Denver Student Training in Research Science (STaRS) Program

Provides an opportunity for high ability high school students in their junior or senior year from marginalized backgrounds and those interested in exploring careers and educational opportunities in the areas of research, biomedical and clinical fields, and translational sciences. The program consists of a research experience, trainings and mentoring opportunities to broaden and encourage applications to undergraduate, medical and graduate programs at the University of Colorado.

The Denver STaRS Program is a partnership between the University of Colorado, CCTSI, and the Office of Inclusion and Outreach at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.

This year Denver STaRS is offering a remote opportunity for students to participate in a Bio-Engineering type internship through the Office of Inclusion and Outreach at CU Anschutz.

Research Experience

Eligibility Requirements

Students from underrepresented communities (including but not limited to students of color, students with disabilities, LGBTQIA students, recent immigrants and students who will be the first in their family to go to college) and are part of the Executive Internship program through Aurora Public Schools will be given priority. Additionally, students in Denver School of Science and Technology Montview and Green Valley Ranch Campuses, along with Aurora Central, Hinkley and Smoky Hill High school are highly encouraged to apply.

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 (preferred 3.5)
  • Complete application and essay
  • Must be at least 16 years of age by the start of the research experience
  • Must be available for 8-10 consecutive weeks, for 8-10 hours per week (no weekends)
    • Reconsider involvement in the STaRS program if involved with other extracurricular activities such as sports or other activities. Missing a research day for participating in those activities is not a valid excuse


Expose students to bio-engineering, and other research fields to increase awareness of areas and career options.

The specific projects change for year to year. Each project will focus on creating prototypes to help people with physical disabilities. Examples of topics students may learn about in the internship include:

  • Human Centered Design, Design Justice
  • Crip TechnoScience
  • The Medical and Social Models of Ability and Disability
  • 3D Modeling and 3D Printing
  • Electronic Textiles
  • The Scientific Method


8-10 weeks, 8-10 hours per week year round.

Skills Gained

Based on your individual research experience. Examples include Scientific Research and Writing, Introspection and Collaboration Skills, survey creation and administration, use of creative technology such as, 3D modeling, CNC mills, electronic components, and sewing machines.

How to Apply

Please complete the online application to formally apply to the program and be considered. If you are interested in participating in the STaRS Program and have any questions, please contact Sam Dancis.