Undergraduate Students Programs


Signature and Affiliate Undergraduate Programs


Undergraduate Pre-Health Program (UPP)

The program is ran out of the Office for Educational Outreach and Pathway Initiatives 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: UPP​


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 the 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. | Dominic.Martinez@cuanschutz.edu | CO-WY AMP​

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 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 | Jill.Penafiel@ucdenver.edu | CREU


Colorado Research Experience (CORE)

CORE at CU Anschutz provides research opportunities for undergraduate students from minoritized groups in science.

Contact: core@cuanschutz.edu | CORE


Colorado Summer Institute in Biostatistics (CoSIBS)

CoSIBS is a Summer Institute in Biostatistics (SIBS) program that is sponsored by a grant from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The purpose of the NHLBI SIBS program is to introduce advanced undergraduate and early-stage graduate students to the field of biostatistics and the frontiers of data sciences.

Contact: cosibs@cuanschutz.edu | CoSIBS


Community College 2 STEM (CC2STEM)

The mission of CC2STEM is to offer a summer mentoring and research training experience to local community college students interested in investigating a future career in the biomedical sciences through a mentorship program that connects the CU Anschutz Medical Campus with neighboring community colleges.

Contact: CRTEC@cuanschutz.edu | CC2STEM


Developing Scholars Program

Create a pipeline for talented, highly motivated students to apply to the CU Anschutz Cell Biology, Stem Cells and Development (CSD) PhD program.  Create mentoring structures to support the participation of underrepresented and underserved students in biomedical research.  Provide mentor training and community service opportunities for CSD students. 

Contact: Jeff Moore, PhD | jeffrey.moore@cuanschutz.edu | Developing Scholars


Diversity in Cancer Research (DICR)

The DICR Internship Program provides training and educational opportunities to encourage the pursuit of biomedical careers. The DICR program aims to improve diversity and inclusion in the cancer workforce by increasing the number of under-represented minorities (URM) trained as cancer researchers.

Contact: Jill Penafiel | Jill.Penafiel@cuanschutz.edu | DICR


Gates Summer Internship Program (GSIP)

The Gates Summer Internship Program (GSIP) encourages outstanding undergraduates to consider careers in biomedical research and regenerative medicine. This paid,11-week program provides state-of-the-art training opportunities in Gates Institute members' laboratories, supplemented by a seminar series, professional development, and social events.

Contact: Jane Rech | gsip@cuanschutz.edu | GSIP


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 is conducted by distinguished science faculty and consists of lectures, demonstrations, and laboratory research assignments. Participating in basic science programs at the Anschutz Medical Campus includes biochemistry and molecular genetics, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and physiology.

Contact: Jill Penafiel | GEMS@ucdenver.edu | GEMS


Integrated Nursing Pathway

The University of Colorado College of Nursing partners with local community colleges (Community College of Aurora, the Community College of Denver, and Red Rocks Community College Arvada) through the Integrated Nursing Pathway. This program facilitates a unique pathway for students to earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in nursing.  This distinct program offers simultaneous application and admission to the local community college and the CU College of Nursing, as well as dual academic advising to support student needs and an early introduction to the role of the professional nurse in the context of quality and safety.

Contact: Austin Singletary | Austin.singletary@cuanschutz.edu | Integrated Nursing Pathway


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 the 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 | Amira.delPino-Jones@cuanschutz.edu | LEAD


N-CORE

The Neuroscience Colorado Research Experience (N-CORE) is a paid, eight-week Summer Research Educational Internship Program. Built by graduate students, N-CORE is designed to quickly integrate undergraduate students in the scientific community at CU Anschutz. Interns meet regularly with a core set of graduate students that lead the N-CORE track. They are also paired with a Neuroscience Program Faculty member and work in their labs for the duration of the internship. In addition to research, interns participate in educational programming designed to strengthen neuroscience and scientific comprehension and to promote scientific and professional skills.

Contact: Ernesto Salcedo, PhD (AMC) | Ernesto.Salcedo@ucdenver.edu | N-Core


PIKE-PREP: Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program

The mission of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Preparation in Interdisciplinary Knowledge to Excel (PIKE) PREP is to offer a multi-dimensional mentoring and research training experience to prepare underrepresented post-baccalaureate students to enroll and succeed in a top-tier PhD or MD-PhD program and commit to a career in biomedical research.

