Engineering Plus helps students find a 'nontraditional niche'

Undergraduate engineering programs are not known for being flexible. Research shows engineering students get about 2 percent of their degree credit hours to devote to free electives, compared to almost a quarter of credit hours for their non-engineering peers. In 2013, the College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU...

Two women discussing their ideas

8 finalists chosen for CU's Catalyze student business accelerator in Boulder

Students in the Idea Forge

Students hammer out real-world projects at the Idea Forge

May 23, 2016

Last year the former law library of the Fleming Building was transformed into a new collaborative space designated for students to imagine, design, create and test products and solutions to meet a range of needs. Billed as the Idea Forge, this 22,000-square-foot facility is an innovative engineering facility built to...

Student representing the Catalyze group

Catalyze CU-Boulder: the Perfect Launch Pad

May 23, 2016

Four engineering students from CU-Boulder packed their bags and headed to Nicaragua during the semester break. But it wasn’t for the weather. It was strictly business for the founders of SolVia Solar. The young entrepreneurs had invented a solar collector designed to replace diesel pumps for irrigation in rural areas...

GoldShirt Program

How Colorado pioneered its engineering redshirt program

Dec. 2, 2014

Today at noon, we’ll be doing a Google+ hangout to talk more about the Washington State Academic Red Shirt program, or STARS, which is helping to boost the number of women and minority students studying engineering at the University of Washington and Washington State University. A story about the program...

GoldShirt Projects

UW gives 'redshirt engineers' 5-year program

Dec. 1, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) - When she got the letter in summer 2013, Courtney Seto thought it sounded too good to be true. A free program that offered automatic acceptance into the University of Washington’s engineering school? Did everyone get this letter? Seto had already been accepted to the UW as an...

Professor Tanya Ennis

Video chat on diversity in STEM education

Nov. 30, 2014

On Tuesday, the Education Lab team hosted a Google+ Hangout about diversity in STEM and what some universities are doing to help more people of color and first-generation students earn degrees in fields like computer science and engineering. The video chat was tied to a Monday story by Katherine Long...

GoldShirt Summer Bridge Projects Course

Engineering GoldShirt Program serves as model for other universities

Sept. 26, 2014

The University of Colorado Boulder’s Engineering GoldShirt Program continued in its goal of becoming a model for other universities, recently hosting three representatives from Texas A&M who are interested in developing a similar academic redshirting program in their engineering college. The GoldShirt Program, which graduated members of its first cohort...

GoldShirt Projects Course

'Redshirting' in engineering

May 20, 2013

Following the success of academic “redshirting” -- derived from an athletic term for delaying participation to improve readiness -- at the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder, other universities are adopting the model. Boulder’s GoldShirt program, which began in 2009, identifies high school...