Charlie Nuttelman and students in undergraduate lab

The Young Scholars Summer Research Program is a 10-week research program for undergraduates hosted by the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at CU Boulder.

This highly selective program helps students prepare for graduate school and a career in research through intensive practice and professional development. The program is open to undergraduate students nationwide majoring in chemical and/or biological engineering and related fields.

Frequently Asked Questions

Although research in our department spans many diverse fields, there is a particular emphasis on research in biological engineering, functional materials and renewable energy. You may conduct research in one of these areas:

  • Biomaterials and tissue engineering
  • Biosensing
  • Biotechnology and pharmaceuticals
  • Catalysis and surface science
  • Computational science and engineering
  • Energy
  • Fluids and flows
  • Interfaces and self-assembly
  • Membranes and separations
  • Nanomaterials and nanotechnology
  • Polymers and soft materials
  • Protein engineering and synthetic biology

Dates for the program, when it resumes, will be posted here.

The number of slots available will be posted here.

When the program resumes, students can apply by providing:

  • CV or resume (two-page limit)
  • Personal statement including research experiences and interests and career plans (two-page limit)
  • Unofficial transcript

Applicants will also provide one letter of recommendation from an academic/professional reference (not a peer or personal reference).

Admission to the program will be granted on a rolling basis until all spots are filled.

The department will provide accommodations on campus at no cost to participants.