Tessie Dawson poses in the boxing ring

Students in Focus: Knocking out cancer by fighting for a cure

April 4, 2018

Stephanie "Tessie" Mernick is willing to take a punch to beat cancer. To do that, the CU Boulder graduate student is learning to box to raise money and awareness.

Engineering students and professor gathered around a big, fluffy dog in their laboratory

Students in Focus: Autonomous companion dog for people with dementia

March 22, 2018

The autonomous dog has new tricks, thanks to a student engineering team. The goal is to create a robotic companion dog that can improve the quality of life for elderly people with cognitive impairment.

Junior JT Abate skiing

Students in Focus: Junior JT Abate serves as Olympic forerunner

Feb. 23, 2018

JT Abate, a junior mechanical engineering student, is in South Korea forerunning the downhill, super-G and super combined for both men's and women's events.

Colorado State Capitol building

Students in Focus: Learning the ropes as a legislative aide

Feb. 16, 2018

This semester, sophomore Makenna Sturgeon is working as a legislative aide for Colorado Rep. Bob Rankin. On top of the experience she's gaining, she also gets to work on another goal: helping people.

Nora Barpal poses with euphonium at Grusin Music Hall

Students in Focus: Charting a new career with Entrepreneurship Center for Music

Feb. 9, 2018

When Nora Barpal saw the many music career possibilities available to her at CU, confused about how to proceed, she turned to the Entrepreneurship Center for Music to help her chart a new path.

Two students with their telerobotic model

Students in Focus: How to control lunar robots from space

Jan. 30, 2018

Humans have already been to the moon, but two engineering undergraduates have their eyes set on helping humans explore the entire solar system with the aid of robotic partners.

Five engineering students who are developing Pulse, an advanced sensory system for the blind

Students in Focus: Increasing mobility for the blind

Oct. 25, 2017

People with vision impairments face a perpetual problem: maneuvering through a world of obstacles and hazards. Meet Good Vibrations, a team of students with a solution.

Layne Jackson Hubbard plays with a young child

Students in Focus: Empowering early childhood development

Oct. 4, 2017

Funded by a National Science Foundation fellowship in human-computer interaction, PhD student Layne Jackson Hubbard has designed playful prototypes to support young children in expressing their ideas.

Max Armstrong performs prosthetic socket fitting

Students in Focus: Affordable prosthetic system could help amputees worldwide

Sept. 12, 2017

Prompted by an eighth grade robotics project, engineering undergraduate student Peter "Max" Armstrong has been working ever since to create an affordable socket for prosthetic limbs.

Graduate student Villiam Klein sets up 360-degree camera to be launched via balloon

Students in Focus: Chasing the moon at 100,000 feet

Sept. 6, 2017

While watching the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse in Jackson, Wyoming, graduate student Viliam Klein filmed the event using a 360-degree camera packed on a high-altitude balloon.