Buff Bulletin Board

The Buff Bulletin Board, a listing of campus announcements, is a service of Campus Communications.


Summer piano lessons for children and teens

The CU Youth Piano Program offers piano lessons for the summer 2021. All levels and ages are welcome!

Details about the program:

  • Students register for either 7 or 14 lessons this summer. Lessons can be online or in-person.
  • Instructors are graduate teachers––piano majors in the master's or doctoral program who love teaching kids!
  • Options of 30, 45 or 60 minutes per week.
  • Scheduling is flexible depending on child and instructor availability, with the option of skipping some weeks (because of travel, etc.).
  • Lessons start after May 17 and must end by Aug. 15.
  • Open to children ages 6–18. All levels of experience welcome.

Learn more or pre-register today.

Summer piano lessons for children and teens

The CU Youth Piano Program offers piano lessons for the summer 2021. All levels and ages are welcome! 

Details about the program:

  • Students register for either 7 or 14 lessons this summer.
  • Instructors are graduate teachers—piano majors in the masters or doctoral program who love teaching kids!
  • Options of 30, 45 or 60 minutes per week.
  • Scheduling is flexible depending on the child and instructor availability, with the option of skipping some weeks (because of travel, etc.)
  • Lessons start after May 17 and end by Aug. 15.
  • Open to children ages 6–18. All levels of experience welcome.

Learn more or pre-register online.

CU Boulder South community meetings to be held April 9, April 12

The city and the University of Colorado will be hosting two community meetings to provide information and listen to feedback on the CU South Annexation project:

  • Friday, April 9, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.––Briefing Session
    City staff will provide an update on the ongoing negotiations between the city and CU Boulder, and CU will have representatives on hand to answer questions. Join meeting here. Want to call in instead? Dial 346-248-7799 then enter the meeting ID: 919 7464 0182 and use the passcode: 450601
  • Monday, April 12, 4 to 5:30 p.m.––Listening Session
    Community member are provided the opportunity to share feedback with City Council members, city staff and CU Boulder representatives. The link to that meeting will be provided here the day of (April 12.)

Campus affiliates and community members are encouraged to review the Briefing Book, which includes a brief summary of new information and what has changed over the past few months.

COSINC calls for proposals on material characterization projects

person in COSINC lab

Now through April 30, the Colorado Shared Instrumentation in Nanofabrication and Characterization (COSINC) research facility is calling for new proposals that would be enabled by their equipment and staff.

The program aims to encourage new and innovative projects. Each selected effort will receive up to $500 of equivalent instrument time and 100 hours of assisted usage fee ($3,500 equivalent, some restrictions apply), for a period of six months. A total of three projects will be competitively selected from applications in any academic discipline or research area.

Learn more and apply.

Where do you go for printing or bulk mail?

Did you know the Ink Spot provides:

  • Bindery, fulfillment, and standard and bulk mailing: Your only campus source for nonprofit mailings!
  • Variable data printing: With our digital press capabilities, we can create variable data print projects that allow you to individualize each printed sheet or mail custom personalized letters, postcards, packets and more. 

Ink Spot Copy Center | UMC, first floor

Share your feedback on library services and collections

Hello world

Many library services changed or were disrupted due to the pandemic. CU Boulder librarians are interested in learning more about how these changes may have affected your use and satisfaction with our services, spaces and collections. 

Participating in the survey

  • If you consent to filling out the survey, you will be asked questions that should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.
  • While there are no known risks to completing the survey, you are allowed to skip questions that make you uncomfortable.
  • Participation in this survey will not benefit you directly, but your answers will help improve existing services and guide our plans for the future.
  • Participation in this survey is completely voluntary. Your participation is anonymous and you may withdraw from the survey for any reason, and at any time without penalty.

Participants who complete the survey have the option to enter a drawing for a $5 Amazon e-gift card.    

The following survey has been reviewed and approved by CU Boulder's Institutional Review Board protocol 21-0044. Please contact either of the co-investigators (gabrielle.wiersma@colorado.edu or arthur.aguilera@colorado.edu) if you have questions or concerns about this survey or research project.   

Take the survey.

Research subjects needed for study on AI drone interaction

We are conducting research to investigate how people interact with an autonomous simulated aerial drone to conduct surveillance and reconnaissance missions using natural language and sketches.

We are looking for healthy subjects aged 18-65 who can use a computer keyboard and mouse. Subjects will be tested for ~1.5 hours and will be compensated a minimum of $9 with the opportunity to earn a merit-based bonus of up to $20.

If interested, email a researcher at: humanrobotdialogstudy@lists.colorado.edu

Innovative data science course approved for fall 2021

This fall, a new introductory data science course, Interdisciplinary Data Science for All (AHUM 1825), aims to empower students to view data through a humanist lens and to see the humanity within data.

"AHUM 1825 is going to break down the boundary between the qualitative and quantitative. This is the kind of course that will get [students] thinking about knowledge and problem-solving in a new way."

