Program Details:

CU-Stars: CU Science, Technology, Astronomy Recruits

Our program recruits incoming and continuing undergraduate science majors from diverse backgrounds to a program at Fiske Planetarium and Sommers-Bausch Observatory. Our program includes internships, mentoring and tutoring, special sessions with local scientists, telescope observing, and a fun and supportive community.

A special part of CU-STARS is our outreach program. Each year, we visit several Colorado middle and high schools, including both urban and rural schools throughout the state. During these 1-2 day visits student teams lead hands-on science classes, informal demonstrations, and evening star parties for the whole community. Our programs are designed and led by the students, on the topics they are most excited to teach. Classes and activities include astrobiology, solar flares, eclipses, cosmology, emerging technologies, and the search for other planets.

The CU Outreach Committee has generously provided support for this program, which we offer at no cost to the schools. CU-STARS has visited schools in the Denver, Saint Vrain, Roaring Fork Valley, Trinidad, Delta, Weld County, and Montrose school districts. If you are interested in having us visit your school, please contact us!

This is a private program by request only, or for a specific audience or group. For more information, please visit the program website.


In Colorado

  • Denver
  • Frederick
  • Greeley
  • San Luis

Program Partners

Supporting This Program

  • Fiske Planetarium
  • Sommers-Bausch Observatory

Sponsoring Units

Arts & Sciences, College of

  • Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences, Department of
  • Fiske Planetarium

Program Contact

Erica Ellingson
Associate Professor

Program Categories


  • Diversity
  • Education (K-12)
  • Natural Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Science
  • Space Sciences
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
  • Technology

Program Types:

  • Classroom Instruction
  • Community Event
  • Field Trip
  • Professional Development - Other
  • Public Lecture/Demonstration


  • General Public
  • Minority Group(s)
  • Rural Communities
  • Students - High School
  • Students - Middle School
  • Tribal Communities (in U.S.)
  • Urban Communities

We do our best to accurately represent CU Boulder’s outreach programs and services, but they are subject to change and may no longer be active in a community. Please contact the program directly for current information.