Engineering Student Project Teams – Recruiting & Applications

Joining an Engineering Student Project Team offers students the opportunity to become part of a diverse, collaborative, and engaging community of students from across Cornell.

Fall 2021 Recruiting

In the fall, project teams follow two distinct recruiting timelines, one for upperclassmen (including transfer students) and one for new first-year students. The modified recruiting timeline for freshmen allows new students the chance to explore project teams, as well as other opportunities across campus, while settling into classes and adjusting to life at Cornell.

Most teams recruit both upperclassmen and freshmen in the fall, and many also recruit new members in the spring. A spring 2022 recruiting timeline (for all students) will be posted later in the fall semester.

Applications

Students that decide they would like to join a project team will complete a two-part application process.

Step one: Complete the General Project Team Application

This application is common for all Engineering Student Project Teams and collects basic identifying and demographic information. Applicants select which team(s) they are applying to on this general form. This basic information is shared with specific teams once the application period is closed.

Step two: Complete the team-specific application for each team that you are applying to.

Timeline for recruiting upperclassmen (including transfer students)
DateEvent / Deadline
Week of
Aug. 23
Recruiting Begins
Recruiting activities (info sessions, 1050 visits, etc.) may begin when fall semester starts. Team applications will be “open” when recruiting starts. Teams will not review applications before the due date and students will not get an advantage by submitting early.
Wed.,
Sept. 8
(11:59pm)
Applications Due
See individual team websites (linked from the main Project Teams website) for application information. Project Teams may begin reviewing applications after this date.
Wed.,
Sept. 22
Uniform "First Offer" Date
This is the earliest that Project Teams can invite new upperclassmen to join their team. Applicants must be allowed at least 48 hours to respond.
Fri.,
Oct. 1
(5:00pm)
Project Team Add Deadline
All students participating in project team work for credit must be enrolled by this deadline. Petitions for late adds, after this date, will not be approved.
Timeline for recruiting freshmen
DateEvent / Deadline
Week of
Aug. 23
Recruiting Begins
Recruiting activities (info sessions, 1050 visits, etc.) may begin when fall semester starts. Team applications will be “open” when recruiting starts. Teams will not review applications before the due date and students will not get an advantage by submitting early.
Tues.,
Sept. 21,
4pm-7pm
Project Team Fest
Visit with representatives of Cornell Engineering Student Project Teams to learn about their projects, what makes them unique, and opportunities to join. Teams will host tables in Duffield Atrium, MAE Student Lounge (116 Upson), and the Experiential Learning Lab (basement level, Upson Hall).
Fri.,
Oct. 1
(11:59pm)
Applications Due
See individual team websites (linked from the main Project Teams website) for application information. Project Teams may begin reviewing applications after this date.
Mon.,
Oct. 18
Uniform "First Offer" Date
This is the earliest that Project Teams can invite new freshmen to join their team. Applicants must be allowed at least 48 hours to respond.
Wed.,
Oct. 20
Freshmen On-Boarding
Freshmen on-boarding may begin after this date, once a team's roster is complete. Freshmen will not enroll for credit in fall 2021. They may participate in team activities that include mentoring, shadowing, on-boarding, and training. Time expectations should be minimal (<10 hrs/week) and should be clearly defined for new students. Freshmen will have the option to enroll in project team work for credit, along with the new on-boarding course, in spring 2022.
Team-Specific Applications
Project TeamTeam-Specific ApplicationNotes
AguaClara CornellAguaClara Cornell applicationExplore our website to learn more!
Cornell AppDevCornell AppDev applicationOnly upperclass students will be recruited in FA21
Cornell Autonomous BicycleCornell Autonomous Bicycle application 
Cornell Autonomous Sailboat Team (CUSail)CUSail application 
Cornell Baja RacingCornell Baja Racing application 
Cornell ChemE CarCornell ChemE Car application 
Cornell Cup RoboticsCornell Cup Robotic application 
Cornell Concrete CanoeCornell Concrete Canoe application 
Cornell Data ScienceCornell Data Science application 
Cornell DEBUTCornell DEBUT application 
Cornell Design and Tech Initiative (DTI)Cornell Design and Tech Initiative application 
Cornell Design Build Fly (DBF)Cornell Design Build Fly (DBF) application 
Cornell Electric Vehicles (CEV)Cornell Electric Vehicles (CEV) application 
Cornell Engaged IoTCornell Engaged IoT application 
Cornell Engineering World Health (EWH)Cornell Engineering World Health application 
Cornell HyperloopCornell Hyperloop application 
Cornell ICPCComing Soon 
Cornell iGEMCornell iGEM applicationEveryone will be recruited on the freshmen timeline
Cornell Mars RoverCornell Mars Rover application 
Cornell Micro-GCornell Micro-G application 
Cornell Racing (FSAE)Cornell Racing (FSAE) application 
Cornell RocketryCornell Rocketry application 
Cornell Seismic DesignCornell Seismic Design applicationPlease find our applications on our website
Cornell Steel BridgeCornell Steel Bridge application 
Cornell University Solar BoatCornell University Solar Boat application 
Cornell University Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (CUAUV)Cornell Autonomous Underwater Vehicle applicationEveryone will be recruited on the freshmen timeline
Cornell Unmanned Air Systems (CUAir)Cornell Unmanned Air Systems (CUAir) applicationEveryone will be recruited on the freshmen timeline
CU GeoDataCU GeoData application 
Engineers for a Sustainable World - Cornell (ESW)Engineers for a Sustainable World application 
Engineers in ActionEngineers in Action application 
Engineers Without Borders - Cornell (EWB)Engineers Without Borders - Cornell (EWB) application 

Questions?

Lauren Stulgis, Swanson Director of Student Project Teams | ls948@cornell.edu, 607-255-6366