Whether helping develop new diagnostic techniques for heart disease, or detecting the effects of nuclear waste, discovery learning apprentices make the most of their time at CU Boulder by supplementing classroom instruction with real-world engineering experience.

Undergraduate engineering students in the apprenticeship program earn hourly wages (currently $12/hr) while engaging in research with college faculty and graduate students. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for admission to the DLA program. Positions are announced in late March, and applications are accepted through the end of April for apprenticeships during the following academic year. Students may work up to 300 hours in these positions over the course of the academic year (average of 10/hrs per week over 30 weeks in the academic year). Students attend several mandatory seminars and all DLA students present a Power Point presentation in the spring as a culmination of their work. The top presenters then move on to present a poster at the annual DLA symposium each April. 

As an undergraduate discovery learning apprentice, you’ll work alongside graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty as collaborative partners on original research. We find that students bring a fresh perspective to the research team while also learning from their more experienced partners.

  • The minimum GPA to apply for a DLA position is 3.0. Students with a GPA of 2.8 or higher will receive an email with a link to the application in early May.
  • If you think you qualify, but did not receive a link to the application, please email: Sharon.E.Anderson@Colorado.Edu
  • If your GPA is below a 3.0, but you think you have what it takes, please email Sharon.E.Anderson@Colorado.Edu to discuss!
  • Prior DLA Students and Prior CU SPUR students are not eligilble for DLA positions
  • This program is open to current CU Boulder students enrolled in the College of Engineering and Applied Science only. 
  • View Projects for 2020/2021 here
  • Applications for 2020/2021 will be open from  May 1st - May 31st 
  • View a webinar on the DLA application process. Available until June 1st. Log in with your identikey credentials (only available to CU students)
  • Students will be notified in July if assigned to a project.
  • The 2021 Discovery Learning Apprenticeship (DLA) Symposium will take place on April 9th, 2021 in the Engineering lobby in the afternoon from 2-4 PM.