Published: Sept. 12, 2017 By

Graphic reading "We want your innovative ideas on how CU Engineering can recruit and retain women and minority students."This summer, our college announced a new strategic vision. One pillar of that vision includes getting more underrepresented groups engaged and excelling in STEM fields.

So how do we do this?

Well, we want your ideas. Reaching our goal of becoming the first public engineering college with a 50 percent women undergraduate population, while reflecting the demographics of our state’s high school graduates, requires more than words. And that’s what a new initiative from our BOLD Center is all about.

We want innovative ideas from our faculty and staff for how we can recruit and retain women and minority students in engineering. And we’ll pay for them! A team from computer science and the BOLD Center is offering grants of up to $3,000 for proposals that help to increase participation and persistence in engineering and computing. 

The deadline is Monday, Oct. 2, so dream big and submit your ideas soon. If you have questions about the program, please email

Sarah Miller is the Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence in the College of Engineering & Applied Science.