Description: The Developing Scholars Program will bring a cohort of undergraduate students (“scholars”) to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus for a rewarding 8-week research internship. Scholars will work on a cutting-edge research project related to the fields of cell and molecular biology, developmental biology, or stem cell biology under the direct mentorship of a Ph.D. student in the Graduate Program in Cell Biology, Stem Cells and Development (CSD). During the internship, scholars will gain research training in fundamental techniques through the Bootcamp Program and will attend weekly virtual seminars designed to complement the lab component and promote career development. Seminar topics will include research talks from CSD students, presentations on developmental diseases from CU AMC clinicians, workshop sessions from CSD faculty on how to read scientific papers and how to give a talk, and panel discussions on applying to graduate school and career development. The program will culminate in scholars giving oral presentations on their research projects at a campus-wide research symposium. Through completing this program, scholars will gain hands-on experience in a stimulating interdisciplinary environment, be able to network with passionate graduate students and faculty, and benefit from resources on career development and graduate school preparation.
Who should apply: The Developing Scholars program is open to motivated undergraduates majoring in life sciences who are interested in pursuing graduate school and/or a research career. Students belonging to groups traditionally excluded or underserved in academic research, including race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression are highly encouraged to apply.
Time Commitment: Scholars will be required to commit 20 hours per week for the entire 8-week program. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, internships are expected to blend hands-on research in the lab and remote training components.
Financial Support: A stipend of $3,000 will be provided for participation in the program.