Crafted by Colby faculty members, the Colby Achievement Program in the Sciences (CAPS) 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. 

What is CAPS?

CAPS students spend five weeks at Colby during the summer prior to their first year conducting research with professors and completing science-focused course work through classroom, lab, and field experiences. CAPS is designed to help students thrive in their first-year science courses and get the most out of their Colby education. CAPS students earn one graded academic credit for their work, which applies to the 128 credits needed to graduate.


About ten students are accepted into the program each summer. Every applicant to Colby is considered for CAPS. The admissions committee looks for talented, motivated students from groups traditionally underrepresented in scientific fields who would benefit from intensive science preparation. For more information, contact Senior Assistant Director of Admissions Hannah Hartnett ’21.