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Get to know Discovery Learning apprentices and learn how their experiences expanded their academic horizons and prepared them for successful careers!

Discovery learning allows you to conduct research in an area related to your interests with faculty, graduate students, and industry or government partners.  Participating in discovery learning activities is especially encouraged for those students considering advanced degrees or a career in academia.

  • Undergraduate engineering students in the Discovery Learning Apprenticeship Program earn hourly wages while engaging in research with college faculty and graduate students. Students learn hands-on techniques, gain insight to a field of study, and learn life skills such as time management, flexibility and how to be part of a team. Positions are announced in early April and applications are accepted in late April for apprenticeships during the following academic year.
  • The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) supports research partnerships between faculty and undergraduates from all colleges. Students from all academic levels can participate. Grants include assistantships, team grants, or standard grants. All projects require a faculty sponsor. UROP is a campus-wide program, supporting students from all schools and colleges including the College of Engineering and Applied Science.
  • Bioscience Undergraduate Research Skills and Training (BURST) provides an hourly wage to support students who are interested in working on biomedical/bioscience projects under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Preference for awards is given to sophomores and juniors.
  • The Colorado Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) is a student organization offering its members the opportunity to gain experience in biomedical engineering by participating in a group project with a faculty advisor. The organization's mission is to introduce students to the profession and expand their knowledge of tools and techniques used in the field, while also developing members' leadership and professional qualities.
  • The Colorado Space Grant Consortium (COSGC) is a NASA program in which students earn independent study or an hourly wage to work on real satellite missions. Students participate as project managers, systems engineers, programmers, and much more. The program is interdisciplinary and its students are highly recruited by industry.
  • The College of Engineering and Applied Science allows students to earn course credit for research activities by initiating an independent study. Inquiries about specific research of interest to you should be directed to faculty members working in those areas.
  • The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) with grants to faculty members throughout the college, providing students with stipends and, in some cases, assistance with housing and travel, as they work on research projects. Inquiries should be directed to your department, or you can look for summer REU opportunities at other universities via the NSF website for REU site locations.

Key Contacts

Discovery Learning Apprenticeship Program
Sharon Anderson, Extracurricular Programs Manager
Engineering Center, ECAD 102A

Norlin Library, Room S436


Lisa Romero de Mendoza, Associate Director
Porter B058

Colorado Biomedical Engineering Society
Mackenzie Belden, President
427 UCB

Brian Sanders, Deputy Director
DLC 270B


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