CU-STARs (Science, Technology and Astronomy Recruits) is a University of Colorado program to recruit first-year students from diverse backgrounds to scientific careers. The program is open to all interested students, and we meet biweekly throughout the academic year.

Recent News and Announcements

Applications for the Fiske Planetarium Internship for the 2014-2015 academic year are now closed. We had many more applications from outstanding candidates than internship spaces, and so we had to make some very difficult decisions. However, all students, Interns or not, are encouraged to participate in all CU-STARs social and outreach events and become a part of the CU-STARs community!

In January 2014, the STARs spent several days at the CEC Middle College in downtown Denver. We talked with nearly every sophomore in the school, teaching them about cosmology, nanotechnology, engineering, exoplanets, solar structure, and spectroscopy, through various lecture and lab exercises our STARs put together. This was an extra special trip for our group, since it was a homecoming for one of our interns, back to the high school he attended!


CU-STARs is sponsored by the department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences (APS) and is designed to recruit and support incoming CU students from diverse backgrounds who are planning a math, science or engineering major.

Here are some of the benefits you'll enjoy as a CU-STAR:

  • Community Outreach
    Design and lead outreach trips to communities around Colorado to teach high school students about astronomy, science, and technology as an "astro-ambassador".
  • Telecopes and Community Star Parties
    Learn how to use the telescopes at the Sommers-Bausch Observatory on campus and participate in public observing and star parties around Colorado.
  • Advising, mentoring, and tutoring
    Get personalized help on choosing classes, applying for scholarships, navigating CU, excelling in your coursework, and more!
  • Opportunities for a paid internship at Fiske Planetarium
    Several applicants will be selected to receive a paid internship during the academic year at our newly upgraded world-class planetarium to work on a variety of programs in astronomy, technology and science education.
  • Great friends and fun events
    Be part of a small, close-knit group of exceptional students; get to know the APS department and the faculty in a series of special events during the academic year.

CU-STARs/Fiske Planetarium Internship

Information for the 2015-2016 CU-STARs/Fiske Planetarium Internship will become available in May 2015. Internship applications will be due on September 4th, 2015.

CU-STARs Events Calendar

This calendar shows all CU-STARs events, as well as events run by other campus groups and departments that we encourage our members to attend!

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