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Supporting Undergraduate Scholarly Activities

URCA Mentor Program

The Office of Undergraduate Experiences, Experiential Learning Center, and Graduate School are collaborating to match motivated undergraduates interested in participating in original research, creative, and other scholarly activities with eligible faculty and staff who are committed to mentoring undergraduates in those endeavors.  You may be eligible to sponsor an Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA) student if you are affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver or Anschutz Medical Campus in any school or college.  The URCA Mentor Program also welcomes professionals working in the greater Denver community and community based organizations.  

Here, we are collecting data that will be used to populate Handshake, a platform used by the Experiential Learning Center and Career Center to inform students about experiential learning opportunities (such as, student hourly employment, internships, independent study, volunteer opportunities) and to inform faculty about the availability of interested students.  Once a position is posted to Handshake, URCA students will be able contact potential mentors with resume, cover letter, and transcript.  However, the decision to interview and engage a student is left to the mentor.  The goal of this program is to expand the pool of students and mentors interested in collaborating on undergraduate research, creative, and other scholarly activities.

In order to inform undergraduate students about experiential learning opportunities in your group, please complete and submit this form, which will be used to populate the Handshake platform. 

If you have questions or concerns about sponsoring an URCA student or about the project application, please email Lesley Bishop, or telephone at 303-556-6656 (general) or 303-556-4305 (direct).  If you have questions about the URCA Mentor Program, please email Dr. Leo P. Bruederle at or telephone 303-556-6656 (general) or 303-556-3419 (direct).

The Council on Undergraduate Research

The mission of The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship in all disciplines, including the social sciences, arts, and humanities.  Individual members receive numerous benefits, including an electronic subscription to the CUR Quarterly; access to information on funding opportunities and other resources, including support for student travel to meetings; majors discounts to attend CUR conferences, dialogues, and workshops; free access to CUR hosted webinars; and mentoring or pre-submission proposal reviews from colleagues in the discipline.

Individual membership in CUR is available at no cost to CU Denver and CU AMC faculty, staff, and students under our Enhanced Institutional Membership, which was made possible by the Office of Research and the Office of Undergraduate Experiences.  

To register for individual membership under our enhanced institutional membership, simply complete the "Individual Online Application" under “Become a Member” in the drop-down “Membership" menu at  To avoid being charged, select "University of Colorado Denver" under the "Select Institution” drop-down menu.

For more information about CUR, visit or contact our CU Denver representative Dr. Brad Stith at

 Office of Undergraduate Expereinces

Phone: 303-315-2133 • Fax: 303-315-5829

Street Address: 1380 Lawrence Street, Ste. 1400

Denver, CO 80204


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