The Colby Achievement Program in the Sciences (CAPS) begins with a Colby-funded summer research experience that equips select incoming students with the quantitative and laboratory skills necessary for success in natural science courses.

During the summer of 2021 a one week virtual experience will be held as well as significant programming throughout the academic year. Colby fully expects to return to the in person, six-week program during the summer of 2022.

CAPS students in lab

CAPS participants spend six weeks at Colby during the summer prior to their first year conducting collaborative research with professors, completing science-focused course work, and getting to know other students on campus. Crafted by Colby faculty members, this program is specifically designed to help students become well-versed in scientific research methods in the lab and field, to get to know professors, and to create lasting bonds with their classmates—a formula for success in the sciences at Colby.

At the end of the six-week experience, students present their findings at the Colby Undergraduate Summer Research Retreat with other student researchers on campus.

Ten students are accepted into the program each summer. Eligibility: talented, motivated students from groups traditionally underrepresented in scientific fields who would benefit from intensive science preparation.