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).


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

Undergraduate Bioengineering Program Pitch - University of Colorado Denver

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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.