Male participant adjusts his LEGO Mindstorm robot


Program Dates: July 16 – 22, 2023


*Applications for the 2023 Academy will open on December 1, 2022, and close on March 1, 2023.  Please check back soon for the link!*

CATALYST Academy is a one-week residential program for rising high school juniors and seniors from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields, and who desire to learn about engineering and careers in the context of an authentic college experience.  The program seeks to develop literacy surrounding engineering as a major course of study in college, careers in engineering, and demystify the admissions process. 

CATALYST Scholars spend a week on the Cornell campus, living in dormitories, and networking with current Cornell Engineering students, faculty, and a diverse group of participants from across the country.  Participants attend daily classes in one area of study led by a Cornell Engineering faculty member, and work cooperatively under the supervision of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students to execute and present a research project.  Additionally, students participate in nine (9) field sessions across our engineering majors, as well as a field session focused on the admissions process.  Discover more about CATALYST Academy, and consider spending part of your summer with us!

COVID-19 Update

The 2023 program will be held in-person.

CATALYST Supporters

We thank the following Cornell Alumni donors for their generous support of the CATALYST Academy.

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