Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, CU Science Discovery is offering its K-12 summer STEM classes in a virtual format that combines online learning with hands-on activities. To speak with our registrar, please leave a voicemail with your phone number on our main phone line (303-492-7188) or send an email requesting a call back. For current updates about the University of Colorado Boulder response to COVID-19, please visit the CU website.

To clarify, the 2020 STEM Research Experience WILL NOT BE RUNNING. 

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 be available for research duties for 30-35 hours a week, Monday-Friday. 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 CU Anschutz Medical Campus. 

Summer 2020 research topics on the CU Boulder campus were scheduled to include: 

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

Summer 2020 research topics on the CU Anschutz campus were scheduled to include: 

  • Bioengineering 
  • Biology 
  • Pathology 

The cost of this 4-week program is $1,900 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.

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. 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 emailREMINDER: The in-person STEM Research Experience is not running, so please do not reach out with inquiries regarding summer 2020.