Mentor Program

Since 2013, the mentor program has paired junior and senior level undergraduate students with professionals in the life science industry. The program runs over the course of the academic year for the purpose of professional development, hands-on interactions and networking with leaders in the field.

The 2020-2021 Mentor Program is going virtual! The Insitute is excited to announce that the program will continue to connect students to mentors in a new digital format. More details to come soon.

Goals of the Mentor Program:

  • Professional & Career Development – Students will be provided with the opportunity to gain an understanding of what it means to be a life science professional in a working environment across a variety of companies in various stages of their growth.

  • Skills & Education Enhancement – The program strives to bridge the gap between university knowledge and the reality of industry by providing access to company environments.

  • Leadership Development – Established industry experts can demonstrate and share expertise with the next generation of life science leaders.

Applications for the 2020-2021 Virtual Mentor Program are open from September 1, 2020 - October 4, 2020.

How do students get involved?

Due to the high demand of this program, applications will be accepted by junior and senior level students beginning mid-August. Students must be committed to attending the scheduled activities and maintaining professional contact with the mentors. At this time, the program is only open to students attending school at a Colorado university. Activities will be planned around major testing and vacation schedules for the main Colorado Universities to the best of The Institute’s ability and based on participation. Please be aware that the main purpose of the program is to provide networking opportunities for the purpose of professional development.


What does it take to be a mentor?

The Mentor Program runs from mid-October through late February. Mentors should be committed to working with up to five undergraduate students during the program. Programming will be planned in a joint effort by The Colorado BioScience Institute and participating mentors. Activities will include a kickoff event, site tours, and one-on-ones with students, among others.

2014-2018 Participating Mentor Companies:

  • 3D Health Systems

  • Biodesix

  • CHD Bioscience

  • Clinipace

  • Cochlear

  • ConMed

  • dBMEDx

  • Medtronic

  • National Jewish Health 

  • Osypka-Medtec 

  • Sharklet Technologies

  • Stryker

  • Terumo BCT

  • Tolmar

  • Vention Medical

Program Schedule

October 7, 2020 (4:00-5:30pm) 2020-2021 Mentor Program Kick-Off Event

More to be Announced!

Past Program Schedule

February 13, 2020 (6pm-7pm) Resume Tips & Trick, DU Ritchie School (registration required)

March 3, 2020 (5 pm - 7 pm) Project C.U.R.E. (registration required)

November 12, 2019 (4:30pm) Tour Osypka Medtec, Longmont, CO (RSVP required)

October 21, 2019 (2:00-4:15pm) Zimmer Biomet Spine On-Site Tour (Space limited - RSVP required) see email for details

October 16, 2019 (11:30am-1:30pm) Resume Tips & Tricks, CSU (RSVP required)

October 1, 2019 – Last day to submit applications for the 2019-2020 Mentor Program

October 1, 2019 – Kick Off Event at Terumo BCT (10811 West Collins Ave., Lakewood, CO)

August 5, 2019 – Applications for the 2019-2020 Mentor Program Open


For questions and more information on how to get involved, please contact Natalie Allen,