We build a connected community of students, educators, and life sciences professionals. Through mentorships and internships, we provide students hands-on experiences and an understanding of life sciences career paths.
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Bridging academic experiences to career opportunities

Undergraduate, Graduate, Ph.D. and Post-Doc

Colorado’s academic and research institutions are respected for highly ranked programs in STEM fields. The Institute bridges academic experiences to career opportunities.

Undergraduate, Graduate, Ph.D. and Post-Doc Programs
Campus Programs

Our programs open up opportunities and build relationships, bringing students and instructors together with professionals in our life sciences ecosystem.

Opening Up Opportunities and Building Relationships

Campus Programs

pairing undergraduates with professionals

Mentor Program

The Institute pairs junior and senior undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D.-level students with professionals in life sciences.


Odalis Castro

When it comes to building your career, focusing on graduating isn’t enough to lead to new opportunities.

Odalis CastroDual-Campus Bioengineering Graduate, University of Colorado Denver and University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, 2021 Fulbright Scholar
Michael Mestek, Ph.D

I enjoy sharing my career experiences with students and learning from them at the same time. I’m continually impressed by students like Odalis, who proactively seek mentoring early in their careers and love hearing about their successes.

Michael Mestek, Ph.DBoard of Directors Vice Chair, Senior Director, Global Marketing, Medtronic Patient Monitoring

During the academic year, students and mentors meet for the purpose of professional development, interactive learning experiences including tours and demos, and networking with leaders in the field.

Professional & Career Development – Students gain an understanding of what it means to be a life sciences professional, working with a variety of companies at different stages of their growth.

Skills & Education Enhancement – The program connects university knowledge to real-world applications by providing access to work environments.

Leadership Development – Experts from Colorado’s life sciences ecosystem demonstrate and share their expertise with the next generation of life science leaders.


Student Qualifications

To qualify for the program, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Studying life sciences or interested in a life sciences career
  • Undergraduates who are juniors or seniors/ graduate students/Ph.D.-level students
  • Attending school at any university in Colorado

The purpose of the program is to provide networking opportunities for professional development. Students must commit to attending the scheduled activities and maintaining professional contact with the mentors.

Deadline for applications is September 24th 5:00 PM MT.

Interest Form for 2024-2025

If a participant in the mentor program, you are invited to a series of specialized events. Registration for each event is required. Mark your calendar for the following events:

  1. Crafting Your Path: Mastering the Art of Resume Writing for Undergraduates October 11th from 3-4 PM Register Here. 
  2. Connecting Futures: Navigating the Pathways of Networking for Undergraduates November 2nd from 3-4 PM Register Here. 
  3. Master Programs Showcase November 8th from 3-4:30 PM Register Here.
  4. Crafting Your Path: Mastering the Art of Resume Writing for Graduates February 7th from 3-4 PM Register Here. 
  5. Connecting Futures: Navigating the Pathways of Networking for Graduates February 28th from 3-4 PM Register Here. 
  6. Industry Showcase: TBD

Mentor Qualifications

Mentors interact with students over a five-month period. The Institute asks that mentors:

  • Commit to working with 2-5 students during the program.
  • Collaborate with The Institute on planning programming.
  • Participate in activities that include hybrid, virtual, and in-person: kickoff event, site tours, and one-on-ones with students, among others.
Mentor Students
connecting students with companies and opportunities

Life Sciences Industry Showcase

The Life Sciences Industry Showcase connects Colorado life sciences companies to Colorado university talent from undergraduate to post doc to demonstrate the breadth and depth of the state’s life sciences ecosystem.

Participating professionals highlight their companies, provide an overview of their technologies, present their talent recruitment initiatives, and host a booth.

Get Involved

Students have the opportunity to meet with companies of interest, share information on their degree programs, and learn about job opportunities.

The focusof this Industry Showcase webinar will be on life sciences internship and/or early career opportunities currently available for undergraduate and graduate students. Learn about current and future internship opportunities and ask questions on how to get hired.