Discovery (basic research)
This area emphasizes traditional research opportunities with a focus on scientific discovery. Work will involve primarily lab-based bench-top research and/or computer simulations. The approach will be hypothesis-driven, with expectations for academic productivity similar to most PhD programs in basic sciences and engineering, i.e., dissemination of research work through peer-reviewed outlets, ability to formulate and defend research approaches, etc. This track is most applicable to students interested in pursuing research careers in academia or industry. Research opportunities under this track abound at CU Denver at both the CU Anschutz Medical Campus and CU Denver. Likewise, a number of possible research opportunities are available under this track with affiliate faculty at CU Boulder.