CU Science Discovery's STEM Research Experience is a 4-week summer mentorship program that partners high school students with CU researchers. CU faculty and graduate students act as mentors to highly motivated high school students interested in gaining real world laboratory experience. Each mentor works with 2 students, based on research interest.

Students are expected to work 30-35 hours a week, Monday-Friday on their research project. Work schedules may vary among different labs. Readings and assignments may be assigned prior to the start of the program. Participants will be offered an optional Research Methods class designed to prepare them to become productive members of the research community. This course will meet 1-2 times weekly and will focus on research topics such as how to find and read scientific articles, how to determine the validity of data and good writing techniques.

STEM Research Experience programs are offered at both the CU Boulder campus and the UC Anschutz Medical Campus. 

Summer 2019 research topics on the CU Boulder campus included: 

  • Biological Sciences 
  • Chemistry 
  • Ecology 
  • Engineering 
  • Geological Sciences 
  • Math 
  • Physics 

Summer 2019 research topics on the CU Anschutz campus included: 

  • Bioengineering 
  • Biology 
  • Pathology 

The cost of this 4-week program is $1,800 and covers the following:

  • Daily lunch (CU Boulder campus only); Parking permit or bus pass (CU Anschutz campus only)
  • A stipend for the mentor to offset all costs associated with mentoring
  • A materials fee to offset all lab materials used by participants
  • The cost of a research quality poster to present at the culminating poster session
  • Research Methods class

Research projects are subject to change throughout the spring and early summer and are in no way guaranteed by this list. Science Discovery will do it’s best to match qualified applicants with appropriate mentors, but specific projects can not be guaranteed. The more open applicants are to different fields of study, the better their chances of getting placed.

The dates for the summer 2019 STEM Research Experience were July 1-26, 2019.

Admission to the STEM Research Experience is through a competitive application process. The summer 2020 STEM Research Experience application will be posted in spring 2020. Add your email address to our Teen Programs mailing list, and be among the first to know when the new application is live. Admission decisions are made by CU Science Discovery, and payment will be required upon admittance to the program.

Please note: This is not a residential program. If you're interested in the STEM Research Experience with a residential component, please connect with our partners at Summer Discovery

For additional information, contact Kathryn Penzkover via email