Signature and Affiliate Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Pre-Health Program (UPP)

The program is ran out of the Office of Inclusion and Outreach at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Students selected for this program are historically low-income and underrepresented in the health professions. Participants spend eight to twelve weeks working along side medical professionals and/or conducting research, and participating in workshops related to health disparities and cultural awareness. Participants in UPP also meet monthly throughout the academic year for Saturday Academy sessions on topics ranging from health disparities to professional development and leadership. 

Contact: Alisha Elliott | | UPP Homepage​

Colorado-Wyoming Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CO-WY AMP)

The Colorado-Wyoming Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CO-WY AMP) mission at University of Colorado Denver is to increase the number of historically and currently underrepresented African American, Native American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, and Alaska Native students earning bachelor’s and graduate degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). CU Denver is one of the host institutions in Colorado and Wyoming. This program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation; our main administrative office is at Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Contact: Dominic F. Martinez, Ed.D. | | CO-WY AMP Homepage​

Cancer Research Experience for Undergraduates (CREU) 

Through the University of Colorado Cancer Center's Cancer Research Summer Fellowship Program, every summer 35 to 40 college undergraduate students and a few advanced high school students are given the opportunity to spend ten weeks in our laboratories at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado Boulder and other Denver-area health care institutions. The goal of the program is to engage scientific curiosity in the next generation of scientists, challenging qualified college undergraduates and exceptionally gifted high school students to consider a cancer-related career in the future.

Contact: Jill Penafiel | | CREU Homepage​

Building Research Achievement in Neuroscience (BRAiN)

The University of Colorado Denver, in collaboration with New Mexico State University, is proud to present an exciting opportunity for junior and senior undergraduate students to perform cutting edge neuroscience research in the state-of-the-art research facilities at the Anschutz Medical Campus Research facilities in Aurora, Colorado and at their home campus in Denver, Colorado or Las Cruces, New Mexico. As a recipient of the National Institutes of Health’s multimillion dollar initiative Blueprint ENDURE (Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences), the BRAiN program aims to raise interest and opportunities in neuroscience research for individuals who are typically underrepresented in the field. Specifically, BRAiN is designed for the budding undergraduate scientist who is from an underrepresented population and who is interested in pursuing a graduate degree (PhD) in neuroscience.

Contact: Ernesto Salcedo, PhD (AMC) | | BRAiN Homepage​
And/or Sondra Bland, PhD (Downtown Campus) |  

Graduate Experiences for Multicultural Students (GEMS)

GEMS introduces undergraduate students from diverse and traditionally under-represented groups to the biomedical research career opportunities offered at the graduate level of a major health sciences center. Students enroll in a ten-week summer research internship course.  The course conducted by distinguished science faculty and consists of lectures, demonstrations, and laboratory research assignments. Participating basic science programs the Anschutz Medical Campus include biochemistry and molecular genetics, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, neuroscience​, pharmacology, and physiology.

Contact: Jill | GEMS Homepage


Psychiatry Undergraduate Research Program​ and Learning Experience (PURPLE)

The Summer Research Program for Undergraduate Students at the PMHI is designed to introduce young people to child and adolescent psychiatry by having them participate in research activities. 

Contact: Emmaly Perks | | PURPLE Homepage​

Summer Undergraduate Minority Mentoring in Translational Science (SUMMiT)

SUMMiT is a collaborative series designed to quantitatively and qualitatively enhance summer undergraduate research programs by focusing on the unique needs of traditionally underrepresented students in science and research fields. Selected trainees will participate in targeted career development sessions held throughout the summer. 

Contact: Dominic Martinez, Ed.D. | Dominic.Martinez@cuanschutz.eduSUMMiT Homepage​

Summer Research Enhancement Program (SREP)

A unique training program for students interested in public health prevention research in Native communities.

Contact: Marc C. Bauer, PhD | | SREP Homepage​

Leadership Education for Aspiring Doctors (LEAD)

The Leadership Education for Aspiring Doctors​ (LEAD) program is an opportunity for diverse undergraduate (pre-medical) students to gain the tools and skills necessary to lead innovative transformation of the American healthcare system. We are seeking to develop diverse future physician leaders who can transform the quality, safety, efficiency, and patient experience in healthcare. 

Contact: Amira del Pino-Jones, MD | | LEAD Homepage​

Summer Child Health Research Internship

The Department of Pediatrics offers summer research opportunities for rising high school seniors, college students and first-year medical students. Students will work in the lab with members of the Department of Pediatrics faculty at Children's Hospital Colorado/University of Colorado on the Anschutz Medical Campus. 

Pre-Med Emergency & Wilderness Medicine Program

Interested in a hands on pre-med course? For undergraduate and graduate college students (and recent grads) the University of Colorado School of Medicine is offering an exciting new hands-on opportunity to explore the fields of emergency and wilderness medicine.


Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

The CU Denver Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) is a competitive program designed to financially support research projects for CU Denver undergraduate students.  Undergraduate research is an opportunity to extend learning outside the traditional classroom, laboratory, or studio; to utilize creativity and curiosity in the development of new knowledge, art, or innovation; to become more self-confident and independent; and to gain experience in presenting results to peers and mentors. UROP supports student projects under the broadest possible definition of “research.”  All declared undergraduate students, independent of college or school, are eligible for UROP research funds. 

