Questions about becoming a Discovery Learning Apprentice, or have questions about your current apprenticeship? Have a look at the frequently asked questions below. You can also find overview information in the DLA Brochure.
Still have questions or concerns? Contact Dan Watson at 303-492-4404 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following requirements apply to this program:
You will submit bi‐weekly timesheets and be paid as any other student employee, based on your hours worked. The pay rate for fall is $10/hour, with an increase to $11/hour in the spring, provided there has been satisfactory performance (up to $1500 for the fall semester and $1650 for the spring semester). You will need to check on the terms of your particular scholarship to see if income adversely affects your award. In most cases, it will not, but this depends on the scholarship.
This program provides structure to the undergraduate research experience, and some additional oversight at the college level, which is appreciated by many participating faculty members. Also, the college supports Discovery Learning Apprentices with half of their hourly pay, up to $750 match for the fall semester and $825 match for the spring semester. This helps a faculty member leverage his/her undergraduate research dollars. Faculty members also see this as a way to encourage student interest in their research areas, and possibly interest students in attending graduate school in their discipline.
No, that is not necessary unless listed as a requirement for a project in which you are interested.
This is a college‐wide program, while BURST and UROP are campus programs and have their own requirements. You can learn more about them at their respective websites:
Enter your high school GPA (high school students) - if it was above a 4.0, enter 4.0. Enter your GPA at your most recent college (transfer students).
All things being equal (GPA has not increased/decreased, etc.), it will generally improve your chances as we like to give this opportunity to as many students as possible.
Carefully review the list of projects that are available to you and only apply to projects for which you are qualified. Don’t waste one of your choices on a project for which you do not meet the requirements. You can also look at a full list of projects ordered by discipline here. Once you have reviewed the list, consider to which projects you can best contribute and which ones most closely match your interests and career plans.
You are most welcome to do so, as it will help you decide if you are really interested in his/her project and may cultivate his/her interest in you.
You first must enter a major so that the project choices available to your major can be displayed, and the full list of projects will only be available for viewing during the application window from April 1 until April 30.
Normally, you must be registered in the system as an undergraduate student in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. If you have an IUT on file with the college and your chances are good for being accepted, we will consider your application.
No, you are generally considered a graduate student in the last year of a BS/MS program and this program is for undergraduate students only.
No, but they help us determine if we are doing a good job of proportionately distributing these positions across the diverse members of our college community.
Put this as one of your three skills or qualifications on the online application - these should be items that you feel make you a great candidate for the positions you selected.
This is based on where you are in your curriculum – are you taking freshman, sophomore, junior or senior courses? Or you can enter "fifth-year senior" if you have completed most of your requirements.
Juniors are most common, with some sophomores, some seniors and a few fifth-year seniors. Freshmen are rare and generally only accepted if they have exceptional qualifications.
Yes, and we suggest you take this requirement seriously. The online application will not allow you to complete the application without uploading these documents and if you upload non‐serious attempts, the Program Administrator will contact you and ask you to resubmit these documents to be considered for a position.
No, we recommend that you do them sequentially – either the DLA for the first year, followed by an independent study in the second year, or vice versa.
Sorry, you missed the deadline….you can apply next year if you are still around!
Whether you are accepted to the program is decided by the program administrator, Dan Watson. He will suggest you for a specific project and the faculty member must approve your assignment.
We expect to accept approximately 50 students into the program for the 2013‐2014 academic year.
Students are notified that they have been accepted in early June. This notification comes via email. You must respond with an acceptance or rejection within 1 month of the offer. If you are not accepted to the program, you will be re‐considered at a later date if another student should choose to drop out of the program before beginning or shortly after the fall semester begins.
There is an opportunity to enter a Boulder address, phone number and email as well as a summer address, phone number and email. We suggest you keep an eye on your email in early June when offers are made. A lack of response to the email offering you a position may result in the position being offered to another!
Please let us know of your plans to withdraw as soon as possible, so we can offer the position to another qualified candidate who may not have been accepted in the first round of offers.
Yes, the Discovery Learning Apprenticeship is an employment commitment and it should be treated as you would any professional job. You are expected to behave in both an ethical and a professional manner throughout the year. Dropping out for frivolous reasons (valid reasons might include a family emergency, or health problem) reflects negatively on you and may affect your ability to secure a reference letter from your faculty supervisor for future employment, scholarships, graduate school applications, etc. In addition, accepting a position with an attitude of “I’ll try it and see if I like it and drop out if I don’t” is a disservice to the many other students who applied and were not accepted to this highly competitive program and a disservice to the faculty member who has invested time, effort and money in you. Finally, your work in the program may not be counted for the Discovery component of the Active Learning Award if you do not complete the program.
Students have reported that the DLA program helped them in any number of ways, including: