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Bridges to Baccalaureate REU Program Overview

Do you have questions about the program or need help with the application? Please drop-in (any time) to one of the free workshops in Challenger Point Building (FRCC Larimer Campus) room 228:

Wednesday 1/29 9am-12:30pm

Friday 2/7 10am-4pm

Wednesday 2/12 2:30pm-6pm

Friday 2/14 9am-4pm

Monday 2/17 9am-12:00pm

Tuesday 2/18 12pm-5pm

Wednesday 2/19 9am-12:30pm

Thursday 2/20 1pm-5:30pm

Real world problems and their solutions are researched and studied in labs following standardized processes for scientific research. The path of research encompasses:

  • gathering information regarding what’s already known in the field on a specific topic
  • developing the right questions to ask in order to learn about a new aspect
  • conducting experiments which attempt to answer those questions
  • interpreting this new data, and
  • communicating the learned knowledge to the greater community

Although individual groups may work on one or more parts of this cycle, it is critical that students appreciate and acquire some understanding of the entire process. The B2B REU program provides students an introduction to a variety of aspects of research in the sciences. In addition, students participate in activities that will enrich their presentation, ethics and career skills. See the Program Specifics section for more details.


Besides offering students competitively paid summertime positions in or near their city of residence, the B2B REU program aims to:

  • connect community college students to their local university community
  • conduct cutting-edge academic research at Colorado State University, and
  • provide opportunities in research labs specifically for students at an earlier stage in their undergraduate education who would not normally have the chance to participate in research at their home institution. Students from underrepresented groups are of particular focus.

In an effort to achieve these goals simultaneously, our 2020 REU Mentors & Projects Available section highlights the lab opportunities available this year. New student researchers can be plugged into thoughtfully-constructed assignments, aiming to maximize discoveries.