Male participant adjusts his LEGO Mindstorm robot

CATALYST Academy

2020 Program Dates: July 12-18, 2020

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020 program. Applications were due by March 2, 2020.

CATALYST Academy is a one-week residential 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 come to 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!

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