Engineering the Next Generation (ENG)

Applications for ENG are now open!
For six weeks, students work with Columbia Engineering researchers and participate in programming to develop their academic and professional skills. Students gain practical research experience, collaborate with research faculty, staff, and students, practice new skills, and take part in multi-level mentorship.

  • Program components include experience in working on genuine engineering research projects, research skills and college prep workshops, science communications workshops, and additional supplemental seminars and opportunities. 
  • Students are provided with a stipend to support them over the summer. 
  • We encourage all rising seniors (current 11th graders) with an interest in engineering and research to apply.

Note: Admitted students must follow Columbia University's public health protocols, which include vaccination against COVID-19, masking, and distancing where appropriate.

Get Involved

The ENG program is a great opportunity for members of the Columbia Engineering community to connect with high school students.

  • Undergraduate summer researchers can be involved in college preparation workshops
  • Graduate students can serve as mentors for ENG students
  • Postdocs can teach research skills seminars and contribute to career planning workshops
  • Faculty host ENG students in their labs

If you would like to participate next summer, please email fill out this application.

Note: Applicants for ENG will also be required to apply to the Department of Youth and Community Development's Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). Please create a separate tab and complete the SYEP application found here: (


  • ENG is not listed as an SYEP provider. Please select ANY SYEP program.
    • After that, eligible students will be prompted to apply for Ladders For Leaders, where you should select PENCIL as your provider.
      • Students must select PENCIL in order to be placed with Columbia ENG

Application Resources:

ENG Cohorts 2022

In 2022, our students focused on doing computational research with their labs and mentors. The program included daily research skills and science communications workshops, which culminated in multiple projects. To learn more about the 2022 ENG cohort and their projects, click here!