Students work in biomedical engineering lab

Resources & Programs

Cornell Programs

CATALYST Academy: a one-week program for rising high school juniors and seniors who excel in math and science and want to explore engineering. The program targets students traditionally underrepresented in engineering and is co-ed. CATALYST runs concurrently to CURIE Academy; young women can apply to both programs simultaneously.

Cornell Summer College: We offer pre-college programs for talented high school students. Experience the excitement of college life, take college courses with renowned faculty, and enjoy an “unforgettable, life-changing summer.” The program offers Engineering and Science related courses.

Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP): Six-week educational experience for high school juniors that offers challenges and rewards rarely encountered in secondary school or even college.

Opportunities External to Cornell

Pathways to ScienceCornell Diversity Programs in Engineering partners with the Institute of Broadening Participation (IBP). IBP hosts an excellent resource, Pathways to Science, to connect students to STEM programming in your surrounding area or nationwide. Pathways to Science: STEM programs, funding information, career information, and other STEM resources for K-12 students and their parents.

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME): NACME lets you explore everything you need to know about engineering. You can learn what kinds of engineers there are, what courses to take to become an engineer, how to apply to engineering colleges, and even how to pay for college. As you go through school, remember that NACME is here to back you on your journey toward becoming an engineering professional. NACME gives scholarships to underrepresented minorities (URMs) to support diversity with equity.

EngineerGirl: Brings national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women.

Girls Who Code: 2-week virtual program teaches girls—trans and cis—and non-binary students computer science skills.

Zero Robotics: Is a robotics programming competition where the robots are SPHERES satellites inside the International Space Station. The competition starts online, where teams compete to solve an annual challenge guided by mentors. Participants can create, edit, share, save, simulate and submit code, all from a web browser.

Diversity Engineering Organizations available to High School students

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)Learn about events in your area as well as scholarships!

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE Jr): Provides youth with opportunities to participate in hands-­on STEM activities. Members have the opportunity to attend the Pre-­College Symposium held at SHPE’s National Conference, participate in academic and engineering summer camps, compete in National Science Bowls, and participate in local science fairs along with many other opportunities.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE Jr): Provides activities to help students discover first hand how engineering and technology relate to the world around them and discover the excitement of academic excellence, leadership, technical development and teamwork.

College Planning Resources

College Board: Offers a guide to preparing for college for 9th and 10th graders (guide PDF). Additional guides are also available.