Contact: Mary Baitinger | | UROP Homepage​

Summer Bridge Program 

The Summer Bridge Program is designed to allow Pre-Collegiate students who plan to attend CU Denver to get an early start. Students who wish to participate in the Pre-Collegiate and Educational Opportunity Programs Summer Bridge Program must be incoming freshmen who have participated in one of the CU Pre-Collegiate Programs and have been admitted and plan to attend the University of Colorado Denver in the fall following high school graduation.

MARC U-STAR: Maximizing Access to Research Careers Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research

The MARC U-STAR scholarship program provides financial and academic support to students who are interested in research careers and plan to pursue a Ph.D. in the behavioral or biomedical sciences. The scholarship is funded through a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

Colorado-Wyoming Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CO-WY AMP) 

The mission of the CU Denver Colorado/Wyoming Alliance for Minority Participation (CO-WY AMP) program is to increase the number of historic​ally and currently underrepresented African American, Native American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, and Alaska Native students earning bachelor’s and graduate degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Contact: Dominic Martinez, Ed.D. | | CO-WY AMP Homepage​

Healthcare Interest Program (HIP)

The Healthcare Interest Program (HIP) is a Denver Health grassroots initiative that offers mentoring to under-privileged and minority college students, empowering and encouraging them to pursue training in medicine or in other health care professions. It was created by Dr. Lilia Cervantes as a result of her experiences growing up in poverty in Denver and not having access to healthcare while learning to speak English as a second language. HIP students shadow physicians and other healthcare providers in the hospital or clinics, attend lectures that connect basic science coursework with real-world healthcare topics and health disparities, and take part in a book club. In completing the program, students have a better understanding of the healthcare experience, how general science concepts are used in the healthcare setting, and become motivated to pursue healthcare careers.

Contact: Noelle Northcutt, MD | | HIP Homepage​

Biological Science Initiative (BSI)

BURST awards are available to undergraduates with little or no research background interested in gaining experience in a bioscience or bioscience-related research lab. Students work on projects under the guidance of a faculty member. Preference for awards is given to sophomores and juniors.

Contact: Lisa Romero De Mendoza | | BSI Homepage​

CU-STARs: CU Science, Technology, Astronomy Recruits

CU-STARs (Science, Technology and Astronomy Recruits) is a University of Colorado program to support first-year students from all backgrounds interested in space, through both outreach into high school classrooms around Colorado and in reach community building events. CU-STARs is open to all interested students, with a special focus on supporting those who are members of underrepresented groups, including but not limited to women, students of color, ethnic minorities, LGBTQ students, students with disabilities, first generation students, military veterans, etc.

CU Green Labs

Laboratories are important centers of intellectual innovation and discovery in our society. They also have a large environmental footprint. Because laboratories are large consumers of resources and thus present huge opportunities for conservation, a special emphasis for conservation has been placed on laboratory operations since 2009 through the creation of the CU Green Labs Program.

Contact: Kathryn Ramirez-Aguilar, PhD | | Green Labs Homepage​

McNeill Academic Program

The McNeill Academic Program is a multicultural learning community that supports student's academic, personal and professional development through outstanding faculty and staff, excellent instruction, collaborative learning, community engagement and leadership development.

Contact: Sophie Low | | McNeill Academic Program Homepage​

WAMS & First Nations Program

In the spring of 1988, the University of Colorado established the White Antelope Memorial Scholarship. This Scholarship has been instrumental in assisting American Indian students toward the completion of their baccalaureate degrees. The White Antelope Memorial Scholarship is dedicated to the memory of the Cheyenne and Arapaho people who lost their lives during the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864. White Antelope, a courageous leader of the Southern Cheyenne, died at Sand Creek while attempting to negotiate peace with the Colorado militia.

Center for Student Research 

The Center for Student Research provides information to help the process in identifying a research experiences.  We can help you find a faculty mentor, connect you to resources like funding opportunities, and we will provide workshops throughout the year to help you hone your research and presentation​ skills. 


The Colorado Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CO-AMP) Two Year Partners

Aims Community College

Contact: Laura DaVinci |​

Community College of Denver

Contact: Zina Stilman |
And/or Sumathi Shankar |

Northeastern Junior College

Contact: Cyndi Hofmeister |

Otero Junior College

Contact: Laurine Szymanski |

Trinidad State Junior College

Contact: Debra Krumm |

The Colorado Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CO-AMP) Four Year Partners

CU Denver

Contact: Paul Rakowski |

CU Boulder

Contact: Vanessa Dunn |

CU Colorado Springs

Contact: Nancy Hoist |

Adams State University

Contact: Renee Beeton |

Colorado School of Mines

Contact: Andrea Salazar Morgan |

Fort Lewis College

Contact: Jessica Pierce |
And/or Don May |

Colorado State University, Pueblo

Contact: Tina Moore |

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Contact: Hsiu-Ping Liu |​