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 late March and applications are accepted through the beginning of May for apprenticeships during the following academic year. Students will be notified of decision in early July. 

An exciting 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 late February and applications are accepted through late March. Students are notified of decision in early May.

Other Opportunities

How do I find a faculty mentor?

How do I connect with faculty? 

  • The UROP website provides great information for connecting with faculty, including what to discuss with faculty and a template for an email to faculty.
  • Connecting with faculty