Group of participants in safety helmets at Hoffman Challenge ropes course


Program Dates: July 18-24, 2021

Each day during the CATALYST Academy includes academic, research and social aspects.

Field Sessions (morning)

  • Two field sessions led by Cornell Engineering faculty in various engineering disciplines.
  • Students learn about the field, curriculum, current trends and research.
  • Interactive demonstrations and/or hands-on activities.
  • Cornell’s Engineering Admissions presentation providing insight about applying to Cornell and the general admissions process.

Research/Design Project Sessions (afternoon)

  • CATALYST Scholars work in small collaborative groups under the auspices of a Cornell Engineering faculty research director.
  • The faculty and a team of post-docs, graduate students, and/or undergraduates instruct and mentor CATALYST through a curriculum which culminates into a specific project.
  • Groups presents their findings or outcomes on the final day. Parents or guardians are welcomed to attend the final presentations.

Social Activities (evenings)

  • CATALYST program assistants lead the cohort in social activities and friendly engineering competitions.
  • Review a sample schedule [pdf]
  • Please note the schedule below is an overview of the program activities. Faculty, location and times are subject to change.