Black Professional Engineers and Scientists (CABPES) holds 41st Annual Student Awards Banquet

The Colorado Association of Black Professional Engineers and Scientists (CABPES) recently held its 41st Annual Student Awards Banquet on May 7th at the Arvada Center. This event was a celebration of over 41 years of STEM education opportunities that have been provided to underrepresented minority youth by the organization.

Over 350 guests and supporters attended the event, which included a silent auction and presentations from students in the Junior Engineers, Tomorrow’s Scientists (JETS) classes. The theme of this year’s event was “Improving Human Health Through Advancements in Bioengineering and Biomedical Disciplines.” The student presentations demonstrated a deep understanding of complex concepts and showcased innovative work and creative solutions.

The awards ceremony recognized outstanding students in each engineering class and in the Math Enrichment Program classes. Additionally, four graduating seniors were recognized and awarded college scholarships to support their ongoing education, most of them in STEM fields. The ceremony was a touching moment, with a palpable sense of pride and joy in the room.

The event also included a silent auction and a chance for guests to donate to raise funds for the organization and its mission. CABPES continues to deliver its vital mission to the community, and donations from generous supporters are crucial to its ongoing success.

Overall, the event was a significant milestone for CABPES, and it highlighted the organization’s commitment to ensuring that underrepresented minority youth have access to the STEM education and opportunities they need to reach their full potential. The event was a powerful reminder of the impact that can be made when a community comes together to support a shared passion for innovating new ways to teach STEM.


The Colorado Association of Black Professional Engineers and Scientists (CABPES) was founded in 1980 with the mission of preparing underrepresented minority youth for careers in STEM. Today, CABPES offers three after-school programs for 5th -12th graders:  Junior Engineers, Tomorrow’s Scientists (JETS), the Math Enrichment Program (MEP), and the SAT/ACT College Preparatory Class.  In addition, a Summer Math Boot Camp is offered. We have also entered a team in the regional Future City Competition each year for the last four years.  CABPES’ students placed in the top four teams in three of these four years. 

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