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CATALYST Academy program participants gather around a computer outside during a research project

High School Summer Programs

An exciting world of discovery is waiting for you. This summer, come to Cornell University and find out for yourself! Learn more about the Diversity Programs in Engineering (DPE) high school summer programs!

Explore Engineering

Dream big. Love what you do. Become an Engineer!

Wouldn't it be great if there were something you could study in college that would:

  • allow you to express your creativity and explore your passions?
  • encourage you to push the limits of your imagination?
  • reward you for being great in math and science?
  • lead to a career in science, management, medicine, law, politics, natural resources, manufacturing, or countless other areas?
  • help you make the world a better place to live?
  • lead to exciting work anywhere in the world with people from different backgrounds and cultures?

Well there is something that provides all of these opportunities and more... It's Engineering!


CURIE & CATALYST Summer Academies

DPE is proud to offer the week-long CURIE and CATALYST Academies for rising high school juniors and seniors each July. Applications are are due each spring for the upcoming summer's programs. Visit the CURIE Academy site and CATALYST Academy site for more information about the individual programs and to apply.

CURIE Academy participants gather in a lab to work on a research project

CURIE Academy

The CURIE Academy is a week-long summer program at Cornell University for young women interested in learning about engineering. CURIE participants spend a week living on Cornell's campus, work on a research project with Cornell Engineering faculty, and of course have a lot of fun and form lasting friendships! Applicants must be rising high school juniors or seniors (current high school sophomores or juniors). For more information on the program, application requirements, and financial assistance, please visit the CURIE Academy website: https://sites.coecis.cornell.edu/curieacademy/.

CATALYST Academy participants pose for a silly group photo

CATALYST Academy

Each summer, the CATALYST Academy brings together young men and women of diverse racial, socioeconomic, and geographic backgrounds to spend a week at Cornell learning about engineering fields and opportunities, gaining actual hands-on research experience, and forging peer and mentor connections, all while still finding time to have fun! Eligible students of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be rising high school juniors or seniors (current high school sophomores or juniors). For more information on the program, application requirements, and financial assistance, please visit the CATALYST Academy website: https://sites.coecis.cornell.edu/catalystacademy/.