Our 2018 STEM Research Experience program runs July 2-26, 2018 and will culminate in a poster session with all participants. 

We are pleased to announce the details for our 4th annual STEM Research Experience! In this 4-week program, CU Boulder 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 which will prepare participants to be 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.

Current research topics by location include:

CU Boulder Campus:

  • Aerospace Engineering Sciences
  • Biophysics and Biochemistry
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering
  • Geological Sciences
  • Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research
  • Mechanical Engineering

UC Denver’s Anschutz Medical Campus: 

  • Bioengineering
  • Pulmonary Science and Critical Medicine
  • Renal

Note: Participants must be aged 16 by July 2, 2018 in order to participate in the Anschutz STEM Research Experience program.

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

  • Daily lunch on campus during the program
  • 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


Admission to the STEM Research Experience is selective through a competitive application process. Completed applications are due April 1, 2018. Participants will be notified of acceptance by April 21, 2018. Admission decisions are made by CU Science Discovery. Payment will be required upon admittance to the program.

Science Discovery will do it’s best to match qualified applicants with appropriate mentors. Specific projects can not be guaranteed. The more open applicants are to different fields of study, the better their chances of getting placed.

Current Research projects for both the CU Boulder and the UC Denver Anschutz Medical Campus can be found found here. Research projects are subject to change throughout the spring and early summer and are in no way guaranteed by this list. 

Please note: This is NOT a residential program.

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