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 beneficial if you’re considering an advanced degree 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 through the end of April for apprenticeships during the following academic year.

An exciting new addition to the research opportunities available to undergraduate engineering students is the CU Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (CU SPUR). This program takes place over ten weeks each summer. Currently there is funding for up to 40 undergraduate engineering students to work in research labs. (The program is only available to CU Boulder Engineering Students). Similiar to the DLA program, students work for ten weeks for up to 30 hours per week over the summer. Positions are announced in early March followed by a two week application window. Students are notified in early April if they receive a position.

Other Opportunities

The National Science Foundation 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.