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.

BEEP's mission is to create a diverse STEM workforce, especially in health sciences, through providing equitable resources and opportunity to underrepresented, marginalized youth.

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.

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 educational organizations. For more information, click on the name of each to be redirected to their website: 

  • Colorado BioScience Institute
    • The Colorado Bioscience Institute (the Institute) is a 501(c)3 non-profit providing workforce development and STEM education programs to help create a stronger more diversified life science talent pipeline in Colorado. The Institute provides educational programs for students and educators, individuals and companies contributing to the overall workforce cultivation efforts in our state. The Institute is reaching diverse audiences of grades 6-16 students & teachers; improving access to bioscience career opportunities and providing mentorship.


  • 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. 


  • 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.

  • Project Lead the Way (PLTW)
    • Project Lead The Way provides transformative learning experiences for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. by creating an engaging, hands-on classroom environment that empowers students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills they need to thrive.


  • Future Health Professionals (HOSA)
    • Colorado HOSA provides opportunities for students who are pursuing careers in the healthcare field. They develop leadership and technical HODA skill competencies through a program of motivation, awareness, and recognition, by offering events, leadership opportunities and large-scale competitions.


  • Colorado Career and Technical Education (CO CTE)
    • Colorado CTE works to provide quality educational programs emphasizing core academic content, Postsecondary & Workforce Readiness (PWR) competencies, technical skills, and seamless transition to further education or employment and better prepare students, including special populations to meet challenges of the workforce, economic development, and emerging occupations.


*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).

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

  • 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.


  • STaRS Program
    • BEEP is partnering with CUPS to provide mentorship to the new STaRS Program, which focuses on a specific maker-challenge internship.


  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
    • SWE has given women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry. Our organization is centered around a passion for our members' success and continues to evolve with the challenges and opportunities reflected in today's exciting engineering and technology specialties.


  • SWENext
    • SWENext is a way for girls to become a part of the SWE engineering community as a student through the age of 18. SWENexters have access to programs, mentors, and resources designed to develop leadership skills and self-confidence to #BeThatEngineer and succeed in a career in engineering and technology.


  • Think Like a Scientist (TLaS)
    • TLaS is a non-profit mentoring program through CU Anschutz whose mission is to show children from diverse backgrounds that science is fun and anyone can become a scientist. TLaS provides hands-on science activities to enrich scientific thinking in elementary school students in Aurora, CO.


  • CU Anschutz Student Senate
    • Student Senate is the interdisciplinary student governance group at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Representatives are elected from every class in every school or program: Anesthesiologist Assistants, Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant, Dentistry, Basic Sciences Grate School, School of Public Health, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Physical Therapy.


  • Neuroscience Outreach Group (NOG)
    • The Neuroscience Outreach Group (NOG) aims to engage and educate the Front Range in neuroscience education and outreach. We are committed to increasing equity and diversity in the sciences, especially within neuroscience. Our mission is to educate and inspire youth and adults by fostering connections with scientists.


  • Young Hands in Science (YHS)
    • Young Hands in Science (YHS) is a student-led and operated organization at CU Anschutz. They offer class content, curriculum and resources that teachers can utilize to engage their students in science. Their goal is to increase science engagement, knowledge, and diversity through simple, accessible science activities that only take one class period.


*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). 

We are proud to work with the following companies within the biotech industry. For more information, click on the name of each organization to be redirected to their website: 

  • Medtronic
    • At Medtronic, we believe in the power of medical technology to improve lives. We are among the largest medical device companies in the world; development of our therapies help 72 million people a year and support our Mission to alleviate pain, restore health, and extend life. We value diverse perspectives and encourage our employees to be themselves. We hold each other accountable, act with integrity, and make quality our highest priority. We are privileged and committed to be part of the communities where we live and work.


  • Blankenship Research
    • Whether a startup, emerging or established corporation, Blankenship Research offers Medical Device Development Consulting for Ideation, Innovation, Product R&D, Design Controls, and more. Larry Blankenship constantly seeks opportunities to bring meaningful healthcare products to the patients and caregivers who need them.


  • Numotion
    • Numotion is the nation's largest and leading provider of products and services that provide mobility, health and personal independence. Our focus in Complex Rehab Technology (CRT), urological supplies, home accessibility, accessible vehicles and other assistive technology helps improve the lives of people with disabilities by enabling them to actively participate in everyday life. CRT is medically necessary, individually configured mobility products and services, including manual and power wheelchairs, designed to meet the unique medical and functional needs of individuals with significant disabilities and medical conditions to provide them with greater independence. At Numotion, Mobility and Independence Start Here. 

*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. 





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.

Featured Video: Undergraduate Bioengineering Program Pitch with Shaun Boulier

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