The University of Colorado Boulder is an NSF Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) legacy institution, and continues to give the highest priority to encouraging and supporting diversity. We invite you to explore this site to learn about numerous science, math, and engineering opportunities that exist at CU Boulder for both graduate and undergraduate students from historically underserved backgrounds.

The Colorado Diversity Initiative, under the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement (ODECE), oversees several programs on the CU Boulder campus to promote diversity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Colorado Advantage Graduate Preview Weekend

The Colorado Advantage Graduate Preview Weekend is sponsored annually by the Colorado Diversity Initiative, and is intended for college seniors, recent graduates and masters degree students interested in pursuing a STEM doctoral degree at the University of Colorado Boulder. This year's program is currently scheduled to take place Oct 1–3, 2020. Applications received by September 4 will receive the highest consideration. We will begin accepting applications in August.

SMART Program

The 2021 SMART Program dates are May 31 to Aug 6. Please register through the Leadership Alliance SR-EIP website; you can begin the application process as early as November 1, 2020. Complete applications must be received by February 1, 2021.

SMART students work hard and play hardThe University of Colorado Boulder offers 10-week summer research internships for rising juniors and seniors through the Summer Multicultural Access to Research Training (SMART) program. The program aims to improve access to STEM research for racial/ethnic groups which are underrepresented in science, math, and engineering (African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native/ Native Pacific Islander), and for first-generation college students who are economically disadvantaged. Students with disabilities are also welcome to apply. The internships provide hands-on experience in research and an introduction to graduate education at a leading university. Fifteen to twenty undergraduates from institutions nationwide take part in this challenging and informative program each summer.

SMART interns conduct research projects in science, math, and engineering fields under the guidance of a faculty mentor and see firsthand graduate student life at a major institution. Interns also interact in the social environment of a large university and in a community of underrepresented peers.

SMART students present their research as a posterFor the 2021 SMART Program, applicants must apply through the Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) before they can be selected for SMART. SMART students will be chosen by CU faculty from the pool of accepted applicants to the Leadership Alliance SR-EIP. Please go to the Leadership Alliance SR-EIP website for more information on how to register and apply.


Barbara Kraus, - (303) 492-5779
Amahl Turczyn, - (303) 492-4607
Kristin Lopez, - (303) 735-1706

Our graduate student community is what makes our programs so effective. They make our mission to increase diversity in the STEM fields at CU happen. To interface directly with this community, check out the STEM Routes Mentorship Program.


Other Research Opportunities for Undergraduates
STEM Routes Mentorship Program
CU STEM Student Organizations