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 to excel in natural science courses. Students earn a stipend for their participation in CAPS as well as one academic credit hour. All transportation, room and board for participants are covered by the college.

During the summer of 2022 the program will run during the last week in June through the end of July.

CAPS students in lab

CAPS participants spend five 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 five-week experience, students present their findings either at the Colby Undergraduate Summer Research Retreat or at a CAPS Research Symposium.

Approximately 10 students participate in the program each summer. CAPS classes are a mix of talented, motivated students from groups traditionally underrepresented in scientific fields, international students, and first generation students with aspirations to enter scientific and/or medical fields.