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Research Opportunities

What is the CUATRO Research Program like?

One of the main goals of Project CUATRO is to create a highly structured, innovative undergraduate research program that recruits and retains students, and graduates students in STEM degrees and careers, particularly in biology and wildlife, and natural resources. To do this, Project CUATRO uses exciting, engaged, local research opportunities to support a broad spectrum of students’ interests.

Project CUATRO will build a robust undergraduate research environment by fostering a supportive and inclusive research community of faculty and students at Colorado State University Pueblo, as well as faculty and students at Central Community College. Students will be mentored by not only faculty but by experienced undergraduate students to foster peer-group mentoring. There’s a large body of scientific evidence that now shows that undergraduate students excel when mentored by experienced faculty mentors and peer mentors.

Students from CSU Pueblo and CCC will start in CUATRO in the Spring semester and enroll in research credit with their faculty mentor. Students will be paired into mentoring teams on a research project focused on the research of their faculty mentor (for more information, see research opportunities below). During the spring semester, students may focus on scientific and communication skills and start developing techniques in the research topic specific to their project. Over the summer, students will work part-time for two months with their faculty mentor and research team on their research projects. During the fall semester, students will wrap up their research and focus their time on data analyses and preparing for the annual CUATRO event, where students will be expected to present their research results to the community.

Dr. Lauren Gillespie (CCC) and Dr. Elizabeth Peterson (CSU Pueblo) will lead the research communities at their home institutions. However, CCC students will work and collaborate with CSU Pueblo students to further foster the peer-group mentoring model. Drs. Gillespie and Peterson will lead a monthly student meeting with all CUATRO students focused on developing skills, either scientific or professional.

Summer 2022

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$500 Scholarship Opportunity

Advising for summer courses is open. New and current students are eligible for a $500 summer scholarship if enrolled in 9 or more summer credits. 

Summer Scholarship Interest Form

Schedule Advising

Registration is Open

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Registration for both summer and fall courses is open for continuing students. Students can register for classes in self-service Banner or reference the following instructions and resources.

CUATRO Program Director

Apply to CUATRO

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