The STEM Research Experience mentor programs run from July 5-28, 2017 at a cost of $1,700 per student.

CU Boulder faculty and graduate students mentor students in this four-week summer program. Each mentor works with 1-2 students, based on research interest.

Students work 30-40 hours 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.

CLICK HERE for a complete list of summer 2017 research projects to date.


Admission to the STEM Research Experience is selective and based on a record of academic achievement. Completed applications are evaluated on a rolling basis. CU Science Discovery makes all admission decisions. Payment will be requested upon your admittance to the program.

Looking for a residential version of the above program? In partnership with Summer Discovery, we offer the above programs with a residential component. Click here for complete details.


As an added benefit, all high school students enrolled in Science Discovery classes and Academies will receive a year-long account to Couragion’s career exploration app (valued at $30). With this app, students will experience STEM careers firsthand through videos of diverse STEM role models, self-reflection quizzes, and customized learning plans. Such exposure will help students see the real-world applicability of their STEM courses and find career options that best align to their interests and values. Click here to learn more. 

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