Contact: PIKE.PREP@cuanschutz.edu | PIKE-PREP


Premed RESearch TrainInG Experience (PRESTIGE)

The mission of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus PRESTIGE Program is to provide multi-dimensional mentoring and research training in biomedical research for underrepresented post-baccalaureate students to succeed in top-tier MD or MD-PhD programs.

Contact: David Swartz, MD | PRESTIGE@cuanschutz.edu | PRESTIGE


Pre-Med/Pre-Health 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.
 

Contact: Todd Miner | Todd.Miner@cuanshutz.edu | Emergency and Wilderness Medicine


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: PURPLE@ucdenver.edu | PURPLE


RNA Bioscience Initiative (RBI) Summer Internship Program 

The RNA Bioscience Initiative (RBI) Summer Internship Program is a 10-week hands-on, mentored research opportunity for undergraduates who want to gain real-world laboratory experience in RNA biology, chemistry, biochemistry, genomics, and bioinformatics. 

Contact: rna.bioscience@cuanschutz.edu | RBI Summer Internship Program


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​


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 Department of Pediatrics faculty members at Children's Hospital Colorado/University of Colorado on the Anschutz Medical Campus. 
 

Contact: ResearchInternship@childrenscolorado.org | Summer Child Health Research​


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 | mcbauer@dinecollege.edu | SREP​


U-TRAC: Undergraduate Training and Research Achievement in Cancer

Through the U-TRAC Program, undergraduate students participate in a year-long, paid, mentored cancer-related research experience, training in biomedical concepts, research principles, and career development workshops and lectures.

Contact: CRTEC@cuanschutz.edu | U-TRAC


Webb-Waring Program Application

The Webb-Waring Center has always eagerly embraced education as key part of our mission. The opportunity to recruit, inspire, and train students who are at all levels in their evolving educations and who are aspiring to careers in medicine and biomedical research is one of our most fulfilling, meaningful, and impactful activities.

Contact:  Dan Waide | Dan.Waid@ucdenver.eduWeb-Waring Program Application

BA/BS-DDS Program

The BA/BS-DDS degree program at the University of Colorado Denver and CU School of Dental Medicine at Anschutz Medical Campus aims to promote the diversity of dental professionals practicing dentistry in Colorado and to better serve the health care needs of the State of Colorado by assembling and educating up to five students each year from broadly diverse backgrounds. Applicants must be Colorado residents who are interested in serving the health care needs of Colorado as dentists. Acceptance and participation in this program does not guarantee admission to the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine or any other dental school. 

Contact: ucdhealthcareers@ucdenver.edu | BA/BS-DDS Program


BA/BS-MD Program

The BA/BS-MD degree program at the University of Colorado Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus aims to promote the diversity of medical professionals practicing medicine in Colorado and to better serve the health care needs of the State of Colorado by assembling up to 10 outstanding high school senior students each year from broadly diverse backgrounds. Applicants must be Colorado residents and have an interest in serving the health care needs of Colorado as primary care physicians. This program is a partnership between the University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Contact: ucdhealthcareers@ucdenver.edu | BA/BS-MD Program


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 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).
Contact: Dominic Martinez, Ed.D. | Dominic.Martinez@ucdenver.edu | CO-WY AMP​

CU Denver/CU Nursing Bridge Pathway

The University of Colorado College of Nursing (CU Nursing) is proud to announce the creation of a new partnership program with the University of Colorado Denver for students interested in pursuing a career in Nursing. The CU Denver/CU Nursing Bridge Pathway was created to promote the diversity of health care professionals and to better serve the health care needs of the State of Colorado. This program will assemble up to 20 first time enrolled in college (FTIC/new freshmen) students (applicants must be Colorado residents) each year from broadly diverse backgrounds. The CU Denver/CU Nursing Bridge Pathway is designed for students currently enrolled at CU Denver who have an interest in progressing into the CU Nursing Traditional (TRAD) Bachelor of Science (BS) nursing program located on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. This bridge pathway is designed to be a 3+2 program consisting of 3 years of prerequisite coursework at the CU Denver downtown campus (Phase I) + 2 years of nursing coursework at CU Nursing (Phase II) resulting in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. 

