Our college is made up of dedicated faculty and students who desire to have an extensive impact on our local, regional and global community. Scientific and mathematical discovery can provide the public with the knowledge, understanding and analytical decision-making skills to help move our world in positive directions.
Building a community of scientifically-literate citizens with a passion for public service is tantamount to our success as educators.
Inclusivity in STEM
We are committed to DU’s culture of inclusive excellence and recognize that a community or institution's success is dependent on how well it values, engages and includes each voice in every conversation. Our goal is for inclusive excellence to be an embedded habit that is practiced consistently throughout our institution.
Our faculty, students and postdocs lead, participate in and support a number of initiatives to increase the accessibility of STEM programs including strategic on-boarding programs for undergraduates. Faculty support is a resource available to all of our students to maximize their time at DU.Learn More
Community Engagement Programs
Creating space to engage young investigators helps foster an inquisitive mind and cultivate future generations of informed, scientifically-literate citizens. We are dedicated to stewardship of programs that provide a place for local youth to explore their curiosity and discover their power as scientific investigators.
Summer High-School Internships: New Experimentalists at University of Denver (SHINE@DU) is a faculty-led initiative to provide local students from Denver Public Schools (DPS) with a 7-week long paid summer research internship in participating research labs at DU's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. This program provides DPS students with real-world research experiences in the Denver metro area, competitive pay, and Regional Transportation District passes for the duration of the summer with the goals of exciting these students about science and providing a unique opportunity for local participants.
MathCounts is a national math enrichment, coaching, and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement in every US state and territory. For more than 30 years, MathCounts has been one of the most successful education partnerships involving volunteers, educators, industry sponsors, and students. DU regularly hosts the Denver metro and Colorado State competitions.
Denver Public Schools Service-Learning Partnership
For DU students who love science, engineering, technology, and mathematics, one option for their service learning first-year seminar includes engaging, dynamic, hands-on STEM outreach activities for classmates and local elementary school students. Students in this seminar read scholarly and popular articles on the theory of learning and how to maximize STEM outreach impact, and evaluate STEM experts to learn techniques for effective communication of challenging concepts. They also learn and practice teaching a basic STEM concept each week—on topics selected by students. The emphasis throughout the course is on developing effective STEM outreach through clear communication, pedagogy of learning, and building connection with participants.