CU-Prime, CU-Boulder


CU-Prime is a student-led, diversity-focused, and community-oriented organization in the physics department. Our goal is to improve the culture of physics at CU Boulder through equity and inclusion, allyship, and education. We offer three programs for undergraduate students that include:

  • a semester-long academic class for first year students about what it looks like to do science.

  • bi-weekly research talks led by grad students that promote networking and awareness of research happening at CU.

  • a long term mentoring program that connects new physics students to graduate students and upper division undergraduate students.

Additionally, we host internal workshops to educate ourselves on issues of diversity and inclusion.



Assembly Fellow (2020): Tyler McMaken (he/him/his),

Tyler is a third-year PhD student in the Physics Department at CU Boulder. He currently does research as a theoretical astrophysicist, studying quantum effects inside black holes, and he also teaches physics courses and recitations each semester. He was an instructor for CU-Prime’s course on the Fundamentals of Scientific Inquiry in 2019, and he currently helps run CU-Prime’s biweekly research talk series. Tyler’s originally from Ohio, and in his free time he enjoys hiking, cooking, and playing piano, harpsichord, or organ at his church and in ensembles with CU Boulder’s Music Department.



Network Fellow (2018, 2019, 2020): Lucas Kolanz (he/him/his),

I have lived in Colorado all my life and went to the same school from kindergarten to senior year. I enrolled into the University of Colorado Engineering Physics program in Fall 2016 and graduated Spring 2020. I have worked in two labs so far. First, an experimental optics lab that produced femtosecond optical frequency combs. Now I am in a computational AMO lab looking at how attosecond light pulses interact with atoms.



Past Fellows:

Katie Rainey, Assembly Fellow 2017, 2019,

Simone Hyater-Adams, Assembly Fellow 2018

Jamie Principato, Assembly Fellow 2018

Kerrie Dochen, Assembly Fellow 2016

Akiharo Yamaguchi, Network Fellow 2016