Contact: ucdhealthcareers@ucdenver.edu | CU Denver/CU Nursing Bridge Pathway


CU Denver/SSPPS Pipeline Program

The University of Colorado, through collaborative efforts of the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPPS) and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) has launched a CU Denver/ SSPPS Pipeline Program to promote the diversity of health care professionals in Colorado and to better serve the health care needs of the State of Colorado.  This Program will assemble up to 20 outstanding students each year from broadly diverse backgrounds. Applicants must be currently enrolled at CU Denver, in their freshmen year of college (first time enrolled in college), and have an interest in serving the health care needs of Colorado as a Pharmacist.

Contact: ucdhealthcareers@ucdenver.edu | CU Denver/SSPPS Pipeline Program


Healthcare Interest Program (HIP)

The Healthcare Interest Program (HIP) is a Denver Health grassroots initiative that offers to mentor underprivileged and minority college students, empowering and encouraging them to pursue training in medicine or in other healthcare 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 participate in a book club. In completing the program, students have a better understanding of the healthcare experience, and how general science concepts are used in the healthcare setting and become motivated to pursue healthcare careers.
 

Contact: Vicky Rhine | Vicky.Rhine@dhha.orgHIP​


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.
 

Contact: Jeremiah Ramos | Jeremiah.2.Ramos@ucdenver.edu | MARC U-STAR​


PT Early Admit Program

This program is designed to bring a richness of diversity to the Physical Therapy Program at the Anschutz Medical Campus and the PT profession.  Diversity embraces race, ethnicity, gender, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, disability, life experiences, record of service and employment and other talents and personal attributes that can enhance the scholarly and learning environment.

Contact: ucdhealthcareers@ucdenver.edu | PT Early Admit Program


Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA)

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) provides CU Denver | Anschutz students the opportunity to connect with the research and creative mission of the University. Our Education through Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (EURēCA!) programs facilitate collaboration between students and faculty to incorporate inquiry, design, investigation, and discovery into learning experiences outside of the classroom. 

Contact: Erin Golden, PhD | Erin.golden@ucdenver.edu | URCA

Biological Science Initiative (BSI)

BSI awards are available to undergraduates with little or no research background interested in gaining experience in 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@colorado.eduLisa.Romero@colorado.edu | BSI​

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 on conservation has been placed on laboratory operations since 2009 through the creation of the CU Green Labs Program.
 

Contact: Kathryn Ramirez-Aguilar, PhD | Kathryn.Ramirez@coloado.edu | CU Green Labs​


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 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.


McNeill Academic Program

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

Contact: Sophie Low | mcneillprogram@colorado.edu | McNeill Academic Program​


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.

Undergraduate Research 

Undergraduate research is a valuable opportunity that is worth the effort, and you'll likely have fun doing it along the way! Student-researchers at UCCS earn 25% higher GPAs than their non-researching peers, they have a 35% higher graduation rate, and they are almost twice as likely to pursue graduate studies (Undergraduate Research Academy Impact Data, 2021). Research experiences also offers the opportunity to connect with fellow students and faculty interested in the same important topics you are and together you can help contribute to the knowledge of tomorrow!

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

Aims Community College
Contact: Laura DaVinci | Laura.DaVinci@aims.edu​

Community College of Denver
Contact: Zina Stilman | Zina.Stilman@ccd.edu
Sumathi Shankar | Sumathi.Shankar@ccd.edu

Northeastern Junior College

Contact: Cyndi Hofmeister | Cyndi.Hofmeister@njc.edu

Otero Junior College

Contact: Laurine Szymanski | Laurine.Szymanski@ojc.edu

Trinidad State Junior College

Contact: Debra Krumm | Debra.Krumm@trinidadstate.edu


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

CU Denver
Contact: Paul Rakowski | Paul.Rakowski@ucdenver.edu

CU Boulder

Contact: Vanessa Dunn | Vanessa.Dunn@colorado.edu

CU Colorado Springs

Contact: Nancy Hoist | nhoist@uccs.edu

Adams State University

Contact: Renee Beeton | rbeeton@adams.edu

Colorado School of Mines

Contact: Andrea Salazar Morgan | asalazar@mines.edu

Fort Lewis College

Contact: Jessica Pierce | jmpierce@fortlewis.edu
Don May | mayd@fortlewis.edu

Colorado State University, Pueblo

Contact: Tina Moore | Tina.Moore@colostate-pueblo.edu

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Contact: Hsiu-Ping Liu | hliu1@msudenver.edu​

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