Other Research Opportunities

Interested in additional ways to support your research and creative activities? View opportunities below to connect with programs on the CU Denver Campus and ways to access national programs. Scroll below or click here to view programs at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.

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University of Colorado Denver Opportunities

EURēCA! Student Assistants and Fellows Programs

The EURēCA! Student Assistants and Fellows Programs provide opportunities for CU Denver undergraduates to get paid to engage in research and creative activities as they explore what it means to be a scholar in their discipline.

EURēCA! Student Assistants is an introductory program that leverages federal-work study dollars and grant funds to provide entry-level salary support to undergraduates new to the research and creative enterprise.

The EURēCA! Summer Fellows Program is a highly competitive summer research program that provides a small number of CU Denver undergraduates with stipend support to conduct original research, creative, or other scholarly activities in collaboration with a CU Denver | Anschutz faculty mentor. These eight-week fellowships last through June and July and include weekly professional development training, cohort meetups, and other learning opportunities.

EURēCA! Website


The MARC U-STAR scholarship program provides support to undergraduate students underrepresented in the behavioral or biomedical sciences who are interested in pursuing graduate training at the Ph.D. level. The MARC U-STAR award provides support to students for a consecutive 24-month period during there final 2 years at CU Denver, including financial support, funded research opportunities, and individualized mentorship and guidance.

Additionally, The U-RISE program provides Freshmen and Sophomores with opportunities and scholarships to learn more about behavioral and biomedical research.


Professional Research Experience Program (PREP)

The Professional Research Experience Program (PREP) is a partnership between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado Denver. It is our objective to provide research opportunities at NIST and to facilitate collaborations between our faculty and NIST staff. The program places undergraduate and graduate students, as well as post-doctoral researchers, in NIST labs to gain hands-on research experience working with NIST researchers. Student participants receive full tuition reimbursement (at in-state resident levels) and a monthly stipend or hourly wage. The opportunity is also available to international students. 

Applicable majors include all engineering disciplines, chemistry and physics. 

PREP Website

TRIO McNair Scholars Program

McNair Scholars is a federally-funded program that supports and encourages first-generation and underrepresented students in their pursuit of post-graduate doctoral degrees. McNair Scholars are provided with research opportunities, faculty mentoring, seminars, and community support to foster their intellectual, personal, and professional growth.

At CU Denver, the program serves 25 academically-skilled juniors and seniors each year who have strong ambitions to complete their PhD.

TRIO McNair Scholars Website

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Colorado Undergraduate Research in Environmental Health Sciences (CUREHS)

Paid year-long research and mentorship opportunity in Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Specifically for Sophomore to Senior level undergraduate science majors from an underrepresented minority population, with disabilities or disadvantaged background

Research opportunities include: biomonitoring of environmental exposures, genetics of environmental lung disease, Immunology, nanomaterial safety, environmental causes of cancer, effects of inhaled pollutants, traumatic brain injury, liver toxicology and effects of ethanol as examples.

Program includes mentoring on careers in environmental health, applying to graduate or professional schools, responsible conduct in research training, research retreat and social activities

CUREHS Website

Health Professions 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 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. 

BA/BS-MD Program Website

Psychiatric Undergraduate Research Program and Learning Experience (PURPLE)

The Psychiatry Undergraduate Research Program and Learning Experience (PURPLE) is an internship opportunity for individuals pursuing an undergraduate degree or who have recently graduated with their Bachelor's degree. PURPLE is designed to introduce young people to the field of  mental health by encouraging participation in supervised research activities. Student interns for this 12-week program are selected on a competitive basis. Ours is the only program at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus that provides: 1) clinical research mentorship, 2) to undergraduate students and 3) with a focus on mental health.

PURPLE Website

Undergraduate Training and Research Achievement in Cancer (U-TRAC) Program

The U-TRAC Program at The University of Colorado Cancer Center on the Anschutz Medical Campus will consist of a 1-year mentored research experience coupled with training in cancer concepts, research principles, and career development in the form of workshops and lectures.

Hop on the U-TRAC to Success! 

U-TRAC Website

Undergraduate Pre-Health Program (UPP)

The program out of the Office for Educational Outreach and Pathway Initiatives at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. 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. 

UPP Website