas:
  • Workshops and trainings to help scientists strengthen their broad communication skills
  • Community engagement events that bring science diretly to the public
  • Science advocacy events that encourage open discourse between researchers and our elected officals​
More information on our website or email us with questions at​


Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science Student Chapter at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz SACNAS Chapter)


To further the work of, to improve the effectiveness of, and to enhance the public understanding of and appreciation for underrepresented minorities in science;

To cooperate with other individuals, organizations, clubs, and other groups promoting these advancements;

To promote student recruitment and retention of minorities in science, while also providing a forum for individuals from different science majors and science related majors to come together for academic, community service and social activities.


  1. Improve awareness of and opportunities for professional and career development workshops for members;
  2. Establish sustainable lines of community based outreach to increase the impact of the chapter both on- and off-campus;
  3. Maximize on opportunities available on-campus for members by improving the lines of communication between program directors, organizations and other CO Chapters;
  4. Invite motivational speakers to emphasize the importance and impact of successful minorities in science;
  5. Sponsor routes to conference preparation and participation for members.
  • Zoila ‘Isabel’ Fernandez - President 
  • Alexis D Catalá - Vice President 
  • Emmanuel 'Manny' Rosas - Secretary 
  • Meagan Chriswell - Treasurer
  • Carlos E Catalano, PharmD, PhD - Faculty Advisor

Contact Information


Social Media:

SACNAS Google Calendar:


 Women in STEM

Women in STEM is a student-run organization established on the Anschutz Medical Campus in 2015. Our mission is to substantially increase the representation and support of women in science, engineering, mathematics, and other related technology disciplines, through advocacy, skill building, and fostering allies among our male peers.  

We welcome participation from all students and professionals on campus!!

Our goals include:

  • Cultivating discussion and awareness about issues related to women in STEM fields
  • Creating mentorship and fellowship opportunities between students and female staff and faculty
  • Providing and promoting opportunities for career development and advancement for students and trainees

In addition to our role on campus, Women in STEM aims to promote STEM education for youth who are not traditionally encouraged to enter jobs in these fields (i.e. girls, minorities, low-income students) and to be a source of community education on STEM issues. To this aim, we organize a variety out outreach and mentoring opportunities with the local community.

Like us on Facebook at and email us at to join out listserv and learn about upcoming events and opportunities.

​​We would love to hear from you if you have any ideas, suggestions, or questions for us!



 Young Hands in Science

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Bringing hands-on science activities to students in Colorado to increase science engagement, knowledge, and diversity. ​

As a volunteer you will ... 

  • gain teaching experience 
  • help your local community 
  • educate the next generation of scientists 
  • design new science activities 
  • take a break from the lab to show kids how much fun science is 
  • encourage students from diverse backgrounds to pursue science careers 
  • gain leadership experience as a member of the executive board 
  • volunteer as often as you like

There are a​lso a number of off-campus groups that provide networking opportunities:  

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