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CO-WY Alliance for Minority Participation


 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). 

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CO-WY AMP Summer Research Initiative (SRI)​

The Colorado-Wyoming Alliance for Minority Participation (CO-WY AMP) has developed the Summer Research Initiative (SRI) opportunity for students from both 2-year and 4-year institutions in order to integrate them into laboratories and research programs with direct mentor/professor supervision in both academic-year research as well as summer research enrichment programs.


CO-WY AMP International Research Experience  (IRE)​ 

The Colorado-Wyoming Alliance for Minority Participation (CO-WY AMP) has developed the International Research Initiative (IRE) for students at both 2-year and 4-year institutions to provide laboratory research or field experiences at international locations. As part of the IRE program, students are provided transportation and additional funds to cover housing or incidental costs, as needed. The international program must have a clear scope of STEM research or field experience that involves a faculty mentor with on-site supervision for the duration of the project.


CU Denver 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. 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. Approximately 20-40 UROP applications (Full and Mini-Grants) are awarded each spring semester. 


Summer Undergraduate Multicultural 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. 


Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica: Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)​ 

​La Selva Research Station and Las Cruces Research Station provide undergraduate students with unparalleled access to tropical forest ecosystems, mentoring by experienced tropical ecology researchers, and training in field research methodology. Each student will work with an on-station mentor as well as an on-campus mentor from his/her home institution to ensure the integration of the summer research experience into students’ academic careers.​


The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program​ 

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. CLS is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century's globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness.​

CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus Graduate School

The Graduate School administers and serves Master's programs, Doctoral programs, Certificates, and non-degree courses throughout all thirteen schools and colleges across both the Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campuses. We offer resources and support for prospective graduate students, current graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty.​


The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Bridge to the Doctorate (BD)

The Fellowship program award supports dedicated graduate students from domestic underrepresented minority backgrounds that are pursuing graduate studies in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs at LSAMP Institutions.​ ​​​​

CO-WY AMP Funding Opportunities​

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.

The information requested in this form is collected for grant reporting purposes only and is strictly confidential. Your willingness to provide all the information listed below will assist us in continuing CO-WY AMP support to students at CU Denver. If you have any questions or concerns about the information in this form, Please contact CU Denver’s CO-WY AMP coordinator, Dr. Dominic F. Martinez at CO-WY-AMP@ucdenver.edu​.

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Ashley.jpgAshley Bourke

Ashley Bourke was born and raised just outside Detroit, Michigan. Ashley graduated with honors from the Lyman Briggs College of Natural Science at Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. Currently, she is a fourth-year PhD Candidate in the Pharmacology program at the University of Colorado Anschutz studying cellular neuroscience with Dr. Matt Kennedy. For her thesis work, she is investigating how neuronal proteins make it to the correct subcellular location, in the appropriate quantities, at the right time, and how neural activity coordinates this process. Ashley is also an LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate, HHMI Gilliam fellow, NSF GRFP fellow, and co-founder of the Women in STEM group at CU Anschutz.


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Aimee Johnson graduated with a degree in Public Health from CU Denver. She spent last summer working with the NASA AMES Research Center (ARC) in San Jose, CA, researching the effects of hypergravity on the skeletal system. She is passionate about the future of space research and the International Space Station. 

She presented at the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research on the research she conducted at NASA.

Read more about Aimee Johnson in this featured article


CO-WY AMP Staff



Dominic F. Martinez is the Site Coordinator for the Colorado-Wyoming Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation at CU Denver, and the Senior Director of the Office of Inclusion and Outreach at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Before becoming the Senior Director, Dominic served as the Director, Assistant Director and Associate Director of the Office which he has now been with for over ten years. Prior to his arrival at CU, Dominic worked at the University of Wyoming as the Assistant Director of Admission and coordinator of Minority Student Recruitment for over four years. Dominic graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Multicultural History and Student Movements. Dominic received his Masters of Arts degree in Religious Studies with an emphasis in diversity and cultural/religious identities from the Department of Religious Studies at CU Boulder and his Doctorate of Education degree in Leadership for Educational Equity from CU Denver School of Education and Human Development. Dominic and his wife, Amber Martinez are proud parents of three beautiful children.



Kathy Le and is a sophomore at CU Denver studying biology, and is an undergraduate assistant for the CO-WY AMP program. Kathy's interests include tennis, arts and crafts, baking, hanging out with friends and family, and volunteering. She likes to help others when she can, whether it is through work, school, volunteering, etc. She is very outgoing, creative, hardworking, caring, and always willing to lend a hand. Throughout her time as a student at CU Denver, she would like to be able to get her biology degree and advance in the medical field as a Dermatologist. She wants to be able to have connections with patients and continue providing service in the community. Kathy is also a first-generation student. She thinks the CO-WY AMP program is a great opportunity for students in the STEM field to continue pursuing the goals they want to achieve with support along the way.  


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Samone Hubbart

Samone Hubbart is a Program Tutor for the Colorado-Wyoming Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation at CU Denver, and a junior at the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) majoring in Biology, on a Pre-Med track. She is a math tutor for the Learning Resource Center at CU Denver, and an Outreach Coordinator for the Biology Club. During her free time, she enjoys volunteering at hospitals & nursing homes, helping with research, and reading.





CO-WY AMP Advisory Committee

Mike Ferrara, PhD
Director of STEM Education Initiatives, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor, Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
University of Colorado Denver

Craig Lanning, M.Sc.
Instructor, Department of Bioengineering
University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus

Gracie RedShirt Tyon, MA
Oglala Lakota/Oceti Sakowin
Director, American Indian Student Services
Center for Identity & Inclusion

Timberley Roane, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Integrative Biology
University of Colorado Denver​
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