CU Science Discovery is pleased to announce the return of the summer STEM Research Experience in 2022! In this 4-week program, CU Boulder and CU Anschutz 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.

As part of the STEM Research Experience program, participants will be offered a Research Methods class which will prepare them to be productive members of the research community. This course 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.

Program participants will learn: 

  • What it's like to be a scientific researcher 
  • How to become a research scientist 
  • The process by which research is conducted
  • How to probe data for answers to important questions

Course details:

  • Dates: June 27 - July 22, 2022
  • Cost: $1,995 and covers the following:
    • Daily lunch on campus during the program (CU Boulder campus only)
    • Daily parking permit or bus pass (CU Anschutz campus only)
    • 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
    • Note: This cost structure is for the commuter (local) version of the STEM Research Experience. If you wish to reside on campus while participating in this program, you must register for the residential program through our partner Summer Discovery. To clarify, registering through CU Science Discovery will not cover room and board.
  • Course participants will be grouped by research interest and assigned a mentor that will guide them through the learning experience. Outside of class time, students will meet with mentors in the research lab to discuss research topics, learn techniques and perform research.
  • Between live class time, Mentor + Student group meetings and completing independent research, this course will require approximately 30-35 hours each week.
  • The course will conclude on July 22, 2022 with a STEM Research Expo. Each student will prepare a poster presentation for family, friends and fellow researchers to enjoy. As an added bonus, participants will be encouraged to publish their work in scientific journals focused on High School researchers.

Examples of past research topics include:

(Note: This list is provided to give applicants an idea of what topics have been offered in past years. Summer 2022 research topics will be provided as program mentors are solidified.):

  • Aerospace Engineering Sciences
  • Bioengineering
  • Biology
  • Biophysics and Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Computational Biology
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering
  • Engineering 
  • Geological Sciences
  • Hydrology 
  • Immunology 
  • Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medicine 
  • Microbiology 
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Pulmonary Science and Critical Medicine
  • Renal

Application process: 

Our online application is now open! Please click here to apply. Applications will be accepted until the application link is removed, and applicants will be notified of their status by mid-April 2022.  

Science Discovery will do its best to match qualified applicants with appropriate mentors, but specific projects cannot be guaranteed. The more open applicants are to different fields of study, the better their chances of getting placed. Admission to the STEM Research Experience is through a competitive application process, and admission decisions are made by CU Science Discovery. Payment will be required upon admittance to the program.

Please note: This is NOT a residential program. Information regarding the STEM Research Experience residential program, offered through Summer Discovery, can be found here.  

For additional information, contact Dr. Kathryn Penzkover via email.