Preparations are still underway for teaching this new course, so please stay tuned for further details as they become available. Learn more.

Instructors: Submit book, course material information for fall 2021

Instructors will soon receive email communications requesting book and course material information for fall 2021 courses. As a reminder, campus policy states faculty and departments are required to identify what books and other course materials are required for their classes before the day that students begin to register for classes.

In addition, Colorado Revised Statute 23-1-134 requires the university to collect all book and course material information, including materials with no cost or courses with no required books or materials, to ensure students are informed prior to course registration which courses and sections use open educational resources (OER) or other low-cost course materials. Please submit all book and course material information, including materials that are free or courses with no materials required.

Course material information is critical to provide financial transparency to our students and to help them plan ahead. It is also needed in order for the university to maintain Higher Education Opportunity Act and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance. Disability Services needs sufficient lead time to gain access to and prepare books and materials in suitable alternative formats for students who need them.

The CU Book Store has designated a staff member to facilitate any faculty needs around this. His name is Ryan Windle, and his contact information is:


Thank you for your prompt attention to this faculty responsibility.

It's time to order commencement regalia

Undergrad regalia

Undergraduate students purchase regalia from the CU Book Store, either in store or online. Shop the full selection of inventory in-store during CU Book Store hours or during the Grad Appreciation Days Gear Grab, 9 a.m to 4 p.m. April 19–23.

Students may also order online. To ensure you have your regalia in time for the May 6 livestreamed commencement ceremony and virtual recognition ceremonies, order by:

  • 2 p.m. MDT April 26 for standard shipping
  • 2 p.m. MDT May 4 for free in-store pickup

Rush shipping options are available for orders placed after April 26. 

Graduate regalia

Master’s and doctoral students wear regalia purchased online from Jostens. The regalia set includes the gown, hood, cap/tam and tassel, and is yours to keep.

The order deadline to receive your regalia for the Grad Appreciation Days is Friday, March 26. If you do not wish to wear your regalia to the Grad Appreciation Days, you have until 11:59 p.m. MDT Friday April 2 to receive the regalia by the first week of May.

Research study: Were you tested for COVID-19 at CU Boulder?

saliva tube on campus

If you have participated in campus COVID-19 testing at any point, please take five minutes to join our research study. Help us uncover new ways to diagnose and understand this virus using your leftover saliva from testing. 

To participate:

  • Must be at least 17 years old*
  • Complete a brief online consent form and survey

Support infectious disease research today! Enroll now at covidcu.com. If that link does not work, copy and paste this URL into your browser: https://redcap.ucdenver.edu/surveys/?s=J9M7JCYK9J

If you enrolled prior to February 2021, please consider re-enrolling to have the option to participate in follow-up surveys to help us understand how your COVID-19 experiences have changed over time.

*Family members of CU affiliates 18 years of age and older who have participated in CU saliva testing are also eligible!

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to one of our study personnel at cupandemicstudy@gmail.com.

The CU Pandemic Research Team
University of Colorado Boulder | BioFrontiers Institute
IRB Protocol #20-0417

Eye tracking study: Earn $50-70

human eye

The Emotive Computing Lab at CU Boulder is looking for participants for a study of eye movements and brain activity during learning.  

You are eligible to participate in this research study if you:

  • are at least 16 years of age
  • are a student (at a high school, college or university)
  • are fluent in English
  • are in good health
  • have no history of seizures
  • have normal or corrected-to-normal vision
  • are proficient with computers
  • have not previously taken part in the Online Learning study with our lab (check if unsure)

What does my participation entail?

The study requires one visit of between 2 and 3 hours to the lab on CU Boulder’s East Campus (1777 Exposition Drive, Boulder, CO 80309; see COVID-19 safety procedures below), plus one 30-minute follow-up questionnaire to be completed online. 

The first visit will involve having your eye movements, physiological responses (e.g., heart rate), video of your face/upper body, and brain activity non-invasively recorded while you complete a computer-based reading task and answer several questionnaires. It will take approximately 2 to 3 hours, and you will be paid $20 per hour for a total of $40-60.

About a week later, you will complete a 30-minute online survey; upon completion you will receive an additional $10. Note that travel compensation is not provided.

If you are under 18, your parent or guardian will also need to provide consent.

What are the COVID-related safety procedures?

We will take utmost care to ensure your safety for the duration of the visit, with stringent procedures approved by CU administration.

  • We provide masks, handwashing stations and temperature checks on arrival.
  • All occupants of the building are required to wear a mask at all times.
  • All equipment is sterilized between uses with medical-grade disinfectant.
  • You will be alone in the testing room for most of the study (a researcher will run the session from an adjacent room, instructing you via video conference).
  • Only six people will be in the facility at a time (43% of usual occupancy).

How will I get paid?

Payment will be via an Amazon gift card.

What are the next steps?

If you are interested in participating, please sign up online. You can contact us at eyemindlink@gmail.com with any questions.

Thank you for your time,
The Emotive Computing Lab