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About CATALYST Academy



  • GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, with strong performance in math and science courses;
  • Be a high school rising junior or senior;
  • Be on an academic trajectory that will include the following courses prior to graduation: calculus, physics and/or chemistry, and at least one additional related, advanced science and/or math course.



CATALYST Academy tuition – $1,850.00 (tuition is subject to change)

  • Includes room, board/meals, and research supplies
  • Payable after notification of acceptance/admission

We strive to make the program accessible to our participants. We encourage applicants who are concerned about affordability to apply for a scholarship.

​Additionally, rising seniors (class of 2025) who are African/Black American, Latino, Native American/Alaska Native, or Pacific Islander and/or first-generation college students meeting the requirements below will automatically be considered for a tuition waiver for the 2024 CATALYST Academy.


  • Scholarships for tuition and/or travel are available based upon demonstrated need.
  • To be considered for scholarship, submit the Financial Assistance Form in conjunction with the CATALYST Academy Application and supporting documents by March 1, 2024.
  • If you are admitted to CURIE Academy as well, and you submit the financial assistance form, you will receive a separate scholarship award notification.
  • All participants are required to pay a $75 non-refundable deposit.

We anticipate admission decisions to be released by early April 2024 via email.