CAPS Research Apprentice

The CAPS Research Apprenticeship is a semester-long introduction to STEM research. Apprentices learn about STEM graduate program career avenues and undergraduate research opportunities.

The apprenticeship involves:
  • Shadowing experience within a relevant STEM discipline​ (Dr. Renee will match you with a faculty mentor that aligns with your interests)
  • Development of quantitative research, writing, and communication skills through a one-credit course​
  • Community building and networking with professors and peers


In order to be eligible to become a CAPS Research Apprentice students must:

  • Be a first or second year student at UConn in good academic standing
  • Be enrolled in a STEM major
  • Identify as first-generation to college and from a household defined as low-income by the U.S. Department of Education and/or self-identify as an underrepresented racial or ethnic group in STEM graduate studies (these details are defined on the intent to apply and on the application)


Contact CAPS Research Scholars/McNair Scholars Program Director, Renee Trueman, Ph.D.:

Apply to Become a CAPS Research Apprentice!

For fall 2024 participation, applications are now open. Apply by 12noon EST on March 5, 2024.


Planning to apply? Please complete this short form to inform the office staff:

Attend an info session on WebEx with Dr. Renee (

  • February 7 @ 10 – 10:45am
  • February 12 @ 3 – 3:45pm
  • February 23 @ 11 – 11:45am
  • February 29 @ 12 - 12:45pm

Students from all UConn campuses who are eligible and who will be at Storrs for the fall 2024 semester are encouraged to apply.