Male participant adjusts his LEGO Mindstorm robot

CATALYST Academy

Program Date: July 2022

The application for the 2022 program will open in December 2021. Application due date will be March 1, 2022.

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: Recent programs were held online. We hope to hold the 2022 program in-person. All decisions will be in compliance with Cornell University guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.


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