ChBE students who perform laboratory research learn valuable lab skills, independent thinking, design of experiments, and boost their resumes. There are numerous opportunities, as detailed below.
Research for Pay
- Discovery Learning Apprenticeship Program (DLA) - Students may also find a research position through application to the College of Engineering's DLAP.
- Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) - Students may apply for financial assistance through UROP; the UROP office is located in Norlin S430, and their phone number is 303.492.2596.
- Bioscience Undergraduate Research Skills and Training (BURST) program - The BSI office is in Porter B058, and the phone number is 303.492.8230.
- National Institute of Standards & Technology Professional Research Experience Program (NIST PREP) - Fellowships are awarded for students to work in NIST labs. GPA > 3.0.
- Faculty - Some faculty have research grants specifically designed to support undergraduates.
- REU's (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) - these programs can be found throughout the world. Here at CU, the Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels (C2B2) works in collaboration with the National Science Foundation to offer a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) summer program. The C2B2 program provides students with the opportunity to work at one of the four partnered institutions including the federal National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Colorado School of Mines, the University of Colorado at Boulder and Colorado State University. The video below captures student work and opinions from the Summer 2010 C2B2/NSF REU program.
Please see more on Senior Thesis and Independent Study on the Undergraduate Opportunities webpage.
Volunteering in the Lab
Even if no paying positions are available and class credit is not an option, volunteering in the lab can still provide valuable experience. This is especially true for freshmen, sophomores or those with little to no research or work experience.