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, faculty, and industry representatives, 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. Eligible students will receive an email with a link to the application in late March.
  • If you think you qualify, but did not receive a link to the application, please email: Sharon.E.Anderson@Colorado.Edu
  • Prior DLA Students and Prior CU SPUR students are not eligilble for future DLA positions
  • View Projects for 2018/2109 Here 
  • Application is closed for the 2018/2019 academic year. The link above to the projects is to give an idea of the types of projects that are offered each year. Check back in Spring 2019 to apply for 2019/2020.
  • The 2018 Discovery Learning Apprenticeship (DLA) Symposium will take place in mid April 2019. Check back for exact date/time/location in spring 2019.