Male participant adjusts his LEGO Mindstorm robot

CATALYST Academy

Update (4/15): CATALYST Academy will be held virtually from Sunday July 25th – Saturday July 31st.

Program Dates: July 25-31, 2021

We are no longer accepting applications for 2021. Applications were due by March 15th. See below for information about COVID-19 impact on CATALYST Academy.

CATALYST Academy is a one-week program for rising high school juniors and seniors from underrepresented backgrounds who desire to learn about engineering and careers within an interactive milieu. This summer connect with Cornell University and find out for yourself at the CATALYST Academy! Find out more about the program!


Cornell Engineering break the rules motto

  1. Express your creativity and explore your passions!
  2. Push the limits of your imagination!
  3. Reward yourself for being great in math and science!
  4. Lead a career in science, business, medicine, law, politics, natural resources, or countless other areas!
  5. Work with people from various backgrounds and cultures!
  6. Make the world a better place to live!

COVID-19 Impact: The 2021 program will be held online. We understand that students were hoping to visit the Cornell Ithaca campus. However, conducting the program online is the best option to reduce risk for all involved, be in compliance with current Cornell University visitor rules, and provide a great opportunity for students.


special thanks to our sponsors

We thank the following partners for their generous support of the CATALYST Academy.

Cornell Alumni Donors:

  • Han-Yang Lo ’98
  • Elaine Tam ’98
  • Harvey Willensky ’71 and Margie Willensky
  • Robert L. Ryan ’68

Corporate Partners:

  • Black & Decker