BioEngineering Empowerment Program

The BioEngineering Empowerment Program (BEEP) was created in the summer of 2020 as a way to provide opportunities and resources for high school students to gain access to engineering, medicine, and other STEM fields. BEEP is a community oriented, student-led initiative. It connects local high schools and high school students with the bioengineering program at the CU Denver and CU Anschutz campuses. Throughout the year, BEEP will provide mentorship, tutoring, activities, events, lab tours, presentations, and other ways for high school students to engage with the resources available at the CU campuses.

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The program is free for any high schooler who wants to join and is low commitment – there is no application process. We also partner and work with other groups in the area doing similar work to maximize the opportunities available and have the greatest impact. Please see below for our monthly event calendar and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or want any more information! 

As a note: during the pandemic, everything we offer will be virtual and online.

BEEP News

Stay up-to-date with the latest news stories regarding the BioEngineering Empowerment Program and Department of Bioengineering at CU Denver. This section showcases the most recent BEEP stories and provides an insight into the history of the program through archived news. 

Event Calendar

Find the BEEP event and help session schedule within the interactive calendar below. For details including: event summaries, times/locations, Zoom links, and more please visit our Event Details page. 

Calendars

Note: all events are free and don’t require an application. Both events and help sessions require submission of a sign-up form. For more details, visit the Event Details page or click on an event of interest in the interactive calendar above.

For the events, we ask you show up on time. For help sessions, feel free to drop in at any time.

Outside Groups and Opportunities

BEEP is proud to be partnered with multiple organizations, helping further our goal of empowering high school students to seek careers in the STEM field. Below is more information on these partners as well as opportunities for high school students to get more involved in the program.

We are proud to work with the following organizations. For more information, click on the name of each to be redirected to their website: 

  • DPS Career Development Team
    • This program equips students with high-demand skills and leads to opportunities for continued education and careers.
  • Colorado GEAR UP
    • A statewide, federally funded outreach program that aims to connect low income students with the resources they need to enter and succeed in the collegiate arena. 
  • CU Pre-Health Scholars (CUPS)
    • The CU Pre-Health Scholars Program (CUPS) is an academic enrichment program designed to provide resources and guidance to students from diverse backgrounds and identities who are interested in entering health professions. They are currently accepting enrollment from first- and second-year high school students.
  • Girls Inc.
    • Girls Inc. is a program that creates opportunities for young women. They offer long-lasting mentoring relationships, a pro-girl environment, and research-based programming that equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers, and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. Their Eureka! Program runs from 8-12th grades and they take applications the summer before 8th grade. They also offer workshops online, open to any female HS students! Please register through your school or contact us for how to register. 

*If you are a group interested in partnering with us, please contact the program or outreach coordinators (click "Contact BEEP" button at the top of this page). 

Involvement in BEEP can lead to significant opportunities, including:

  • Youth Leadership Opportunities for high school Juniors and Seniors who want to get more involved in the program. 
  • Earn college credit through CU succeed or concurrent enrollment courses. 
  • Make connections for letters of recommendation to use for college applications. 
  • Gain a further understanding of research labs on the Anschutz Medical Campus through experience.
  • Support on projects to participate in the Colorado and Intel Science and Engineering Fairs.
  • Involvement in the BEEP program can grant individuals preferential application status in the Department of Bioengineering, as well as waived application fees. 
  • It is our hope in the near future to set up a scholarship fund exclusive to high school students involved in BEEP. 

Content

Find the most recent BEEP-related content, including (but not limited to) videos of events and informative documents. For all content from past events, please visit our Content Archive.

BEEP Introduction Event (FULL)